Minnesota wolf lottery results now available

If you applied for a license to hunt or trap wolves this fall in Minnesota, the results from the lottery now are available online, the Department of Natural Resources reported today.

Minnesota has an estimated population of some 3,000 wolves, according to the Department of Natural Resources. (Associated Press photo)

The DNR received more than 23,000 applications for the 6,000 available licenses. The target for the inaugural season is 400 wolves, a number the DNR says the population can sustain without any negative impact.

Lottery winners also will receive notification and wolf hunting regulations via postal mail. Successful hunters and trappers now can buy their licenses from DNR license agents, online here  or by telephone at (888) 665-4236.

In a news release, the DNR said participants in the early season hunt, which coincides with Minnesota’s deer opener, must purchase their wolf licenses by Oct. 24. Participants in the late hunting and trapping season, which runs from Nov. 24 to Jan. 31, must buy their licenses by Nov. 15.

Any licenses not sold by those dates — a scenario I expect to be highly unlikely — will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to unsuccessful lottery applicants beginning at noon on Oct. 29 for the early season and at noon on Nov. 19, for the late hunting and trapping season.

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