Natural Resources Commission approves year-round coyote hunting

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has approved new coyote hunting rules across the state.

Effective immediately year-round hunting is allowed. The move comes as the Department of Natural Resources and the NRC say they've seen an increase in complaints in both urban and rural areas. The DNR is also hoping this helps the deer population in the Upper Peninsula.

"I would say in the U.P. With the current diminished condition of the deer herd people have been actively interested in the predators and their effects on the deer herd," said John Pepin, DNR. "We've had numerous complaints state-wide though, about coyotes.

There are some regulations for coyote hunting. Dogs must not be used between April 16 and July 7. Trapping regulations are not affected by these new changes.

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