Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wolf Hunt Winding Down in Three Areas

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Season quotas have been nearly reached in three of the state’s 12 wolf hunting zones less than two months into Idaho’s first wolf hunt.

Hunt limits in each of the hunting zones determine the length of the season, and once the maximum number of wolves are taken in each area, that zone is closed. A statewide limit of 220 wolves can be taken this year.

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, three wolves have been taken from the Upper Snake River zone, which has a limit of five wolves. Hunters have taken an additional two wolves from the Palouse-Hells Canyon zone, where five wolves can be killed.

Hunters have already taken a dozen wolves from the McCall-Weiser zone, which has a take limit of 15 wolves. One of the wolves shot in this area was taken illegally by an Eagle man charged with killing the wolf out of season and with shooting from a public road.

In the Lolo zone, with a limit of 27 wolves, only two have been killed, while in the Salmon zone, one of 16 wolves has been taken.

In the Southern Idaho zone (which includes the Boise area) no wolves have been taken, although up to five can be killed this season.

Fish and Game officials are pointedly reminding wolf hunters that it is up to the individual to know the status of each hunt area, as well as the zone boundaries. Hunters can call 877-872-3190 to find out if an area is still open, and the department updates harvest info as soon as possible.

For their part, hunters are required to report a wolf kill within 24 hours, and must present the hide and skull to Fish and Game officials within five days.

Wolf hunting permits are still proving popular. Recently, wolf tag No. 1 was auctioned off at the Congressional Sportsmen Foundation’s Wine, Wheels and Wildlife event in Lexington, NC for $8,000 to Bass Pro Shops founder Jonny Morris, who will reportedly give it to his son for a fall hunting trip. Typically, wolf tags cost $11.75 for residents, while out-of-state hunters have to pony up $186.

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