Wisconsin 2013-2014 Wolf Hunting & Trapping Season

What’s new for the 2013 – 2014 Wolf Season

It is no longer legal to hunt wolves at night during   any part of the wolf season.

Wolf Season is October 15, 2013 – February 28, 2014.

  • Wolf Harvest Zones may close before the end of season date if quotas are met
  • Hunters are responsible for checking wolf harvest zones before leaving to hunt to make sure the zone is still open
    • Hunters can find information on wolf harvest zone closures at dnr.wi.gov or by calling 1-855-299-9653
  • Hunters must report a harvest within 24 hours of the kill by calling 1-855-299-9653 between 7 A.M. and 10 P.M.

Fees and Regulations:

  • Resident licenses $49
  • Nonresident licenses $251

Hunters born after Jan 1, 1973 must have a valid Hunters Education Certificate

Trappers must have successfully completed a Wisconsin Trapper Education course or other approved trapper education course

Hunter orange is required when wolf season corresponds to an open season for deer

Methods for hunting a wolf:

  • Authorized firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow
  • With the use of dogs to track or trail wolf from Dec. 2, 2013 – last day of season
  • Predator calls, including electronic calls
  • Bait that does not contain animal parts, by-products (other than liquid scents), or substances that are poisonous to canines

When hunting with dogs it is illegal to:

  • Train dogs to pursue wolf.
  • Hunt or pursue wolves with dogs unless the person using the dogs has on their person rabies tags and license tags for each dog.
  • Hunt or pursue wolves with a dog that is not tattooed or that isn’t wearing a collar with the owner’s name and address attached.
  • Allow a dog to kill any wild animal. The use of firearms, crossbows, and bow and arrow are the only legal hunting methods allowed to kill a wolf.
  • Use more than six dogs in a single pack to trail or track wolf, regardless of the number of people assisting the holder of the wolf harvest license or the dog’s ownership.
  • Hunt wolves with dogs outside of the hunting hours

During the season it is illegal to:

  • Hunt wolves at night or outside of designated hunting hours specified by the DNR
  • Use telemetry devices
  • To set, place, or operate steel-jawed foothold traps with a maximum spread width of more than 7 inches from Oct. 15 – Nov. 30 or any foothold trap larger than 8 inches from Dec. 1, 2013 – Feb. 28, 2014
  • To set, place, or operate cable restraints for wolves except from Dec. 1, 2013 – Feb. 28, 2014

For more information please visit The Wisconsin DNR 2013 Wolf Hunting & Trapping Regulations