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Georgia Coyote Challenge begins March 2017



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DNR press release

     In order to encourage the taking of coyotes from March to August, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is introducing the Georgia Coyote Challenge.  Each coyote killed, up to five (5) a month per hunter/trapper, will earn an entry into a monthly drawing for a lifetime license (or equal credit for purchase of hunting/fishing licenses). 

“Currently, scientific research suggests that removal of coyotes during the spring and summer is the most advantageous time to reduce the impact of predation on native wildlife,” says Georgia DNR Commissioner Mark Williams. “We want to encourage coyote removal efforts during this critical period.”

The coyote (Canis latrans) is a non-native predator that can be found in every county in Georgia and has the unique ability to live in a variety of habitats.  Trapping and/or hunting are legal and recommended methods for managing coyotes.  Because they did not historically live in Georgia, there is no closed season for their harvest. 

How do you participate in the Georgia Coyote Challenge? 

•Participants may bring a coyote carcass to any of the following Wildlife Resources Division offices, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays:

Game Management Region offices

Riverbend WMA office

Waycross Fisheries Management office

Demeries Creek Fisheries Management office 

Richmond Hill Fish Hatchery office


•Participants can submit up to five coyotes for five entries in the contest in a single month.

•Participant must be present during submission of coyote.

•Coyotes must have been killed between the first and last days of the submission month.  Road-kills, spoiled carcasses, and live coyotes are not eligible.

The sponsor of the first lifetime license (or equal credit for purchase of hunting/fishing licenses) giveaway is the Georgia Hunting and Fishing Federation ( 

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luke skywalker
-12 #1 luke skywalker 2017-02-22 14:40
I think this is bull snot. No evidence that these animals are any more than a pest. Maybe attack a few small pets but otherwise, there seem to be plenty of deer and turkey out there.
from online research, for whatever that is worth, it doesn't appear they are any threat to humans and there are virtually no recorded attacks in Georgia.
I rather see the state pay people to thin the population of mean dogs.
0 #2 Joimonki 2017-03-09 07:13
This is counter productive. In a stable pack of coyotes, only the alpha female has pups and only in the spring. She is also the one most likely to be out hunting alone. If she is killed, all the other females in the pack go in season and have babies, multiplying the problem. If you kill the alpha female in the spring or summer, it is a guarantee you will have 2-4 times more pups born in the fall.
Ask yourself this, how well has trying to kill off coyotes worked for sheep farmers out West?!?!
They are here to stay. Better to deal with a few stable packs than to escalate their reproduction and help them spread!

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