DNR NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 24, 2014
A total of 3,800 hunting and trapping licenses will be available, 500 more licenses than last year’s seasons. The statewide target harvest of wolves is 250, 30 more than last year.
The early season begins Saturday, Nov. 8.
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.
“Estimates show a stable population with no significant change from the 2013 estimate of 2,211 wolves,” said Dan Stark, DNR large carnivore specialist. “We will continue to evaluate the wolf population annually to ensure the wolf population remains well established across northern and central Minnesota.”
The DNR’s goal for wolf management is to ensure the long term survival of wolves in Minnesota while addressing conflicts between wolves and humans.
Starting Friday, Aug. 1, hunters and trappers can apply for 2,300 early-season and 1,500 late-season licenses. The deadline to apply for the hunting and trapping license lottery is Thursday, Sept. 4.
To apply, applicants need to pay a $4 fee, show proof of a current or previous hunting license and choose one of three available license options, using the season’s letter designation when buying:
The statewide bag limit is one wolf and licenses are not zone-specific. Lottery winners will receive a wolf hunting booklet with their notification.
Wolf license fees are $30 for residents and $250 for nonresidents. The early season purchase deadline is Friday, Oct. 31, with surplus licenses going on sale at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 5. The late season purchase deadline is Friday, Nov. 21, with surplus licenses going on sale at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 26.