Stevens Point, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has approved the 2012 wolf hunt quota, zones and rules for Wisconsin's first wolf hunting and trapping season.
The emergency rule was approved by a unanimous vote.
The board approved a quota of up to 201 wolves that could be harvested.
Under the emergency rule the available quota and permits to non-tribal hunters and trappers will be determined after tribes make their declarations of the harvest quota for the Ceded Territory.
All hunters will be eligible to receive a wolf harvest permit in a drawing during the first year.
The season will run October 15, 2012 through February 28, 2013.
All hunters will be eligible to receive a wolf harvest permit in a drawing during the first year. Unsuccessful hunters will be awarded a preference point. Permit applications may be purchased at any ALIS license vendor, online and by telephone beginning August 1, 2012. The permit application fee is $10. The license fee is $100 for residents; $500 for nonresidents.
•License: Wolf trapping and hunting license combined
•Fees: Application fee $10, License fee $100 resident and $500 non-resident
•Use of fees: License and application fees fund wolf depredation payments first and then other wolf mgt. costs
•License transfer: Allowed by application to DNR no later than 15 days before season
•Preference system: One half random drawing; one half by drawing based on preference
•Season dates: October 15 to end of February
•Legal Weapons: Firearms, bows, crossbows
•Shot size: Larger than BB allowed
•Dogs: May use up to 6 dogs in a pack to track or trail wolves beginning day after Nov. gun deer season
•Night Hunting: Legal option beginning day after Nov. gun deer season
•Use of Lights: Flashlights only at point of kill
•Cable restraints: Shall be allowed as a trapping method
•Baiting: Shall be allowed but regulated
•Calling: Allowed including electronic calls
•Trapping: Shall be allowed with specific regulations
•Reporting and registration of harvest: required
•Zone season closures: Protocol provided for closing seasons based on wolf harvest through news release, website, and telephone registration system.
“It is very important if someone has any interest in hunting wolves, that they apply for a preference point this year.” said Kurt Thiede, Division Administrator of Lands.
The 2012 wolf hunting season proposal is a temporary framework, known as an emergency rule. Beginning next year the department will begin work on a permanent rule.