Forty-Four Wolf Tags Filled In Montana So Far

Montana hunters have been busy during their state's wolf season, with Big Sky hunters tallying 44 wolves so far.

From this story in The Billings Gazette:

Hunters through the second weekend of the rifle season for wolves bagged 44 of the large predators throughout the state. By Monday, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks had checked 44 wolves in the 14 districts statewide. Biologists said that signifies a steady kill with roughly four weeks of deer and elk hunting and two full months of the wolf season remaining. "Having 44 wolves killed at this point in the season and the sharp increase of harvest we had at the start of the rifle season is encouraging," said Mike Thompson, FWP Region 2 wildlife manager in Missoula.

The wolf hunt began for archery and for the early backcountry rifle hunters in early September. By the Oct. 22 start of the statewide deer and elk rifle season, hunters had killed 11 wolves throughout the state. But the bulk of the wolf harvest in the state's second season for wolves was expected to come during the deer and elk season, when many more hunters take to the field. Montana held its first ever wolf hunt in 2009, when hunters took 73 wolves before it was shut down. Thompson said thus far the wolves killed have been well distributed throughout the state.

Any Montana hunter plan on buying a wolf tag in case they see one during deer or elk season?