I normally stop shooting coyotes around 1 Feb and don't start up again until around 1 Sep. Gives them a chance to mate, give birth and raise a litter without to much harrasment, at least from me. There are some exceptions to the rule, if one of the local ranchers is having a coyote problem I'll go out and try to kill a coyote or two for him. This year we had one coming through the backyard on a fairly regular basis but caused us no concern as our Dobbie takes care of all trespassers. Our neighbor raises chickens and when a few of them went missing we kinda figured out who was responsible, a few days later Mr. Coyote came wandering through the backyard with Mrs. Hen firmly planted between his uppers and lowers. He died. Have no problem with people who hunt them all year it's just something I don't do, as it provides for more targets in the fall.