Although changes have been made recently to Minnesota State hunting laws to allow regulated wolf hunting, the public is reminded that wolf hunting is currently prohibited on National Wildlife Refuges in Minnesota. These Federal properties, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are not open to such activities until deemed appropriate and require a public review process.

The following National Wildlife Refuges are not open to wolf hunting:

  • Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge (218-449-4115)
  • Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge (218-687-2229)
  • Rydell National Wildlife Refuge (218-687-2229)
  • Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge (218-847-2641)
  • Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge (218-847-4431)
  • Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge [including the Sandstone Unit] (218-768-2402)
  • Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (320-632-1575)

Waterfowl Production Areas, which are also administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will be open for wolf harvest per Minnesota State hunting regulations. These areas are generally located in the western portion of the northwest wolf hunting zone and are managed by Wetland Management District Offices located in:

  • Fergus Falls Wetland Management District (218-739-2291)
  • Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District (218-847-4431)

For questions about specific hunting regulations on Federal lands, please call the related National Wildlife Refuge or Wetland Management District.

Logo courtesy U.S Fish and Wildlife Service

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