Montana Wolf Harvest Update as of January 18, 2022
By angelamontana

Posted: January 18, 2022

Way to go, wolf trappers and wolf hunters!  The total number of wolves harvested in Montana has increased by 15 since January 7th!  That brings the total to 165 as of Tuesday, January 18th.  If there was an increase, it is listed in parentheses ( ) next to the individual Wolf Harvest number in each Wolf Management Unit.

Keep up the good work, and congratulations!

WMU 100

Wolf Harvest: 8 (+1) | Status: OPEN

WMU 101

Wolf Harvest: 27 (+3) | Status: OPEN

WMU 110

Wolf Harvest: 0 | Status: OPEN

WMU 121

Wolf Harvest: 5 | Status: OPEN

WMU 130

Wolf Harvest: 5 | Status: OPEN

WMU 150

Wolf Harvest: 2 | Status: OPEN

WMU 200

Wolf Harvest: 9 (+1) | Status: OPEN

WMU 210

Wolf Harvest: 5 | Status: OPEN

WMU 250

Wolf Harvest: 7 (+1) | Status: OPEN

WMU 280

Wolf Harvest: 0 | Status: OPEN

WMU 290

Wolf Harvest: 18 (+2) | Status: OPEN

WMU 310

Wolf Harvest: 15 (+3) | Status: OPEN

WMU 313

Wolf Harvest: 13 | Status: OPEN

WMU 316

Wolf Harvest: 3 | Status: OPEN

WMU 320

Wolf Harvest: 9 | Status: OPEN

WMU 330

Wolf Harvest: 16 (+2) | Status: OPEN

WMU 390

Wolf Harvest: 16 | Status: OPEN

WMU 400

Wolf Harvest: 7 (+1) | Status: OPEN

Total to date for 2021 season: 165

 

Wolf Hunting & Trapping Season Dates

Resident and nonresident hunters and trappers may harvest any wolf in any open WMU statewide during the archery only, general and trapping seasons. A person can take up to 10 wolves via hunting and up to 10 wolves via trapping (maximum harvest of 20 wolves per person). For hunting, a separate license is required for each wolf. For trapping, only a Trapping License is required.

Archery Only Season: September 4, 2021 – September 14, 2021

General Season:September 15, 2021 – March 15, 2022

Trapping Season:

Areas outside or not near* occupied grizzly bear habitat:

  • First Monday after Thanksgiving (November  29, 2021) – March 15, 2022

Areas inside or near* occupied grizzly bear habitat:

  •  TBD** – March 15, 2022
  •  WMU 121 is OPEN (12/15/2021) – March 15, 2022
  •  WMUs 100, 101, 110, 130, 150,  313, 316, 390, and 400 are OPEN (12/21/2021) – March 15, 2022
  •  All WMUs OPEN (12/27/2021) – March 15, 2022

* Areas in or near occupied grizzly bear habitat include Wolf Management Units (WMUs) 100, 101, 110, 121, 130, 150, a portion of 200 (Ninemile watershed north of I-90), 210, 280, 290, 310, 313, 316, 320, the western portions of 390 (west of Hwy 310, South of I-90, and west of I-15/Hwy 69), and the western portion of WMU 400 (north and west of I-15/Hwy 87, west of Hwy 223 between Fort Benton and Hwy 2 at Chester, south of Hwy 2 between Chester and I-15 at Shelby, and west of I-15 between Shelby and the Canadian border).

** The default opening day for areas in or near occupied grizzly bear habitat will be December 31, 2021, with the potential to readjust to an earlier opening date (no earlier than November 29, 2021) if the department determines most grizzly bears are denned for the winter. Adjustments to the opening date of wolf trapping and snaring can be made by WMU, or an aggregation of WMUs, based on conditions on the ground.  Any update to starting dates will be announced on the wolf regulations webpage and this dashboard.

Public lands within Lynx Protection Zones are closed to snaring.

 

Information provided by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks