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Inside Montana’s Expanded Wolf Hunting Regulations

There’s a certain mystique about wolves. There are two main species — the red and the gray wolf. Both are wild, carnivorous, dog-like creatures with the ability to hunt prey at speeds up to 60 mph. You can imagine that trying to hunt a wolf isn’t an easy task. Although now in Montana, wildlife officials are making it logistically simpler with expanded wolf hunting regulations.

According to Montana officials, the wolf population is getting out of control. Let’s take a look at what they’re doing about it, and how hunters can get involved.

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission Voted On It Recently

On August 20th, 2021 a bill was passed into law (SB314) that allowed for more hunting of wolves as long as the 15 breeding pairs, or 300 wolves are kept alive at minimum so that they don’t become an endangered species again. 

The bill increases the amount of wolf trapping and hunting licenses that each hunter can obtain. Now wolf hunters are allowed to take up to 10 wolves per season over the previous limit of five. Keep in mind that a hunter needs a license for each wolf that they hunt. Montana is very serious about keeping track of exactly how many wolves are taken each season. 

Certain types of snares can be used, as well as, hunting at night on private property. If you catch a wolf, you must report it within 24 hours. Officials want to keep an updated count at all times. 

The Wolf Season

If you are going to make plans to hunt wolves in Montana, the season officially starts on November 29th and runs through March 15th. That’s a pretty long hunting season for the wolf, but if you are going to hunt anytime in the winter, it gets pretty cold up there. You’ll need to have all the right gear for a very snowy hunt. 

The Total Wolf Population

The total wolf population right now in Montana is around 1,200 wolves. In 2020, it’s estimated that 328 wolves were hunted. On average in the years before that, from 2012 to 2019, an estimated 242 wolves were taken out of the population each year. Experts in conservation have figured out that each year, the population of wolves needs to be culled by as much as 50 percent. 

Many of these gray wolves have migrated from Alaska through Canada into Montana over the past decade, which is why the population has increased so much. 

Planning Your Trip 

In planning a wolf hunting trip to Montana, there are many outfitters that will help set up your guided trip. Linehan Outfitting is one of the best with guided trips described as “unlike any other adventure.” So if you’re looking for a unique and incredible hunting experience, it might be time to schedule that trip up to Big Sky Country this season to nab a few trophy-worthy wolves.


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  1. The Canadian grey wolf in Montana is a illegal alien introduced here illegally by the clowns in the federal government . This is nothing more than bucket biology and environmental vandalism as Canadian grey wolfs are not a native animal to Montana and never have been . Smoke a pack a day and eradicate these illegally introduced wolves from our state . Message to federal clowns that illegally introduced this foriegn species . FUCK OFF I hope they are all erased from our landscape in Montana .

  2. If I don’t eat it I don’t hunt it. If I have a problem with an animal killing my animals then I will take action otherwise nope!

  3. I read that animal worshipping cults and wolf worshipping cults are going to sue the fish & game department in order to halt wolf hunting.

    These hunting banning groups and animal worshipping cults don’t want any hunting of any kind. They want more predator brought in to kill off excessive animals. However, it has a reverse effect. In Idaho, outfitters will tell you where they once had great herds of elk, because of huge packs of wolves, are now reduced to a few dozen animals who are skidish, and are malnourished.

    These animal worshipping cults want wolves in all 48 states, grizzly bears throughout the Rocky Mountains to the west coast and more mountain lions, badgers , wolverines , coyotes, along with all the wild hogs.and other animals that have been set loose.

    Some people have reported hearing lions and tigers roaring in some forests! There are few laws about owning “big cats’. A article about them said one can go on Craigslist or Google and find plenty of lions, tigers, cheetahs, jaguars for sale. Some owners will even give them away free, as they can’t afford to take care of them. Some reports of owners setting them loose-n national forests as they don’t want to pay hefty fines to fish & game. There are several ” wild cat” rescue sanctuary in the USA. The biggest one is in SE Colorado where they have hundreds of lions and tigers!

    There is even talk of bringing jaguars and setting them loose in the mountains.

    The hunting banning groups are joining up with gun banning groups to ban all hunting. Their idea is, if all hunting is banned, then all hunting guns should be banned also. If you can’t go hunting, then why would you need “hunting guns”? See how they have it planned out.

    The wolf worshipping cults get big donations from rich, big city women and celebreties.

    They also show “staged” phots ops and videos of tame and/or drugged wolves, where they pet them and kiss them and say “wolves are harmless to humans”. What nonsense.

    During WW2, in Europe, wolf attacks got so bad, many countries had to divert their armies to fight off huge packs of wolves who were killing and eating people, with machine guns and hand grenades.
    A wolf can kill a elk, what chance does a unarmed person have against them?

    Support and protect your right to hunt, fish and trap. Since the numbers of hunting license have dropped, purchase a hunting license, even if you don’t plan on hunting. Also purchase a “duck stamp”.

    Support and join groups that protect the 2nd amendment, hunting and trapping. Don’t let the far leftist hunting banning groups, wolf worshipping cults and gun banning groups destroy freedoms.

    Most of these gun banning groups and hunting banning groups are run and funded by Micheal Bloomberg, George Soros, the Chinese government, the U.N., Russia and Mexico.

    Protect and support your right to keep and own all types of firearms and accessories.

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