Some friends of mine in south Georgia (USA) are looking for any area in Canada densely populated with coyotes. Until a few years ago they often hunted packs as large as 50 in number using a combination of dogs and horseback with an ultralight aircraft as a spotter. But in recent years the coyote population has dwindled due not to overhunting but to the pervasive spread of canine parvovirus. So, on their behalf, I would like to know if : 1–are coyotes considered vermin in Canada with no limits ?, 2–do local governments, farmers, etc pay bounties such as US$50 per tail ?, 3– are there any restrictions on night hunting (infra-red) with a two-seat ultralight (pilot in rear, shooter in front) using selective-fire 5.56mm (legally registered with BATF, of course) ?
In my opinion hunting anything from an aircraft and shooting at it with a selective fire rifle is NOT fair chase nor is it sporting. It most certainly is NOT humane as there is no way to ensure an accurate shot and a quick kill. I don’t think I even consider this as hunting. And I have never seen a pack of fifty coyotes in my life. The largest pack I have seen is ten to twelve. Usually coyotes are found in pairs or as singles. Packs can be five to ten animals.
The best hunting is from November through to the end of February when the weather is minus thirty or colder. Coyote hunting in Kanada can be compared to deer hunting in the US, the main differences being: no calibre and no maximum limits. The hunting is closed for about one or two months a year too, at least here in Quebec. By the way, no select fire here, the all mighty government prohibits it. No infra red for hunting either, and certainly no shooting from any kind vehicle. It really is (or was ) war and it was pest eradication rather than control.