Wolf quota will be divided evenly between 2 seasons

  • Updated: May 21, 2012 - 9:37 PM


Here are other details of Minnesota's first hunting and trapping season for wolves:

• Of the 6,000 licenses offered, 3,600 will be available for the early season and 2,400 for the late season. Late-season licenses will be further split between hunting and trapping, with a minimum of 600 reserved for trappers.

• The 400-wolf harvest quota will be divided evenly between the early and late seasons, with unfilled quota numbers carrying over to the late season.

• The early hunting-only season will be open only in northern Minnesota where rifles are allowed for deer hunting. It will start Nov. 3, the opening day of firearms deer hunting, and will close either at the end of the firearms seasons in the two northern deer zones (Nov. 18 in Zone 1 or Nov. 11 in Zone 2), or when the target harvest quota of 200 is reached.

• The late hunting and trapping season will begin Nov. 24 and will close Jan. 6 or when the quota is reached. The late season will be open statewide.

• A person cannot purchase both a hunting and a trapping license. A person with a hunting license may take a wolf only by firearms or archery; a person with a trapping license may take a wolf only by trap or snare.

• Application materials will be available online on or around Aug. 1.

• Trappers born after Dec. 31, 1989, need a trapper education certificate or proof of a previous trapping license to purchase a wolf trapping license.

• The application deadline will be Sept. 6; online winner notification will be no later than Oct. 14. Licenses will be available for purchase no later than Oct. 15.

• Groups of up to four individuals may apply as a single group and may assist another licensed wolf hunter but may not shoot or tag for each other.

• Applicants can apply for only one of three license types: early wolf hunting, late wolf hunting or late wolf trapping.

• All animals must be registered by the day following harvest (can be done through the Electronic License system or by phone).

• Carcasses must be surrendered for collection of biological data.


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