The Natural Resources Board on June 25 approved the 2014 Wisconsin wolf season quota of 156 as proposed by the Department of Natural Resources Wolf Advisory Committee. The quota was set with the intention of continuing to reduce the state’s wolf population in accordance with the goals identified in the wolf management plan.
The DNR Wolf Advisory Committee is comprised of DNR staff, the Chippewa tribes, partner natural resource agencies and stakeholders representing the agriculture industry, Wisconsin Conservation Congress, sportsman groups and organizations with an interest in wolf management.
Analysis of available data, review of published scientific literature, and use of population modeling tools suggests the quota will result in reduction in the 2014 late winter count.
The quota will be distributed across Wisconsin’s six hunting and trapping zones. The harvestable quota established for each zone concentrates hunting pressure more in areas with higher potential for agricultural conflicts. The amount of wolves harvestable by state trappers and hunters may be adjusted dependent on tribal harvest declarations.
The department will maintain the 10-to-1 license-to-quota ratio from the 2013 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 via mail. Applicants who are not successful in the drawing will be awarded a preference point toward future drawings.
Those interested in obtaining a license or a preference point for the 2014 season must apply by Aug. 1. The permit application fee is $10 and applications may be purchased from authorized license agents, through the DNR Online Licensing Center or by calling 877.945.4236.
The season is set to begin Oct. 15 and will run in each zone until the zone is closed or the last day of February, whichever occurs first. The department has the authority to close hunting zones when quotas are met or if deemed biologically necessary.
For more information, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword “wolf.”