Wolves in Michigan
Wolf hunt approved for 2013
- 1,200 licenses will be available for over-the-counter purchase, on a first-come, first-served basis, starting Aug. 3, 2013.
- The cost of a wolf hunting license is $100 for residents and $500 for nonresidents. In order to purchase a license, a hunter (10 years or older) is required to have either purchased a previous hunting license or taken a state-approved hunter safety education course.
- Limited harvest of 43 wolves in three areas of the Upper Peninsula
- The regulations create three Wolf Management Units (WMU):
- WMU A in Gogebic County in the far western Upper Peninsula - target harvest of 16 wolves
- WMU B in portions of Baraga, Houghton, Ontonagon and Gogebic counties - target harvest of 19 wolves
- WMU C in portions of Luce and Mackinac counties - target harvest of 8 wolves.
- 2013 wolf season will open Nov. 15 and will run until Dec. 31 or until the target harvest for each WMU is reached.
- Bag limit is one wolf per person per year.
- Firearm, crossbow and bow-and-arrow hunting and trapping (foothold traps only, with an outside jaw spread of 5.25 inches to 8 inches)
will be allowed on public and private lands.
- Hunters must report successful harvest over the phone on day of harvest. Once target harvest is met for a WMU, the entire unit will be closed for the season.
- Licensed hunters are required to check daily by phone or online to determine whether any management units have been closed.
Rationale for the Wildlife and Fisheries Committee's Recommendation to Adopt Wildlife Conservation Order Amendment No. 6 of 2013, as Modified Herein
Wildlife Conservation Order Amendment No. 6 of 2013 - Signed May 9, 2013
Press Release - Natural Resources Commission authorizes limited public wolf harvest aimed at managing the state's wolf population - May 9, 2013