Outdoors Notes: Leftover wolf permits available on Monday

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSONDANDERSON@STARTRIBUNE.COM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 27, 2012 - 5:56 PM
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In this undated photo provided by Jayne Belsky via the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is a gray wolf in a wooded area near Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Photo: Jayne Belsky , Associated Press

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A total of 614 of the 3,600 wolf-hunting permits for the season that runs concurrent with deer hunting weren't purchased by applicants selected by lottery.

So the permits will go on sale Monday at noon on a first-come, first-served basis -- but only those hunters who applied initially to the lottery are eligible. Any leftover permits will be available to eligible hunters beginning at noon Thursday.

The licenses are available from DNR license agents, online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense or by telephone at 888-665-4236.

Harvest might aid hunt

Most corn and soybeans have been harvested, which could mean good news for deer hunters.

In more typical falls, many deer hide in crops to elude hunters -- an option that won't be available to whitetails this year.

The lack of standing crops might also improve hunter visibility, contributing to increased safety.

CWD testing slated

Chronic wasting disease testing is mandatory in permit area 602 in the southeast, and hunters can't remove carcasses from the area until they get a negative CWD result.

Testing in east-central Minnesota is a precaution being taken by the DNR after a deer near Shell Lake, Wis., tested positive for CWD.

Minnesota deer hunters in permit areas 159, 183 and 225 -- along the Wisconsin border -- are encouraged to take their deer for testing.

The DNR will test until it has received 300 samples from each permit area.

Hunters from those areas can't register their deer by phone or online.

Did you know?

• Last deer season, DNR conservation officers issued 157 citations and 52 warnings for hunting over bait, and 93 citations and 24 warnings for transporting uncased or loaded firearms.

• Over the past five seasons, an average of 68 citations and eight warnings were written for shooting from a road right-of-way.

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