Fortunately, I was one of the lucky few to draw a Wisconsin wolf tag during 2012 and was able to capitalize before they closed my zone with a full quota. I live in Conover, Wisconsin, just a hair farther north than Eagle River, right next to the Michigan border.
I officially killed wolf No. 14 in Zone 2, on Nov. 6, 2012, and then the Wisconsin DNR closed the zone a week later due to a full quota of 18 animals. It was only my third time out for the season, but I was able to call in three different wolves with my FoxPro Fire-Storm. The first was a gorgeous black wolf, but I was a little too slow and it jumped back in the brush.
The next time out I saw nothing. But the third time, I called in a pair and took the closer one at a full lope at 50 yards with my .223 Rem. She is a mature female, topping the scale at the 80-pound mark. I’m considering this a once-in-a lifetime opportunity, so I’m getting a full-body mount with a grouse in the wolf’s mouth, and I’m going to display it at the fishing and archery store I run in Conover, called Northern Waters Angling and Archery.