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Wolf lottery applications due Sept. 6

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Applications for Minnesota's first-ever regulated wolf hunting and trapping season are being taken now through Thursday, Sept. 6, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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Individuals may apply for only one license from three available options:

• Early season hunting, which runs from Nov. 3 through Nov.18 in all Series 100 areas and Nov. 3 through Nov. 11 in Series 200 areas located within the northwest wolf hunting zone;

• Late season hunting, which runs Nov. 24 through Jan. 31, 2013, in all three wolf zones; and

• Late season trapping, which runs Nov. 24 through Jan. 31, 2013, in all three wolf zones.

Target harvests have been established in each of the state's three wolf hunting zones. If a target harvest is achieved, hunting and trapping will be closed in that zone. The statewide target harvest is 400 wolves, which includes all three wolf zones.

The lottery will award 3,600 licenses during the early season and 2,400 during the late season, at least 600 of which will be for trapping. Application can be made at any DNR license agent, via telephone at 888-665-4236 or online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense. There is a $4 application fee. All applicants must show proof of a current or previous hunting license.

Lottery winners will be notified. Licenses will go on sale Monday, Oct. 15. Wolf licenses cost $30 for residents and $250 for non-residents.

The statewide bag limit is one wolf.

Lottery winners will receive a wolf hunting booklet with their notification. Additional information about wolves is available online at www.mndnr.gov/wolves.

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