Northwest Minnesota wolf harvest well below quota

With two days left in the early wolf season, hunters in northwest Minnesota had killed 52 wolves as of Friday afternoon, shy of the 73-wolf target quota.

The Northeast Wolf Zone closed when the harvest reach 31, a mere two wolves short of the 33-wolf quota.

The late season, which also allows trapping, opens Nov. 30 and continues through Jan. 31 or when the season’s targets of 145 in the northwest and 65 in the northeast are reached.

The DNR offered 3,300 wolf licenses this year, down from 6,000 last year, and the statewide harvest quota is 220, down from 400 last year.

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