New 2022 Laws

Learn about three new laws enacted in 2022. 

Act No. 165 (S.281). An act relating to hunting coyotes with dogs

This act creates a moratorium on hunting coyotes with dogs, effective July 1, 2022, with some exceptions. The moratorium is in effect until the Fish and Wildlife Board establishes permitting rules for this practice. This act also authorizes the use of gun suppressors for hunting, effective June 1, 2022, until July 1, 2024. Read the legislative summary, or view the full act, below. Topics include: fish and wildlife; hunting; hunting coyote with dogs; use of gun suppressors to take game.

Act No. 110 (H.411). An act relating to the retrieval and use of covered wild animals. 

This act requires that hunters retrieve and use any legally harvested specimens of game or furbearer species, effective June 1, 2022. The species covered by this act are moose, deer, bear, wild turkey, gray squirrel, cottontail rabbit and snowshoe hare, game birds, crows, and furbearers. Legal uses for these species are food, fur, hide, feathers, or taxidermy. This act also requires that legally harvested coyotes must be retrieved. Read the legislative summary, or the full act, below. Topics include: fish and wildlife; hunting; retrieval and disposal of wildlife. 

Act No. 159 (S.201). An act relating to best management practices for trapping

This act requires the Fish and Wildlife Department to work with the Legislature and the Fish and Wildlife Board to establish best management practices that modernize trapping and improve the welfare of wildlife taken with the use of traps. The process to establish these best management practices was initiated June 1, 2022. It is expected that new regulations from this process would come into effect during the 2023 trapping season at the earliest; no changes to trapping regulations will be made during the 2022 season. Read the legislative summary, or the full act, below. Topics include: fish and wildlife; trapping; best management practices.

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