Two proposed changes deal with coyote hunting. Both are included in administrative-regulation bills currently before the state Legislature, and will not have to be voted on by the Commission.
The first change would allow hunters to use .22-caliber centerfire rifles to kill coyotes at night. Current regulations restrict hunters who hunt at night to use less-powerful rimfire rifles.
DNR Director Frank Jezioro said such popular varmint-hunting calibers as the .223 Remington, the .22-250 Remington, the .222 Remington and the .220 Swift would all become legal if lawmakers approve the regulation.
The second change would allow hunters to use any colored light they wish for night coyote hunting. Current law restricts them to red or amber lights.
Fisheries officials proposed just three regulation changes.
The first would place a 40-inch minimum size limit on muskellunge in a one-mile stretch of the North Fork of the Hughes River in Ritchie County. The special-regulations area would begin at the North Bend Lake dam and would extend downstream one mile.
The second proposal would establish catch-and-release regulations for black bass at Edwards Run Pond, a new impoundment recently filled and stocked for the public.
The third proposal would establish a 30-inch minimum size limit for tiger muskellunge and northern pike.
Natural Resources Commission members will vote on the proposed changes later this year, either at the April or July quarterly meetings.
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