Minnesota wolf hunters on track to finish just over target

More kills could still come in through tomorrow.
More kills could still come in through tomorrow.

The final leg of Minnesota's controversial wolf hunting season will come to a close tonight, and hunters have already hit their target.

As of publication, the Department of Natural Resources has tallied 403 kills between the two seasons, meaning hunters have hit three wolves above target. DNR wolf specialist Dan Stark emphasizes that the target is not a quota, and they fully expected the possibility of going over.

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Hunters can continue to hunt until 30 minutes after sunset tonight, and trappers have until 10 p.m. The deadline to register a kill with the DNR is also tonight, so it's likely the total amount of kills will still increase.

The second leg of the season, which began in late November, turned out to be much more fruitful for hunters than the early phase. Hunters ended the early season with 147 kills, 53 under target.

The remainder carried over to the second season, and hunters still managed to exceed it with 256 kills. That breaks down to 189 in the Northwest Region (of a 187 target), nine in the East Central (of 10), and 58 in the Northeast (of 56).

We'll update with the final numbers when they become available.

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