Wisconsin Wolf Hunting and Trapping Season Approved, Begins in October

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill today to establish the first wolf hunt in the state in the last half century. The season is set to begin on Oct. 15 and run through February.

“The swelling wolf population has created a hardship for many farmers and homeowners,” Walker said in a statement. “The DNR is ready to put the rules in place that will allow them to reduce the herd to a healthy, sustainable level.”

The bill passed through the state senate and assembly last month, a couple of months after after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed wolves from the federal list of endangered species on Jan. 27.

The wolf hunt rules, which were modeled after the state’s bear hunting season, allow for hunting with firearms, bows, crossbows and foothold traps. Bait, dogs and electronic calls will also be legal to use. It will cost $10 to apply for a wolf hunting license. The licenses themselves will cost $100 for residents and $500 for nonresidents. Licenses will be awarded through a drawing system.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, which estimates there are currently about 800 wolves in the state, will set a cap on the number of wolves  that can be killed during the season.

For more information, read today’s Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story on the bill signing or the story on the bill passing the state senate last month.

 

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3 thoughts on “Wisconsin Wolf Hunting and Trapping Season Approved, Begins in October

  1. Just a correction to the artical. Before the bill was passed, they changed the price for the actual licenses which now will only be $50 for residents and $250 for non-residents. It will still cost $10 for the application.

  2. The info that is here is inaccurate—-license will be half of that(Per Wisconsin Outdoors News)—-and the trapping season starts on the 20th of oct. which will will be the start of the wolf season

  3. Trust me,from what I have seen from the WDNR in the past concerning trapping regulations and the take of special furbearers by the draw process,this will once again be an adventure of mismanaged opportunity and take.The licenses or permits will be over regulated and over priced,more will be sold than will be taken and the quota will be low and when it is reached,hunters and trappers will be left holding expensive,worthless licenses,but WDNR will be holding the money.The more things change,the more they stay the same.Thanks,but no thanks,non-residents will choose to go West for a wolf trapping experience,Idaho would be my first choice,then Wyoming.

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