Hunters allowed to take more wolves in 2014

By KBJR News 1

July 24, 2014 Updated Jul 25, 2014 at 10:33 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has set its bag limit for the 2014 wolf hunt and because, they say the population is stable, the DNR will issue 500 more licenses than it did last year.

However, that doesn't mean 500 more wolves will be killed, it just means that more hunters will be looking for the 250 total wolves that can be killed in 2014.

"The latest population survey results estimate that 470 wolf packs and 2,423 wolves lived in Minnesota's wolf range this past winter, 212 more wolves than estimated on the survey conducted in winter 2013," the DNR said.

There will be 3,800 licenses available with a bag limit of one wolf per hunter.

Minnesota hunters and trappers can start applying for a license to hunt wolves in the 2014 wolf season starting Friday, August 1st.

The early season begins Nov. 8 and the license deadline is Oct. 3. There are 2,300 early–season licenses available. The early surplus licenses go on sale starting 12 p.m. Nov. 5.

The late season purchase deadline is Nov. 21. The late surplus licenses go on sale starting at 12 p.m. on Nov. 26. There are 1,500 late–season licensees available.

The DNR has laid out the following hunting information:

"–Early season hunting (Season A) is open at the same time the firearms deer season is open unless a wolf zone closes earlier because the target harvest is met. The early season runs from Saturday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 23, in all Series 100 deer permit areas, and Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 16, in Series 200 deer permit areas.

–In the east–central zone, the early season is scheduled to be a two–day hunt this year, concluding when legal shooting hours end on Sunday, Nov. 9.

–Late season hunting (Season B) runs from Saturday, Nov. 29 through Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, or when the target harvest is met, whichever occurs first. If the east–central zone's target harvest is met during the early season, the late east–central season will not open.

–Late season trapping (Season C) runs from Nov. 29 through Jan. 31, 2015, or when the target harvest is met, whichever occurs first."

License fees are $30 for Minnesota residents, and $250 for nonresidents.

The deadline to apply for the hunting and trapping license lottery is Thursday, Sept. 4.

Ramona Marozas