Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Regional wolf hunt starts Thursday

Tag numbers, quotas rise

Express Staff Writer

The Wood River Valley’s wolf-hunting season will start Thursday, Aug. 30, with a higher quota and potentially an even longer season.

The Southern Mountains Zone, which encompasses Ketchum, Sun Valley, Hailey, Bellevue and Carey, has a limit of 40 wolves this year, 15 more than last year’s limit of 25. 

Last year, the season ended early as hunters killed the full quota of wolves before the end of the season. This year, hunters in the area will be able to kill wolves between Aug. 30 and March 31, so long as the harvest quota has not been reached.

Only two hunting tags may be used per hunter in the Southern Mountains zone as well as the neighboring Salmon and Sawtooth zones. 

However, tag numbers have been boosted throughout part of the state—and hunters can use up to five tags in much of northern Idaho. 

Individual hunters may purchase a maximum of five tags per calendar year.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game spokesman Niels Nokkentved said some of the tags sold earlier this year were used last season. But as of Monday, he said that 13,840 resident tags and 2,378 non-resident tags have been sold in 2012.

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