November 10, 2011

Wolf trapping seasons open this month

By Niels Nokkentved, IDFG

   It is that time of year again when trappers and hound hunters will be out and about in the wilds of Idaho.

   While trapping has long been part of the landscape in Idaho, Fish and Game reminds hound hunters, hunters with bird dogs, and people with pets that trappers have an increased interest to be in the woods because of the wolf trapping season.

   The wolf trapping seasons open Tuesday, Nov. 15,and run through March 31 in the Lolo zone; Selway zone; Middle Fork zone; Dworshak-Elk City zone, except Unit 10A; and the Panhandle zone, except for units 2 and 3. All other zones are closed to trapping, subject to commission review in January.

   Trappers must complete a required wolf trapping class before they can buy wolf trapping tags, valid only in zones with an open wolf trapping season. Licensed trappers may buy three tags per trapping season. Wolf tags cost $11.50 for resident hunters, and $31.75 for nonresidents. Trappers also may buy an additional two hunting tags per calendar year.

   Details of wolf hunting and trapping seasons and rules are available on the Fish and Game Website at:, and they are published in a pamphlet available at license vendors and Fish and Game offices.

   Trapping regulations prohibit traps from the center and within 5 feet of center line of all maintained designated public trails and from the surface of all maintained designated public roads. Ground traps are prohibited within 300 feet of any designated public campground, picnic area and trailhead.

   Hound hunters, hunters with bird dogs and other pet owners are responsible for keeping track and maintaining control of their dogs. It is illegal to allow dogs to pursue wildlife - except for dogs pursuing mountain lions and black bears during the open pursuit season.

   People concerned about their dogs caught in a trap may carry wire cutters for snares. Dogs caught in traps may become agitated or panicked and bite their owners while they try to free them. Put a blanket or coat over your dog's head to protect yourself from being bitten, and push down hard on the springs or lever. The springs or levers may be stiff, and it may be difficult to release a dog from a wolf trap.

   Contact local a Fish and Game conservation officer for help.

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