As of Thursday, nearly 4,000 hunters and trappers had applied for wolf hunting or trapping licenses in Minnesota, according to Department of Natural Resources officials. In Wisconsin, more than 11,000 hunters or trappers had applied for wolf hunting or trapping licenses through Tuesday, according to Department of Natural Resources officials.
In Minnesota, 1,863 hunters had applied for licenses in the early hunting season, which opens Nov. 3 with the firearms deer season. Another 1,234 had applied for the late-season hunting option, starting Nov. 24, and 748 trappers had applied for the late-season trapping option, also starting Nov. 24.
A total of 6,000 licenses will be available for all of Minnesota’s wolf hunting and trapping seasons, with a maximum harvest of 400 wolves.
Minnesota’s wolf-license lottery application period opened Aug. 6 and will continue through Sept. 6.
Wisconsin’s wolf-license lottery opened Aug. 1 and closes Aug. 31. As of Thursday morning, 10,977 residents and 235 non-residents have applied for licenses, a total of 11,212. Wisconsin will issue 2,010 permits through a lottery system with a maximum statewide harvest of 201 wolves. Of those, 85 are allocated to Chippewa tribes under treaty rights.