Wisconsin officials have announced more details of the state’s proposed wolf hunting and trapping season, which is set to begin in October.
And it differs dramatically from Minnesota’s proposal, which isn’t surprising considering Minnesota has an estimated 3,000 wolves and Wisconsin has an estimated 800 wolves.
Wisconsin’s preliminary harvest quota is 142 to 233 wolves. Chippewa tribes have the right to declare 50% of the harvest quota in the ceded territory of Wisconsin. Hunters and trappers will pay $10 for a license application fee, and licenses will cost $100 for residents and $500 for nonresidents.
Minnesota is charging $30 for residents and $250 for nonresidents, with a $4 application fee. The quota here likely will be 400 wolves.
Wisconsin lawmakers set the wolf season from Oct. 15 to the end of February, and also legalized the use of dogs, electronic calls, bait and night hunting. Public meetings were held recently, and are scheduled for next Thursday in Fond du Lac and Friday in Rhinelander.