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DNR announces wolf season details


lichen fox

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A link to the news release is now available on the DNR home page...This is the final version with some changes made after the comment period...applications will be available in mid August!

I also found the following info interesting...looks like we are badly outnumbered!

DNR received 7,351 online survey responses during the public comment period. The survey was not a referendum on whether to hold the season but to elicit comments on how the season would be implemented.

Do you support hunting and trapping for wolves in Minnesota?

Yes 1,542 responses 21 percent

No 5,809 responses 79 percent

Do you support the DNR proposed season structure and implementation for a limited fall 2012 season?

Yes 1,357 responses 81.9 percent

No 300 responses 18.1 percent

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lichen fox. When are the seasons? Do you know any details. Not to informed on this and could be a fun time.

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Here's a bit of info from the news release...It is all laid out on the MN DNR website...just do a search if you want to read the whole thing...

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resource (DNR) has finalized rules for Minnesota’s first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season this fall and winter. There are several changes to what the DNR originally proposed in May as a result of input received since the proposal was announced.

“We changed the closing date for the late season from Jan. 6, 2013, to Jan. 31,” said Steve Merchant, DNR wildlife program manager. “We also tightened the wolf harvest registration requirement so we can more quickly close a zone based on harvest results.”

Another notable change is that the wolf range will be divided into three zones for the purposes of harvest targets, registration and season closure. The northeast zone and the east-central zone closely parallel the 1854 and 1837 treaty ceded territory boundaries. These zones will allow the state to allocate and manage wolf harvest in consultation with Indian bands that have court-affirmed off-reservation hunting rights. The northwest zone will be the other area open to wolf hunting. Only that portion of Minnesota where rifles are legal for deer hunting will be open for taking wolves. When harvest targets are reached in any zone, that zone will be closed and hunters will be able to continue to hunt in any other open zone.

The state’s first regulated wolf hunt will begin Saturday, Nov. 3. The target harvest is 400. The early wolf season will last up to nine days in the 200-series deer permit areas and up to 16 days in the 100-series deer permit areas. The late season, which also allows trapping for those with a wolf trapping license, will begin Nov. 24 statewide. Target harvests are 265 in the northwest zone, 117 in the northeast zone and 18 in the east-central zone.

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