Minnesota’s First Wolf Hunt Ends, 400 Wolves Harvested

Friday, January 4th, 2013 at 7:51 am

Minnesota’s first wolf hunt is officially closed. The DNR closed the state’s northwestern zone after sunset on Thursday, and that zone was both the largest and final zone to close in Minnesot. The DNR had originally scheduled the hunt through the end of January but hunters have reached the quota of 400 wolves several weeks before that deadline, which is something some people doubted was possible because wolves are so elusive. In Minnesota, 6,000 people signed up for the hunt and only 400 wolves were harvested, which means 93 percent of the tags went unfilled.

The Wisconsin wolf hut was also closed ahead of schedule as hunters in Wisconsin reached a much smaller quota of 115 wolves. The Wisconsin hunt closed late last month.

Future wolf hunt seasons are expected to take place in both states, but the DNR in each state will determin that after looking at data from this season.

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