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2014 Wolf Hunt Dates
Oct. 15, 2014 - Feb. 28, 2015
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For the 2014-15 season, one half of available permits will be issued randomly among all permit applications and the second half will be issued through a cumulative preference point drawing. Successful applicants will be notified by letter, likely by late August. Applicants who are not successful in the drawing will be awarded a preference point toward future drawings.
WDNR Board approves harvest quota of 156 wolves
The Natural Resources Board approved a harvest quota of 156 wolves for the 2014-’15 Wisconsin hunting and trapping season.
The quota was recommended to the board by Department of Natural Resources biologists and administrators. It is also the number advanced by the state’s Wolf Advisory Committee.
The kill of 156 wolves, combined with other sources of mortality, would result in a 5 to 20% reduction in the state’s wolf population, according to two population models used by the DNR.
The agency is working to reduce the state’s wolf population toward the goal of 350 animals expressed in the 1999 wolf management plan. The state is working to update the plan; a draft of the next version is expected in 2015.
Wisconsin had a minimum of 660-689 wolves in 197 packs in late winter 2013-’14, down from 809-834 in 214 packs in 2012-’13.
Wolf populations typically double in spring after pups are born and decrease through the year from various sources of mortality.
The 2014-’15 Wisconsin wolf hunting and trapping season is scheduled to begin Oct. 15 and run through late February or until the harvest quota is reached, whichever comes first.
The kill quotas have been reached in December in the two previous seasons.