I have lived in Douglas county for almost 30 years . Seeing wolves while out walking , or , hunting , is pretty common where I live . I've had them come into rattling or doe bleating , and on trail cameras a lot .
Saw one Friday run across 139 in the Long lake area Forest county. First time I've ever seen one.
Saw one Friday morning in Jump River on my land while bowhunting.
Interesting posts below.
How does the DNR verify the accuracy and legitamacy of the trackers and counters?
Wolves are too much of a hot button issue to leave the counting to potentially biased people.
J slayer- plenty in the Sugar Camp area. If you get a tag get a hold of Steve White he post in the bear hunt forum. He will have good advice on areas to trap/hunt.
Courts are hearing a case to shut the season down on 10/28. It will be interesting to see if Wi. has a season this fall.
Anyone see any wolves around the Eagle River area? Thanks
Here's the movements of multiple packs that each have a collared member.
Cool, good to know some hunters participate. I probably would if I lived in the area, but I'm not up enough. To be fair, I was certain that some hunters did it too. But out of all the trackers, I doubt they are all hunters. That was my main point. There is no vetting process. If 20 people who like wolves want to join and fudge some numbers, it would be pretty easy. Likely easier to say less, than to go the opposite and sound unrealistically high. Like I said, tin-foil hat lol.
Lakeshiner- I am not a DNR tracker but a good friend of mine is. He is a hunter as well. I go along with him when we do the tracking surveys. We are assigned an area for the year to track and he chose a part that is east of Clam Lake and North. Its really a very nice way to spend some time in the winter and I enjoy going along immensely. Of course the best time to go is 24 hours after a snowfall. We have had the same area for 3 years now.
I think I said this on a different thread, but one of my tinfoil hat theories is that members of the WI Wolf Patrol are directly involved with the track counting. The group that harasses hunters and pushes to have wolves listed again. I haven't looked recently, but a year or two ago I do recall that they had the track counting posted on their page or it was in a news report, I forget which now. Anyone can pretty much be a track counter by taking a course on it from the DNR, but I haven't heard of a hunter/sportsmen who has done it. Easy way to get in on the process and influence it.