Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wolf hunting ends in most of state

Some zones to close June 30

Express Staff Writer

Wolf hunting ended in most of the state Sunday, but the Idaho Fish and Game Commission decided last week to expand the current season on parts of northern Idaho.

The commission met Thursday, March 28, to extend the wolf hunting season in the Middle Fork and part of the Dworshak-Elk City wolf management zones. Those seasons had been scheduled to end on March 31 but were extended to match the ending dates of neighboring zones.

The Lolo and Selway zones, which border those areas and are located on the Idaho-Montana border, already had seasons sending June 30. Hunting for the 2013-14 season will begin Aug. 30.

Hunting has closed in the Southern Mountains Zone, the area that encompasses much of the Big Wood and Little Wood river basins. The Southern Mountains Zone had a harvest quota of 40 wolves, only eight of which were killed. 

Hunters did not meet quotas throughout the state. Hunters in the Island Park Zone, which was closed to hunting on Jan. 31, killed 14 wolves of the 30 allowed. Hunters in the Beaverhead Zone killed two of 10 allowed wolves, and hunters in the Salmon Zone north of the Southern Mountains Zone killed 43 of an allowed 60 wolves. 

Overall, hunters killed 192 and trappers killed 114 wolves, for a total of 306 wolves. Hunters and trappers killed 379 wolves in 2011-12 with slightly shorter seasons in some areas and fewer tags available.

The Fish and Game Commission announced earlier this month that it would expand seasons for the 2013-14 season and increase harvest limits in the Salmon Zone, while expanding trapping seasons and instating trapping on private lands in some areas. For more information, visit

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