Doug Smith

Even if the fish aren’t biting, the ducks aren’t flying and the pheasants aren’t flushing, Doug Smith says any day spent outdoors is a good day. A Minnesota native, he’s been covering the outdoors for the Star Tribune since 1995. He considers walleyes fried over a campfire to be gourmet cuisine.

Wolf tally stands at 175; northeast zone closes

Posted by: Doug Smith Updated: December 18, 2013 - 1:41 PM

Hunters and trappers have killed 87 wolves so far in Minnesota's the late season, including 33 in the northeast zone, where the harvest quota is 33.

The DNR will close that zone at the end of shooting hours Wednesday.

The total kill this year, including wolves harvested in the early season, stood at 175 Wednesday afternoon. The DNR’s target harvest is 220 wolves. The late season ends Jan. 31, though it will be closed by zones earlier if quotas are approached.

So far, 52 wolves have been killed in the northwest zone, where the target quota is 89 wolves. And two wolves have been killed in the east-central zone, where the target is 10 animals.

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