Add Minnesota to a growing number of U.S. states that will use hunting to control burgeoning wolf populations. With an estimated statewide population of 3,000 wolves, the state DNR has proposed issuing 6,000 permits, holding two separate seasons and setting the wolf quota at 400.
The early season would open Nov. 3, concurrent with the firearms deer season. (Hey, if you’re going to be in the woods already, you may as well put in for a wolf tag, right?) The late wolf hunting and trapping season would open Nov. 24 and close either on Jan. 6, 2013, or when the quota of 400 wolves is filled–whichever comes first.