Hunting Regulations


Source;Kate Cassidy

Hunting Regulations

On October 15, 2012, the Endangered Species Act will lift the protection of the gray wolf in Wisconsin. The season will be open until February 28, 2013 in designated counties. If a bag limit quota is reached, in a wolf hunting zone, the DNR will post a closing that will be public knowledge. Hunters must send in an application for permit and be drawn in order to purchase a license. While wolf hunting one may not use dog to hunt or train to find wolves. After bagging a wolf the hunter must call the DNR within 24 hours and must present wolf carcass before the 5th of the following month.  One is able to bait wolves as long as the bait does not contain any animal byproducts. Landowners and those permitted by the landowners may only take down a wolf in the case of a domestic animal being attacked.1 In 2007 and 2009 wolves had been tried to be taken off the endangered species list in Wisconsin, in hope of a hunt, but were rejected both times.2 If one were to harvest a wolf while it was listed as a Wisconsin endangered species could result in jail time up to six month and up to $25,000 in fines and in some cases both.3

For complete regulations for the 2012 wolf hunt go to

1Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, "2012 Wolf Hunting and Trapping Regulations." Last modified 2012. Accessed November 27, 2012.

2Kristina Alexander, “The Gray Wolf and The Endangered Species Act (ESA):The Legal History,” in Congressional Research Service (2011).

3Wesson, Julie. "Wolf Howl Animal Preserve." Last modified 2003. Accessed November 27, 2012.