So, in other words, kill the wolves in the south, and don't kill them in the north because of available habitat? Wolves seem to survive just fine in the south, so why should those be selected for getting shot over the wolves in the north? There is great deer habitat in the north, should we not shoot any deer in the north and kill them all in the south? There isn't great grouse habitat in the south, should we remove the bag limit for grouse in the south and try to reduce their numbers? That argument is ridiculous.
To have 4/6 wolf zones closed already shows the lack of accurate population estimates DNR has at their disposal. I feel sorry for those that spent a bunch of coin hoping to kill a wolf, and then have their zone closed before the first weekend they can actually go hunting for them. The quota levels are a complete joke, and will do nothing to control the population explosion that is occurring. You then have to gall to say that quota numbers are reflected from poaching? If the public is relying on the DNR to effectively manage the wolf population, it won't happen unless some major changes are made. Why would would-be poachers quit shooting wolves if they know the DNR does not take wolf control seriously? We have a current goal of 350 wolves statewide, and we are likely 3 times above goal than what the DNR uses as a guesstimate. There are likely more than 2000 wolves in the north alone. To have 15 tags available for all of NE Wisconsin is proof enough the DNR does not have an accurate count of the wolves in this state.
Just think how many guys who drew a tag never even bought a license because they could not go in the first few days. I'm one of them. I was going to go this weekend, but waited to drop $50 on the license just in case, and I'm glad I did. That just shows it was even faster yet, I'm sure not everyone went. I'm done applying until I see a realistic quota. It should not be filled that fast unless they are way off in their numbers.
I suppose now the Dnr won't have a wolf season in Zone 2 next year because of the overwhelming over harvest. Because that makes sense on paper, right?
It's a good thing Zone 4 has the highest quota again at 40. Only 2 have been reported so far.
Looks like the hound guys might get a crack again at filling some tags..
Congrats to all the successful hunters thus far!
the dnr's job is to manage the ecosystem as a whole