October 2, 2013 at 7:05 am #5370
I got picked in a wolf lottery. In a late season. Ill be out hunting in Dec. Does anyone have suggestions on how I can increase my odds of even seeing a wolf.October 2, 2013 at 1:11 pm #5383
In the magazine they had an article in the past year that talked about baiting and calling techniques. LD and I live in the northwoods so we do see wolves. I have never tried locating a wolf on purpose though I have stared one down at 20 paces. Night time scouting (howling) can let you know the general direction the pack is in. I did not get drawn for the second year in a row. So I consider you lucky and may it continue in the woods.
-MDOctober 2, 2013 at 6:21 pm #5394
Ed, how about a little more info.
What zone will you be hunting in?
How large an area is available for you to hunt in?
What kind of equipment do you have, in particular, Quads/Snowmobiles?
I can tell you it may pay to have several areas available, because you’ll more than likely only get one chance in any given area. If you don’t close the deal on the first chance, it’s unlikely you’ll get another chance in that area this season.
Day to day scouting IMHO is essential to locate animals. I too will be hunting the late season, I have a three wheeler, a quad, and a snowmobile. I also have many areas to hunt in, with miles of trails, and logging roads. I’ll be cruising trails looking for fresh tracks, and droppings, If I find them, it’s an indication that a wolf/wolves may be near.
I like areas like slews that have a series of beaver damns/ponds in them. For years I’ve seen how wolves cruise these slews (When Frozen) between areas of high ground. I’ve also seen many wolves over the years on large remote transmission power lines.
You said you’ll be hunting in Dec. but if by chance you can get out again in January locate as many deer yards as you can. If you find the deer, you’ll increase your odds of finding wolves.
That’s a small bit of info to start. If you can give me more detail about your hunting situation I may be able to add more, and if you have any more specific questions I’ll do my best to answer them.October 2, 2013 at 8:06 pm #5401
Im up in the northeast zone and also have many areas to hunt. The type of areas are isolated with high ground and low area. power lines and beaver ponds. I have an ATV and snowmobiles to get there or travel by canoe or walk if the water is safe and frozen. I like your spirit. January would be a good time to be out too. less people and more outdoor adventure. Thank God I have a supportive Wife.October 2, 2013 at 9:13 pm #5413
Ed, I’ve been around this site for a few years as have many others. Many remember when my old dog, Clarence Maki was killed by wolves back on 08/18/2011.
As a result I’ve got a few fans site wide this coming season.
I’m hitting a phase at work where we’re going into a 10 hours a days 6 days a week run. I’m hoping that this will run until the 1st of the year. If So, January will be my best option. I’ll be watching the early season quotas before I decide to put in for a NW, or NE zone license, I live near, and hunt on both sides of the line.October 3, 2013 at 11:30 am #5463
Lunkerdog, sorry to here about your dog. I hunted an area just outside of hermantown years ago. I mean right off the city limits. The owner of the land that I was on lost three dogs to wolves. The last one was in the daytime and his spanial jumped off his deck to protect his wife. The way he told the story the wolf was after thier cat who was on the deck. When she went out to see what the commotion was she saw the wolf, grabed the cat and screamed. the dog did what good dogs do unfortunatly it didnt have a chance. He is no fan what so ever of the wolf. Dont get me wrong. Its not that I hate wolves. But I am a hunter and an outdoorsman. I do believe there needs to be a checks and balance to the wolf population. If the quotas are met before I get a chance to hunt or if in the future the balance is made and we cant hunt wolves Im cool with that. But I will always step up when an opertunity arises I love the adventure and embrace the responability.
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