For many years hunters have been able to take raccoon and opossum at night. Under temporary rules adopted by the Wildlife Resources Commission at its July 12 meeting, hunters can also take coyotes and feral swine at night with a light starting Aug. 1, 2012. The temporary rules will remain in effect for up to 270 days, during which time the Commission will continue to pursue permanent rules.
The answers to these frequently asked questions will guide hunters who want to hunt feral swine and coyotes at night:
Private land only.The Landowner Protection Act requires hunters to obtain written permission to hunt posted property. Some counties have additional laws for written permission. See the local laws section of the 2012-2013 Regulations Digest. At this time there is no night hunting for coyotes and feral swine on public lands.
Not for private land hunting. In the future when the Commission offers night hunting on game lands, hunting will be permit-only.
This permit was a temporary measure before the Commission adopted night hunting rules. This permit is no longer needed and the Commission is no longer issuing them.
Hunters may use electronic calls for coyotes and feral swine.
Feral swine may be hunted at night with lights.
Coyotes may be hunted at night with artificial lights except in the counties of Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington. In those five counties, the following apply:
On Sundays the following apply:
There are no bag limits.Hunters can harvest an unlimited number of coyotes and feral swine.
No,except fully automatic firearms are unlawful to use in hunting at any time.
There are no restrictions. All artificial lights and night vision equipment is legal.
No. Local light laws prohibit a person from “…intentionally shin(ing) alight upon a deer or intentionally sweep(ing) a light in search of deer.” As long as the hunter is honestly using his light to hunt coyotes or feral swine,he is not in violation of local light laws.
It is unlawful to use a motor vehicle in taking coyote, feral swine or any other wild animal or wild bird when the passenger area is occupied or if the motor is running.