Hunters prepare to make history with wolf season

Opening day for firearm deer season will also kick off the first wolf hunting season in Michigan.

Opening day for firearm deer season will also kick off the wolf hunting season in Michigan.

Michigan's first managed wolf hunt will begin November 15. Twelve hundred hunters have purchased tags allowing them to take part, although just 43 wolves will be killed.

The wolf hunt will take place in three areas in the Upper Peninsula. The Department of Natural Resources created the three Wolf Management Units around areas of chronic wolf-human conflict.

The 2013 wolf season will will run until the target harvest for each unit is reached, but no later than Dec. 31. The bag limit is one wolf per person per year. Firearm, crossbow and bow-and-arrow hunting will be allowed on public and private lands.

The three designated Wolf Management Units are:

WMU A in Gogebic County - target harvest of 16 wolves

WMU B in portions of Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton and Ontonagon counties - target harvest of 19 wolves

WMU C in portions of Luce and Mackinac counties - target harvest of eight wolves

Hunters are required to report successful harvest over the phone on the day of harvest. Once the target harvest is met for a management unit, the entire unit will be closed for the season. Licensed hunters will be required to check daily by phone or


to determine whether any management units have been closed.

Successful hunters must present the carcass to a DNR check station within 72 hours of harvest. DNR staff members will seal the pelt and collect a tooth, female reproductive tracts and harvest location information.

The DNR believes the wolf hunt may change behavior of wolves in the hunt units making them more wary of people, residential areas and farms.