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Expert: Wolf hunters have work cut out for them during upcoming season


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s first ever wolf hunt begins in four days – and at least one expert says nobody realizes how hard it will be to actually shoot one.

Grey wolves are said to be mobile, crafty animals with the keenest sense of smell. And Montana hunting guide Bud Martin tells the Associated Press, “I’ll bet you a steak dinner your quota won’t be met.”

Wisconsin originally set a quota of 201 wolves – but Chippewa Indians will protect 85 under their treaty rights, so the actual quota is just 116.

The DNR issued 1,160 permits in a lottery, and Mark Dahms of Waukesha got one of them. He said he’ll use an electronic calling device that can make 400 sounds which imitate wolves and distressed animals.

But his odds of success could be astounding. In Montana, almost 19,000 hunters took just 166 wolves last year.

Wisconsin hunters will be further hampered, because they won’t be able to use hunting dogs until at least December 20th – when a judge will consider the DNR’s request to drop an injunction against the dogs. It stemmed from a lawsuit filed by environmental groups.

In neighboring Minnesota, a lawsuit to throw out the state’s entire wolf season was rejected Wednesday – and the Gopher State’s wolf hunt begins November 3rd.

Wisconsin’s hunt runs from Monday through the end of February. The hunt is meant to reduce farmers’ crop and livestock damage caused by the state’s grey wolves.