The Department of Natural Resources today announced that it has postponed the sale of wolf hunting licenses – originally scheduled to begin Aug. 3 – until Sept. 28 to ensure that license-sales technology is able to handle the expected high demand.

“We anticipate that there will be a lot of people trying to buy a very limited number of licenses in a short timeframe,” said Adam Bump, DNR bear and furbearer specialist. “This is a first-come, first-served purchase, unlike other limited-license hunts that require an application and drawing process, so it presents a new challenge for our retail sales system. We want to make sure the system is equipped for the high volume so sales go smoothly and everyone has an equal chance to get a wolf license.”

Bump said that, in addition to ensuring that technology is up to speed, the DNR is working to put adequate Saturday staffing in place to make the license-buying process as fair and efficient as possible.

A total of 1,200 wolf licenses will be available for purchase beginning Sept. 28 at noon EDT (11 a.m. CDT) until Oct. 31, or until the license quota is met. Wolf licenses cost $100 for residents and $500 for nonresidents.

Wolf hunting season still will begin on Nov. 15. For more information about regulations, see the 2013 Wolf Hunting Digest, available online at or at any location DNR licenses are sold.

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  1. The DNR’s problem with the license sales is almost amusing, their original plan first offered the same established, tested drawing syatem as bear or elk, $2 entry. and a 2% limit on nonresident licenses like bear (nonresidents cant hunt elk).

    Instead, the politically appointed NRC saddled the state of creating a new system of selling scarce licenses on a first-come-first-served melee their machines now have to handle, just for the 1200 wolf licenses they will sell along with millions of other hunting and fishing licenses.

    The NRC flushed all $2 potential fees and a standard, fair system down the toilet for this first-come-first-served over-the-counter – plus online worldwide! – circus. They couldn’t bring themselves to manage wolves as a REAL game animal, just pretend they are “scientifically”. God forbid they give them the same rules as their precious elk or bear!

    Or as a payoff to out-of-state trophy hunters deleting the 2% limit on nonresident licenses. The NRC caring more about seeing out-of-state members of Safari Club International and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation get their licenses than Michigan hunters.

    The NRC gave no rationale; those are the only two real explanations.

    The NRC ALREADY making their management decisions on the individual commissioners’ whims and prejudices or cronyism, not “science”. Why should they be allowed to continue when they obviously can’t handle the job professionally?

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