To allow landowners or managers to control populations of certain wildlife species as part of a program to help other species of wildlife.
- All permit holders must have a hunting license.
- Permit is valid for use on private land outside of city limits on which the permit holder is the owner, immediate family of owner, lessee or have written permission from the landowner or lessee of the land upon which the permit will be used.
- Permit holders may use firearms to shoot bobcat, coyote, gray fox, opossum, raccoon, red fox, and striped skunk during the day or night outside of the regular hunting seasons for these species. Lights may be used to assist in taking these species with this permit, however restrictions on use of lights from roads still apply. There are no restrictions on the use of firearms except that it is unlawful to hunt raccoon, opossum, or bobcat at night with any rifled slug or shot size larger than No. T, or with any rifle or handgun ammunition other than rimfire ammunition of .22 caliber or smaller. Additionally, general prohibitions on the use of military ball or full metal jacket ammunition to take wildlife still apply.
- Permit holders may trap bobcat, coyote, gray fox, opossum, raccoon, red fox, and striped skunk outside of the regular trapping season. Trapping must be done in accordance with Commission Codes 17.01, 17.02 and 17.03.
- Permits are valid from July 1-June 30th.
- Persons having hunting/trapping privileges revoked are not eligible to obtain or continue to use a Predator Control Permit.
Predator Control Recommendations
Predator control will be most effective in helping ground nesting birds in areas where the habitat is already managed appropriately and food and cover are adequate. If you have poor habitat, predator control is not likely to make any meaningful change for the better. We encourage landowners to first allow trappers to trap on their property during the regular trapping season in the winter and with efforts focused in January/February to limit time for furbearers to recolonize vacated ranges before using a Predator Control Permit.
Predator control will work better on larger properties (>500-1,000 acres) as other animals will be likely to move in quickly after any removals are complete on smaller acreages. Trapping will be the most effective technique to use in reducing predator numbers. When trapping strictly for predator control, setting traps in March-May would be best for removing animals immediately prior to/during nesting season. You will need to commit to setting and checking traps for at least a month with at least 1-2 traps per 50 acres. While we don't recommend feeding deer, if you are doing so set at least 3 traps at each feeder in addition to traps set in other areas on the property. Setting a few traps for a couple of days won't help. Regulations regarding trap types, sizes, trap tags are the same as during the trapping season.
Predator control will need to be conducted annually. Reductions in predator populations are only temporary, even on larger properties, and other animals will move in quickly after removals.
If you wish to protect domestic livestock or pets, coyotes and raccoons can be shot during the day or trapped year-round without a permit. But, if you wish to shoot them at night to protect livestock, you will need to obtain a Depredation Permit, and not the Predator Control Permit. Contact your local AGFC office for details on how to obtain this permit.