Minn. Wolf Hunt Success Leads to Early Closures

Posted at: 11/14/2012 10:28 PM
Updated at: 11/15/2012 7:53 PM
By: Travis Dill

Minnesota's first wolf hunt in recent history began less than two weeks ago, but already the DNR is closing the hunt in the Northland.

Wolf hunters in the state have registered 125 wolves while the early season limit is set at 200.

That is something experts didn't expect before the hunt began. Eyewitness News spoke with Rep. David Dill, DFL-Crane Lake, about the hunt back in October.

“There's been about a 1 percent success rate out in the western states in hunting, in terms of hunting,” Dill said.

But clearly hunters have done better than expected.

Starting tomorrow the Northeastern zone that includes much of the Northland will close after shooting hours. The area is one wolf away from reaching its quota of 58 kills.

The East-Central zone closed back on Nov. 5, however, much of the Northwestern zone is expected to remain open through Nov. 18. That Northwestern zone has reached about half of its quota.

The closures only apply to the early season. The late hunting and trapping season for Minnesota runs from late November through the end of January.

In Wisconsin 73 wolves have been taken so far and all zones remain open there.