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This season we will be packing into an area with a decent wolf population(and Griz). I was told to buy a wolf tag too and plan on it mainly because it’s very cheap. How many guys add a wolf tag and has anyone even had an attemp at one while elk hunting? Strictly bow hunting. I’m not expecting to even attempt to fill it but figured I would donate my 25$
My advise, as a guy who was 25 yards from a sleeping white wolf on the NWT tundra without the tag, is to buy it.
You never know. A couple days later I bumped into a wolverine. I had that tag :^)
Never tried, I pass on coyote while deer hunting just because I don't want to deal with them. I guess if the situation presented itself close to camp I'd take the shot but if you're 2 miles from camp trying to find/get a shot at an elk are you gonna draw on a wolf? Probably not. If you're walking back to camp on a morning hunt and one pops up you'd probably take that shot though. My point is it's probably a slim chance you get that opportunity. Not knocking you gor buying a tag though.
I'd shoot one if I had a bull screaming 30 yds away and I was 4 miles from camp. Skin it right there and stuff it in my pack. Once in a thousand lifetimes opportunity!
Shoot at a wolf with any opportunity!
Yep wolf is different than a coyote. I would gladly blow any opportunity on a bull to shoot one. Just curious if any bow hunters actually got an opportunity to even shoot at one. I know it’s very slim chance and if tag was more expensive I would probably not purchase
I'm with Midwest on this one.
It will make a great memento to frame and show the grandkids or will be Prima facie evidence when the GREENS take over, to be used to send you to a reeducation camp.
Yes and yes . Buy the tag
Yes and yes . Buy the tag
Get it. I’d give up a day elk hunting in a heartbeat.
Wolf with a bow is a tall order. That being said I know of at least one Bowsiter who’s done it and I think It was just a chance opportunity like you’re describing. Maybe he’ll chime in. But yes, get the tag.
For $25 I would buy it I’ve never hunted where I could buy one.
On a spring bear hunt in NE Oregon in 2018 around 8:00am a wolf howled, then another , then another. There was a big group in the timber less than 800 yards away. They kept howling for a couple hours. If this would have been an area I could buy a tag, I’m pretty confident I could have snuck in on them for a shot.
I elk hunt the same general area(2-3 miles away), and have only heard a wolf once since.
This is also an area with multiple different known packs, so wasn’t just a few moving through the area.
Seems like an animal that is pretty hard to get a good opportunity at, even in areas where they are known to be.
In 2019 thought I was getting a shot at a black one with my recurve. Had 3 muley does come by at 25 yards. About 30 minutes later I looked up and a black wolf was following them and I knocked an arrow prepared to get the shot. He went behind some blow downs at about 40 and I never seen him again, no clue where it went. I was just sick thinking I was that close and didn’t get the shot.
25$! What a waste of money. Better just save the coin!
I almost never bought one because they were expensive, but you only live once so I bought it and got lucky! In '17 a buddy took a shot at one in Montana at a 100yrds and barely missed him.
For $25, I’d be all over it. I don’t hate wolves; there’s too much good science documenting the up-sides to having them around. But there’s really no reason at this point for them to continue to have complete protection and in some areas there’s an (IMO) undeniable need to manage their populations.
So yeah, I’d have no problem paying a very modest fee for that tag. Probably a much better investment than the $10 I dropped on the lottery last night…. but I haven’t checked my numbers yet. ;)
$25 I’d be in for sure. And I agree with Midwest 100%
I have always had this saying. “No matter what I am hunting if I see a coyote it becomes a coyote hunt.” Wolves would fall into that theory as well.
So long as the $25 doesn't goto wolf restoration.
Definitely buy the tag because if you are fortunate to shoot your elk early, then hunt over the gut pile the rest of the week and hope that the wolves find it - and find it before a griz if in griz country!
Hessticles that is unreal! I have been on hunts where I could shoot a wolf, even saw a pack of 4 in AK come look at me at 150yards. I definitely bought a tag since they are only 25$ but I know the odds of getting a shot at one are extremely low. If the price was more substantial, I might not spend the money. Thanks for the input
Michael 100 percent on coyote killing.
$25 no brainer. I would rather get a wolfe with my then a 350 bull, man that would be cool and difficult. Very very very low odds. Those things are SMART and cautious.