If you want to hunt or trap wolves in Minnesota this fall or winter, you can now apply for that opportunity with the Department of Natural Resources.
Applications will be taken through Sept. 6.
The options are:
• Early season hunting, which runs from Nov. 3 through Nov.18 in all Series 100 areas and Nov. 3 through Nov. 11 in Series 200 areas located within the northwest wolf hunting zone.
• Late season hunting, which runs from Nov. 24 through Jan. 31, 2013, in all three wolf zones.
• Late season trapping, which runs from Nov. 24 through Jan. 31, 2013, in all three wolf zones.
According to the DNR:
Each zone will have a harvest quota. If it's reached, hunting and trapping will be closed in that zone.
Statewide, the harvest quota is 400 wolves.
A total of 3,600 licenses will be awarded during the early season and 2,400 during the late season, at least 600 of which will be for trapping.
Application can be made at any DNR license agent, by phone at 888-665-4236 or online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense.
A $4 application fee will be charged. Applicants must have a current or previous hunting license.
The DNR will notify lottery winners. Licenses will go on sale by Monday, Oct. 15.
License cost is $30 (residents) and $250 (nonresidents).
The bag limit is one wolf per licensed hunter.
Lottery winners will receive a wolf hunting booklet with their notification. Additional information about wolves is available online at www.mndnr.gov/wolves.
Dennis Anderson has been a Star Tribune outdoors columnist since 1993, before which, for 13 years, he held the same position at the Pioneer Press. He enjoys casting and shooting. Dogs, too, and horses. Also kids and, occasionally, crusading in his column for improved conservation.
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