Minnesota’s first-ever wolf season will close at the end of shooting and trapping hours on Thursday, Jan. 3.

As of Jan. 2, 181 wolves had been registered in the late season northwest wolf zone out of a target harvest of 187. The northwest zone was the last of three management zones where wolves could be taken by permit since Nov. 3.

This amount of harvest, when combined with harvest totals from the early season and the other late season zones, brings the season harvest to 395.

“Our plan was to close the season when the harvest was at or projected to reach 400,” said Dan Stark, large carnivore specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “It is important that hunters and trappers know that they have until 5 p.m. Friday to submit their wolves for inspection.”

For the late season, the east-central zone was closed to hunting Dec. 13. The northeast zone was closed Dec. 14. Nine wolves were harvested in the east-central zone and 58 in the northeast zone.

Complete wolf hunting information, including a map of the wolf zones, is available at

Image courtesy Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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