WISCONSIN WOLF HUNT ON-DECK THIS MONTH

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  1. Dirk Van Schmaldlerson

    Dirk Van Schmaldlerson Elite Refuge Member

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    Oddly enough, zone 6, where we are told there just aren't many wolves, had 40 harvested in 2 days. They have way under estimated this particular population, no way you see a 20% harvest of the total population in 2 days.
     
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    Keep battery warm, novel idea....I remember my first beer :clap
     
  3. slimm21

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    110% agree

    that’s just common sense.
     
  4. MstormChuck

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    they are considered sacred animals and from what I’ve heard will NOT be harvested by the tribes
     
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    Yup!
     
  6. Grand Passage

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    Hopefully the DNR will finally acknowledge that we have waaay more than 1034 wolves in the state. Hunts/trappers in WI are good, but there’s no way they took out 18% of the population in 3 days.
     
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    That is correct. Due to the current treaty in place, the tribes have to be allocated a % of the tags. However, they will not harvest any as they do hold them sacred.
     
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    The number harvested is up to 215 now.
     
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  9. JDK

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    The results are in — and Wisconsin wolf hunters overshot their target by more than 80%.

    Wisconsin’s recent wolf hunt, the state’s first in seven years, ended early on Wednesday after the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) determined that 69% of the state’s 119-wolf quota had been harvested in just two days. But hunters and trappers out in the field were allowed a grace period of 24-hours, effectively extending the hunt through the following afternoon.

    As of 3 p.m. on Thursday, the Wisconsin DNR confirmed that quotas had been exceeded in all six hunting zones, for a total of 216 wolves taken — a number far exceeding the 119 limit originally set by the DNR.
    "It’s easy at this point in the game to say, yeah, maybe we should have closed it a little bit sooner," said DNR Wildlife Management Director Eric Lobner at a Thursday news conference. "There were so many unknowns about how the season was going to play out… How far we went over goal was not necessarily our objective."
    Officials say fresh snowfall on the first few days of the hunt aided hunters in tracking the wolves, as did hunting dogs — which accompanied approximately 90% of the successful hunters. The special hunt was a desirable one for outdoor enthusiasts in the area, too. The DNR was reportedly flooded with over 27,151 applications, with only 2,380 permits available.


    Wolf hunters in Wisconsin had been waiting seven years for this hunt, too. Gray wolves were listed as an endangered species prior to Jan. 4, when they were removed from the list by the Trump administration and population management rights were returned to the state. Wisconsin mandates that the DNR open a wolf hunt from early November to late February when gray wolves are no longer listed as endangered or threatened.
     
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    Would be interested to see how far south in zone 6 one was harvested
     

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