Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Archery hunters in Montana once again have the opportunity to pursue wolves this fall.
For the upcoming season, archery hunters can pursue wolves throughout Montana Sept. 7 and Sept. 15 for the general rifle season. The archery only season will close Sept. 14 and the general rifle season begins Sept. 15 and will end March 15, 2014. Here's a rundown on wolf seasons.
- Wolf Hunting and Trapping Licenses—Wolf hunting licenses cost $19 for residents and $50 for nonresidents. Montana trapping licenses costs $20 for residents and $250 for nonresidents. Licenses purchased after the season opens will have a 24-hour wait before the license is valid. New prospective wolf trappers must attend a mandatory wolf-trapping certification class to use a Montana trapping license to trap wolves. Trappers who successfully completed a wolf trapping certification class in Montana or Idaho in the past do not need to retake one this year. New prospective trappers can sign-up for classes on FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov. Click "Wolf Trapping Certification" for current and soon to be posted class schedules.
- Wolf Trapping Season Dates—Montana's wolf trapping season will run Dec. 15 through Feb. 28, 2014.
- Wolf Management Units & Quotas—Montana's wolf management units are largely built upon Montana's elk and deer hunting districts. There is no statewide hunting harvest or trapping quota but each wolf harvest must be reported. There is, however, a quota of two wolves in Wolf Management Unit 110 near Glacier National Park; and four wolves in WMU 313 and three wolves in WMU 316, which border Yellowstone National Park. Additionally, hunters and trappers are limited to taking only one wolf per person in WMUs 110, 313 and 316. FWP urges hunters to avoid harvesting wolves with radio collars that provide researchers and managers with important scientific information.
- Wolf Hunting and Trapping Harvest Limits—The combined maximum hunting and trapping bag limit is five wolves per person. A hunter can purchase up to five wolf hunting licenses but can harvest only one wolf with each license. The use of electronic calls by wolf hunters is allowed. Trapping is authorized with a valid trapping license upon completion of mandatory wolf-trapping certification. A trapping license is required for trapping wolves and trappers can take five wolves with the license. Snares and conibear traps are prohibited for trapping wolves.
- Special Wolf Trapping Regulations—Trappers must check their traps every 48 hours and immediately report any unintended animal caught in a trap, including domestic animals. To avoid unintended captures, wolf-trap pan tension must be at least 10 pounds in most areas in Montana. In addition, while wolf traps must be set back 1,000 feet from trailheads and 150 feet from roads, and a new measure requires additional setbacks of 500 feet along more than 20 specific roads and trails popular among hikers and other recreationists in western Montana.
- Wolf Hunting and Trapping Harvest Reporting—A wolf harvest must be reported to FWP within 24 hours by calling 1-877-397-945 or 406-248-2337. Successful hunters in backcountry areas are allowed to report wolf harvests within 24 hours of reaching a trailhead.