Wolf Trapping Seasons Open this Month in Idaho

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It is that time of year again when trappers and hound hunters will be out and about in the wilds of Idaho.

While trapping has long been part of the landscape in Idaho, Fish and Game reminds hound hunters, hunters with bird dogs, and people with pets that trappers have an increased interest to be in the woods because of the wolf trapping season.

The wolf trapping seasons open Tuesday, November 15,and run through March 31 in the Lolo zone; Selway zone; Middle Fork zone; Dworshak-Elk City zone, except Unit 10A; and the Panhandle zone, except for units 2 and 3. All other zones are closed to trapping, subject to commission review in January.

Trappers must complete a required wolf trapping class before they can buy wolf trapping tags, valid only in zones with an open wolf trapping season. Licensed trappers may buy three tags per trapping season. Wolf tags cost $11.50 for resident hunters, and $31.75 for nonresidents. Trappers also may buy an additional two hunting tags per calendar year.

Details of wolf hunting and trapping seasons and rules are available on the Fish and Game Website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=266, and they are published in a pamphlet available at license vendors and Fish and Game offices.

Trapping regulations prohibit traps from the center and within 5 feet of center line of all maintained designated public trails and from the surface of all maintained designated public roads. Ground traps are prohibited within 300 feet of any designated public campground, picnic area and trailhead.

Hound hunters, hunters with bird dogs and other pet owners are responsible for keeping track and maintaining control of their dogs. It is illegal to allow dogs to pursue wildlife - except for dogs pursuing mountain lions and black bears during the open pursuit season.

People concerned about their dogs caught in a trap may carry wire cutters for snares. Dogs caught in traps may become agitated or panicked and bite their owners while they try to free them. Put a blanket or coat over your dog's head to protect yourself from being bitten, and push down hard on the springs or lever. The springs or levers may be stiff, and it may be difficult to release a dog from a wolf trap.

Contact local a Fish and Game conservation officer for help.


Retired2hunt's picture

  For those wolf trappers in


For those wolf trappers in Idaho this is a nice long season to offer for them.  While I have to agree that my interest would be for the hunt of one animal with a rifle, I can understand the trapper's need for trapping this predator and the ability over many months.  A 3 wolf limit does not make for a living for a trapper but does allow the farmer, rancher, or trapper of other fur bearing animals the opportunity to harvest their wolf pelt allowance and ensure the quota for a specific area is met to further control the spread of these predators.  Great job Idaho for managing this predator and allowing the trapping season.


hunter25's picture

With the lifting of the wolf

With the lifting of the wolf ban I never even though about trapping them. I know the guys who do this are really into it but it would hold no enjoyment for me. For me the enjoyment is in the hunt and I would love to get a wolf that way someday. I'm not against it but it's not the way I would ever go after one. Trapping is pretty much a thing of the past here in Colorado due to the laws, just like spring bear baiting went away so long ago.

Good luck anyway but I still hope the guys with guns get them instead.