Public or Private Land Wolves

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3 years 2 months ago #142 by redarrow
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I spend most of my time in Wolf Zone 5 while hunting and fishing. For the last 4 years, I get a few random wolf pictures on trail cameras every year. The cameras are mounted on private land and I get bear and bobcat photos every year as well. My question is: Of the wolves you personally know that have been harvested, were they on public or private land?

I know of one local trapper who got his on private land, but what is the trend/stats statewide?

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3 years 2 months ago #143 by WWH Admin
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Interesting question. Most folks are only giving out the county the wolf was harvested in to keep the physcos at bay.

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3 years 2 months ago #167 by sourdough44
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Well, looking at the stats, trapping has the highest success rates. When it comes to setting larger traps for predators, it's best done on private land.

No, not saying a guy can't do it on public, but you eliminate all types of potential hassles. If a guy is out hunting, by all means go wherever the sign is.

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3 years 1 month ago #171 by WWH Admin
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Yep, I agree. Dogs, thieves, and all kinds of risks to public land.

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3 years 1 month ago #185 by aellingson
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After getting 4 brand new MB-650's stolen this year on public land, I'm thinking about staying away from public land. Someone suggested using a trail camera. I could visualize a well hidden trail camera having 2 potential benefits...1) identifying or discouraging thieves (assuming they don't swipe the camera), 2) identifiying wolves at my set (I had several incidences this year of wolves approaching my set, but not getting trapped [twice they even set the trap off].
1 of the reasons I haven't used trail cams is b/c I'm fearful wolves may smell or see them. I see they now make some trail cams that have a blackout flash (unlike the infrared style that actually shows a slightly dim red glow) and no small indicator lights (i.e. the red or green light that some cams have). I checked out 1 person's blackout Wildgame camera, but when it took a photo, it made a click sound that a canine could probably hear. Strangely, I have 2 IR Wilgame Red 6 cameras that are silent and work good, but they have the IR flash.
Anyone out there try anything w/ success, or is a trail cam a bad idea. Any suggestions about a decent, reasonably priced blackout camera?
Thanks

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3 years 1 month ago #191 by yotefever
yotefever replied the topic: Public or Private Land Wolves
I have to get a copy of the pic but I saw a selfie taken by a wolf as it ripped the trail cam off the tree and carried it 25 yds from the tree it was mounted to. The owner switched back to a regular flash as the inferred was using up batteries too fast.

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