The inaugural wolf hunting season in Lincoln and Oneida Counties will come to an end today.
At the start of this season, the state was divided into 6 zones and each was assigned a quota from the 116 wolf total. Nearly all of Oneida County is in zone 2. Lincoln County was ultimately divided into a larger zone 2 and a narrow zone 4, divided by the Wisconsin River. A small area south of highway 64 actually belongs to Zone 6 which remains open.
Yesterday the DNR announced that the zones 2 and 4 close today at the end of hunting and trapping hours.
Kurt Theide says, “We’ve watched trends and feel our best decision to make sure we don’t exceed quotas is to start the closure process today just prior to reaching quota, anticipating increased harvest rates with the opening of the nine-day deer hunt this weekend.”
He also says that they will use information and harvest rates from this first season to draft more permanent rules.
The other 4 zones in the state remain open at this time. It is the hunter or trapper’s responsibility to determine the closure status of a wolf zone prior to attempting to hunt or trap wolf in that zone.