Archery hunting season throughout the state of Wyoming begins one week from today. That includes elk, deer and antelope in most areas. However, it does not include wolves.
Montana, on the other hand, is getting ready for their first-ever wolf hunting season. The season will begin in limited areas on September 15th. Licenses will be available on Monday, August 31st for $19 for residents and $350 for non-residents.
The licenses are good statewide, and the season runs until the end of November unless the quotas are filled. Montana has limited the number of wolves harvested to 75 this year.
Wolf hunters will have strict reporting policies once a kill is made, and hunters should read and understand all rules before leaving on a hunt.
There are an estimated 1,600 wolves in the Rocky Mountain region and 84 packs in Montana. Earlier this year, the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service removed the wolf from the endangered species list in Montana and Idaho but they are still protected in Wyoming. Idaho is also planning a wolf season this year.
There is current litigation in Federal Court that may affect wolf status, and if a Federal judge decides to once again protect wolves, hunting seasons would be immediately canceled.