Environment
10:45 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Hopeful Hunters Await Word on Wolf Permits

Wolf hunt permit application are down about 30 percent this year compared to the hunt's inaugural year.

The Wisconsin DNR will conduct a drawing on Thursday to select who will qualify for a wolf hunting or trapping license.

State resources officials say 12,108 hunters and trappers applied for a wolf permit this year.  That's below a total of 17,377 applicants in the first year of the hunt.  The DNR has established a quota of 275 wolves for the upcoming season with two dozen set aside for tribal hunters. According to the department's 10-to-1 ratio, a total of 2,151  permits will be issued.  The wolf season is scheduled to begin on Oct. 15.