MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin hunters have about a 20 to 1 chance of getting a license to take part in the state’s first wolf hunting season.
The DNR said 20,272 people paid $10 each to apply for 1,160 available permits. That’s 10 licenses for each wolf that’s allowed to be hunted.
The original quota was 201, but Chippewa Indians claimed 85 wolves as part of their long-standing treaty rights to hunt and fish off their reservations.
That leaves 116 for the general public. A lottery for the permits will take place later this week.
The DNR says the wolf season is still set to begin on October 15th, even though a judge ordered 10 days ago that hunting dogs not be used to help sportsmen attract wolves.
The season is scheduled to run through the end of February.
Indian tribes have strongly been against hunting wolves – but they have not indicated whether they would try to go court to stop Wisconsin’s inaugural season.