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.

As wolf hunt opens, 32 kills registered first day

Posted by: Doug Smith Updated: November 3, 2012 - 10:11 PM

Minnesota wolf hunters registered 32 wolves Saturday in the first day of the inaugural wolf season. That's with 3,600 licensed hunters. The early-season quota is 200.

Sixteen were registered in the northeast zone, twelve in the northwest and four in the east-central zone.

Hunters who bagged a wolf on Saturday had until 10 p.m.to register it.

The tally was well below the quota for two of the three wolf zones. Hunters bagged four wolves in the east-central zone, which has a quota of just nine wolves. In the northeast, the quota is 58 and in the northwest it's 133.

Meanwhile, I spent five hours Saturday with a DNR conservation officer driving backroads in the Ely-Tower area. Officer Dan Starr checked about a dozen hunters, but none had shot a deer or a wolf. In fact, none of the hunters he checked had wolf licenses.

"The deer aren't moving today because it's so nice out,'' Stark said. "And when deer move, the wolves move. I think there'll be more activity in the next few days.''

We'll see what Day Two brings on Sunday.

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