More than 23,000 people have applied for a Minnesota wolf hunting or trapping license. About half of those applied for licenses to hunt during firearms deer seasons. The application period closed Thursday. Hunters will be notified by Oct. 14 about whether they were successful in the lottery.
In Wisconsin, almost 20,000 people had applied for wolf hunting and trapping licenses as of Friday, the final day of the application period.
Minnesota’s early hunting season opens Nov. 3 with the firearms deer season. 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.
Wisconsin’s wolf -license lottery closed Friday. 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.