There will be just two wolf hunt zones open after tonight. Zone 5 is scheduled to close tonight at 6:30 p.m. Zones 1, 2 and 4 closed over the weekend. Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Management director Tom Hauge said as the DNR is getting more experience with the wolf hunt, the hunters are getting experienced as well.
“I think it’s reasonable to expect that the experience that hunters and trappers gained over the first two years could contribute to an increased pace of harvest for 2014,” Hauge said.
Hauge says the DNR is working to keep wolves to the northern third of the state through to use of larger wolf quotas in Zone 6. “It is an area of the state that our management is attemping to discourage wolf population establishment in that part of the state.”
There was an overrun on the wolf harvest in zone two, but most of the other zones have maintained a close number to the desired harvest numbers.