Michigan Wolf Hunting Licenses Go on Sale Saturday Sept. 28!September 23rd, 2013
Mark your calendars–wolf hunting licenses go on sale starting September 28th at noon!
After years of discussion, MUCC member approved resolutions in 2004, 2006, and 2011, and a couple of votes in the Michigan legislature and the Natural Resources Commission, the much anticipated 2013 wolf season will finally become a reality for interested hunters, despite the misleading efforts of the anti-hunting Humane Society of the United States and their front organization, Keep Michigan Wolves Protected.
Beginning Saturday, Sept. 28 at noon EDT until Oct. 31, or until the license quota is met, 1,200 licenses will be available for purchase. Please remember that a spot in line before noon on Sept. 28 does not guarantee a license. All wolf license purchases are first-come, first-served, but you will need proof of hunters safety or a previous hunting license. Wolf licenses cost $100 for Michigan residents and $500 for nonresidents.
Licenses will be available online at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings, at any authorized license agent, and at the following DNR offices: Baraga Customer Service Center, Bay City Customer Service Center, Cadillac Customer Service Center, Crystal Falls Field Office, Escanaba Field Office, Gaylord Customer Service Center, Marquette Customer Service Center, Naubinway Field Office, Newberry Customer Service Center, Norway Field Office, Plainwell Customer Service Center, Roscommon Customer Service Center, Rose Lake Field Office, Sault Ste. Marie Field Office, Southfield Customer Service Center and Traverse City Field Office. DNR offices will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT); they may close earlier if wolf licenses sell out.
Also on Sept. 28, DNR wildlife staff members will be available to answer wolf hunting questions at the offices listed above.
There will be a target of 43 wolves among three management units; the level of proposed harvest and size and location of the units are commensurate with the level of recent nuisance complaints and depredation events.
In 2013, the season will open on November 15 and go through December 31, or whenever the desired unit harvest is met (which ever comes first). To manage this highly controlled season, a hunter will be required to report successful harvest by the end of the day via a designated phone line and also check in within 3 days to a DNR check station to allow them to collect biological information. Once the harvest is met (or expected to be met imminently) for an area, the entire unit will be closed for the season.
Hunters must call 1-855-345-WOLF (9653) or visit www.michigan.gov/wolves each day before hunting to verify that the WMU they plan to hunt is still open.
As Michigan does with each and every game species and hunting/trapping regulation, the DNR intends to use adaptive management practices, which will evaluate the success of management, population levels, and the amount of effort spent to reach the desired harvest. This information will help to aide them in determining the parameters for future seasons.
For more information regarding hunting dates, regulations and the required wolf call-in system, please check the 2013 Wolf Hunting Digest. All digests can be found online at www.michigan.gov/dnrdigests. Paper copies of the digest are available at any location where DNR licenses are sold.