Bill Would Start Minn. Wolf Season On Deer Opener

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s first wolf hunting season would open at the same time as the state’s main firearms deer season this fall under broad legislation a Minnesota House committee will consider this week.

The session’s main game and fish bill will be sponsored by Rep. Tom Hackbarth, R-Cedar, who said Monday he would run the wolf season concurrently with the main deer season, instead of starting it afterward as the Department of Natural Resources proposed.

Hackbarth said the other key difference will be that wolf hunting and trapping licenses would cost $26, the same as a deer license, instead of the $50 the DNR recommended. Limiting the fee to $26 will encourage more deer hunters to buy them, he said, but he doubts deer hunters will shoot many more wolves than under the DNR’s original plan because the animals are so wary.

Otherwise, Hackbarth said, his bill will be close to the game and fish bill the DNR proposed earlier, including a quota of 400 wolves and a lottery for awarding licenses. He said the language probably won’t be posted until Wednesday morning.

The federal government took wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan off the endangered list last month and returned responsibility for managing them to the states. Minnesota’s wolf population is estimated at around 3,000, the most in the lower 48 states.

The House environment and natural resources committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the bill Thursday, and its chairman, Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, said other committees also will weigh in. McNamara said he and Hackbarth generally want to take a conservative approach, as the DNR has recommended, for the first wolf season.

The corresponding Senate committee has not yet scheduled a hearing on its main game and fish bill.

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  • Murph

    Back when IT WAS legal.Most hunters passed on shooting of a timberwolfThey also make the most loyal pets you you will ever have,.They are no threat to you and they do serve to weed out the weak and sickly deer over winter!Unfortunately not a pet for city folk tho! As a watch dog? Go ahead make his day! I’ll hose out the doorway once you are gone!

  • I hear the guns ablazin

    Wonderful,… Poachers can clean house. All their gut piles will double as wolf bait.
    Don’t forget the other small animals.

  • Brett

    Yeah, Yeah, Yeah…. Gitter done.


    I’m with you Brett this BS that wolves only weed out the weak is just that BS. What the DNR fails to tell people is that a wolf pack will push a healthy deer or moose to exhustion and then take it down also they are a big killer of new born deer fawns and moose calves. Stop telling fairy tales and tell the whole truth.

  • Ron

    The most important part of this hunt is that it allows the farmers who are losing livestock to put the damn damn down on the wolves… When they eat your 1000 dollar cows it gets old quick..

  • EugeniaRenskoff

    It is so sad about deers and wolves being hunted! For whatever reason , it is sad. In the book The Yearling, the boy’s pet fawn is killed by him (he was forced to by his own mother) because he was eating all the corn. I cried when I read the book and saw the movie. Eugenia Renskoff

  • Nick

    If you lived in Northern MN where most of these wolves are and had a pack of them living on your land, approaching your young children you wouldn’t be so boo-hoo for the wolves. The population has come to a head, it needs to be weeded. Mom and dad aren’t asking you to take your kitten out back and shot it, they are talking about an organized hunt for an animal it is legal to hunt. As for the poachers, they are poachers and are unfortunatly going to kill animals with or without a license and hunting season.

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