Wolf Hunting News

Minnesota DNR Releases Proposal for Wolf Harvest Season this Fall

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proposing an inaugural gray wolf hunting and trapping season this fall that calls for a conservative harvest quota of 400 animals.

Wolf research indicates Minnesota’s wolf population could sustain a higher quota, but DNR officials say they are taking a measured approach to the state’s first season.

Wisconsin DNR Takes Over Wolf Management; Problem Areas to Be Addressed Quickly

Beginning Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, the gray wolf will no longer be considered a federally endangered species in Wisconsin and other parts of the western Great Lakes region.

Illinois DNR/ USFWS Clarify Status of Gray Wolves in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) remind the public that the Service’s recent action removing federal Endangered Species Act protection for gray wolves in portions of the Midwest has changed the status of wolves in Illinois north of Interstate 80.  While wolves dispersing from northern states into Illinois are rare, any gray wolves in Illinois found north of I-80 are listed as threatened under state law, while those south of the interstate remain federally endangered.  The change becomes effective January 27, 2012.

Minnesota’s Wolf Management Plan to Take Effect Jan. 27

Minnesota’s population of wolves will transition from federal protection to state management by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on Jan. 27, bringing with that transition a number of law changes.

Minnesota’s Wolf Management Plan will protect wolves and monitor their population, but also give owners of livestock and domestic pets more protection from wolf depredation. The plans splits the state into two management zones, with more protective regulations in the northern third, considered the wolf’s core range.

Arizona Game and Fish Commission Amends Mexican Wolf Release Policy to Consider Population Losses

During a routine update on the Game and Fish Department’s nongame program activities, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission – during its regularly scheduled monthly public meeting – voted unanimously to amend its policy on the release of Mexican wolves in eastern Arizona. 

Attention 2012 Idaho Wolf Tag Buyers

Some recently issued 2012 wolf hunting tags include an incorrect telephone number for the reporting hotline.

About 4,200 tags were issued to 3,780 individuals for 2012 were printed with the incorrect number.

Idaho Wolf Hunt Closed in Two Zones

Wolf hunting seasons have closed in the Beaverhead and Island Park wolf management zones.

The seasons opened August 30 and closed December 31.

Wolf hunting seasons remain open through March 31 in the Panhandle, Palouse-Hells Canyon, Dworshak-Elk City, Middle Fork, Salmon, McCall-Weiser, Sawtooth, Southern Mountains and Southern Idaho zones, and through June 30 in the Lolo and Selway zones.

Limited Wolf Season Possible in 2012 in Minnesota

Minnesota wildlife officials have begun to plan for a limited gray wolf hunting and trapping season in late 2012.

This action follows last month’s announcement that wolves will return to state management Jan. 27 following roughly 35 years of federal protection.

Tom Landwehr, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), said the agency is taking a “deliberate and science-based” approach to implementing initial wolf hunting and trapping seasons.

Montana Wolf Management Unit 130 Reopens With One Wolf Remaining in Quota

Wolf Management Unit 130 in northwest Montana is being reopened to public hunting for the opportunity to take one wolf. It was found that the last wolf taken in the area was an illegal harvest. Illegal harvest of game animals are never counted against public hunting opportunity in northwest Montana. HD 130 includes the Middle and South Fork of the Flathead Rivers and the Swan Valley.

All Wolf Hunting to Close in Montana WMU 101

The hunting of all wolves in Montana Wolf Management Unit 101, which includes portions of Lincoln and Flathead Counties, in northwestern Montana, will close, Thursday, December 29, at one half-hour after sunset.

The order halting the hunt came after Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials received word that the pre-established harvest quota for wolves in the WMU had been met.

For more information, visit FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov click "Montana Wolf Hunt,"or call the toll-free number at 1-800-385-7826.