Here’s Hunter Nation’s response to the hysteria driven headlines about the successful wolf hunt this week:
“Hunter Nation is proud of the effort we undertook that allowed the statutorily required wolf hunt to move forward this week.
Reports from the field show us that despite the Evers' administration's attempts to trample our constitutional right to hunt, this population of predators was in desperate need of management.
Depredations on pets and livestock were up 70%, this successful hunt will help bring balance back to our population of wolves that was at least 4 times larger than our management goal of 350 animals.
We are thankful for the 27,000+ hunters who applied for a permit, and the 4,000 who drew a tag and spent their time and money to help manage the wolf population.
The positive economic impact of this hunt brought nearly $500,000 to the state's Wildlife account, not to mention the additional revenue spent on supplies, gas, food, and lodging by hunters in mostly rural communities who've been struggling during the pandemic.
They then went to the field and experienced near-perfect conditions which helped reach the quota quickly, but there is more to that story. In 2014, it took 2 months to reach the quota of just over 100 animals, this season it took just 3 days! Clearly, the population of grey wolves has significantly increased during that time and the DNR must take a serious look at their population models and counting methods.”