Hunters and trappers who were drawn for a license in Wisconsin’s inaugural wolf season are being notified this week.
The successful 1,160 applicants were selected through a random drawing from the 20,272 people who had applied. Winners are being notified by mail, but applicants can also check on the Wisconsin DNR’s website to see if they were drawn.
License authorizations were awarded to 1,145 Wisconsin applicants and 15 out-of-state applicants; 486 hunters and trappers from out of state had applied. Most out of state winners were from Illinois (5) and Minnesota (3.)
License authorizations were awarded through a random computer selection. Hunters who were unsuccessful this year have been awarded a preference point for future drawings.
“Wisconsin’s wolf hunting and trapping season begins Oct. 15, the first such hunt in modern state history. We wish the lucky applicants a safe and rewarding season,” Secretary Cathy Stepp said in a news release. "The wolf, once extirpated from the state, has recovered and is now being responsibly managed under state authority."
License authorizations were issued to residents of 71 Wisconsin counties and were roughly evenly spread across age groups. Of the total, 91 went to women and 1,069 to men.
Successful applicants may purchase their wolf harvest license at any license sales location or online at dnr.wi.gov now or during the season. The cost is $100 for residents, and $500 for nonresidents. Successful applicants have the option of transferring their wolf harvest license to a youth or an adult who meets the eligibility requirements within 15 days of notification that they were successful in the drawing.
A wolf license authorizes both hunting and trapping. The license holder must meet the appropriate education requirements for trapping or hunting or must be participating in the Hunting Mentorship program. Successful hunters are required to tag and register their wolf. Regulations were sent to the successful applicants and are also available on DNR’s website at dnr.wi.gov, keyword search ‘wolf’.