While hunting for big game (Elk) in the Snake River Zone with my pistol we have come across coyotes. However, since we were in the "short range weapon only" area we decided not to take them.
Could I have used my rifle (22-250 or 243 rem.) to take predators or unprotected animals at that time, or for that matter "anytime" while in this zone?
The short range designation applies to big game hunting. You can use any legal weapon to hunt predators and unprotected species.