A total of 3,800 hunting and trapping licenses will be available, which is 500 more than last year. The statewide target harvest of wolves is 250 (30 more than last year). The latest population survey results estimate that 470 wolf packs and 2,423 wolves lived in Minnesota’s wolf range this past winter.
“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 August 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 September 4.
To apply, applicants need to pay a $4 fee, show proof of a current or previous hunting license and then choose one of three available license options. Wolf license fees are $30 for residents and $250 for nonresidents. Click here for more information on wolf hunting in Minnesota.
FYI: Last year the North American Hunter editorial staff went 0 for 3 on wolf tags in the MN lottery, so hopefully we’ll have a better batting average in 2014!