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Idaho sets wolf limits

Finally some news. Idaho just announced that we can take 220 of these creatures this season. This is great news!!!

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... when does the season start? ... can I get a tag over the counter? .... how are they issuing the tags?

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seasons will be Sept 1st through march 31st in all units except for lolo and sawtooth which will be Sept 15th through Dec 31st. Each unit has a quota, that unit will be closed when it has been met. Tags go on sale next Monday at 10:00 am. From what I can gather there will be unlinited tags sold which will help F&G a bunch. I for one will be one of the first in line. Can't wait to use my new R-15!!!

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Note " "The commission estimates there are 175,000 hunters in Idaho, and an estimated 70,000 will be carrying wolf tags this fall."

I can imagine these numbers will be grossly underestimated as my extended family here in SE Idaho consists of right at 50 individuals that I know for sure will purchase.

C&P from the Idaho Falls Post Register

Limit set for Idaho wolf hunt
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission chose a 2009 harvest cap of 220 wolves.
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Middle ground won the day Monday when the Idaho Fish and Game Commission set the limit for the state's first official wolf hunt.

The seven-man commission voted 4-3 to set the wolf harvest limit at 220 for 2009.

It was the midrange choice of three options up for vote. Option one allowed hunters to kill 130 of an estimated 1,000 wolves this fall. Option three allowed the harvest of 430 wolves.

Members of various environmental groups witnessed the afternoon debate among commissioners, which given passed litigation, is the reason the vote was far from unanimous.

"Litigation definitely had an effect on the decision process for all of us," said Tom McDermott, Idaho Department of Fish and Game commissioner. "But realistically I know hunters are not going to achieve an objective of 220 wolves, so why would we even want to set an objective of 430. We can't get there with hunters alone."

Even with a harvest quota at 220, Defenders of Wildlife officials say that's too high. It is one of the groups involved in the legal battle over wolves.

Idaho eventually wants to trim the wolf population to roughly 500.

"We know that's not enough wolves," said Suzanne Stone, Defenders of Wildlife Northern Rockies representative. "It's about connectivity between the corridors, and (the reduction) limits their ability to connect."

Wolf tags go on sale Monday. Resident tags are $11.75. Nonresident tags are $186. There are 12 wolf management zones in the state, with the hunting season running between Sept. 1 and March 31, depending on the zone.

The commission estimates there are 175,000 hunters in Idaho, and an estimated 70,000 will be carrying wolf tags this fall.

The wolf hunt will close early if the limit of 220 is reached before March 31. There are also regional quotas. If the harvest target is reached in a specific area, that area will close to hunting.

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Idaho sets wolf limits

That is excellent news!

My question is how many of you or people you know report actually seeing wolves and have been in a situtation to take one if you had a tag in your/their hand?

I find it interesting to hear them say that 220 won't be met. Are they that slippery? Can you bait? Can you use dogs?

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I have seen at least one (I think) in the past several years. (I say I think because it was a blur - but in an area of known high activity.) In the past years with their increase in numbers and being protected, they have become pretty bold. It is not uncommon to have hunters come back with actual sightings. It will be interesting once the bullets start flying. They will probably learn fast.

As for baiting, and dogs ... a dog in wolf territory is the bait.

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Serious Hunter wrote:
As for baiting, and dogs ... a dog in wolf territory is the bait.

Now that you mention it I have heard some horror stories but with that being said I wonder if it's just a situation where Wolf hunters with dogs could just change tactics a bit i.e. team up and just overwhelm a pack with many dogs and guns or something of that nature. I wonder what our Alaskan and Canadian fellow hunters do to hunt them? Sit over a gut pile?

I watched a show on the Outdoor channel the other day where they had two wolves blow a stalk on a mule deer. Come to think of it I think there was another show last year thay had a wolf blow an elk hunt.

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It will be interesting to see what the dog/hound people say. I wouldn't be surprised if the dogs would run the other direction. Understand that these adult wolves are hitting (and crossing) 200 pounds. I think hunting them at night with a gunship would be the way to go.

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Location: Carey, Idaho
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I got a photo of this guy in Unit 49....only 20 feet of the road, let me take pictures of him. It was taken on 6 August, 2009. He's collared and tagged. He is a sub-male from the Phantom Hill pack. I estimated his weight to be approximately 65-70 pounds.
The first season, there will be dumb ones like this one killed, then it will not be easy. The Govt. Trappers usually have to fly for them to have consistant luck in killing the ones they are authorized to remove. The fat guys from Burley on their ATV's are not going to be riding around and shooting wolves.

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I doubt he will last long.

Strangely, now that tags are becoming available, my emotions toward the creatures have calmed considerably. (Anyone who has followed my posts knows that I can get pretty worked up about the wolf situation.)

SH

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Idaho sets wolf limits

SH is right. I think that is the whole point for me too. As mad as I get about the subject, I have calmed some just knowing we can take a few of them. It is not going to turn things around right away, but it is a start.

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