Section 1 [Unprotected wild animals definition] removes reference to “brush wolf” in describing coyotes.
Section 2 [Wolf license] provides that the revenue from selling wolf licenses is dedicated and appropriated to the DNR for wolf management, research damage control, enforcement, and education.
Section 3 [Under age 16 trapping] provides that wolves may not be taken by persons under age 16 who are trapping without a trapping license.
Sections 4 to 6 [Lifetime licenses] provide that a person with a lifetime hunting license does not include the trapping of wolves.
Section 7 [Resident wolf hunting license fee] establishes the wolf hunting license fee for residents is $26.
Section 8 [Nonresident wolf hunting license fee] establishes the nonresident wolf hunting license fee is $230.
Section 9 [Wolf trapping license] establishes the wolf trapping fee is $26 and may be issued to residents only.
Sections 10 and 11 [Firearms and ammunition to take wolves] provide that the firearms and ammunition allowed to take big game are the same firearms and ammunition allowed to take wolves.
Section 12 [Bow hunting for wolves] provides that a bow used for taking wolves must have a pull of 30 pounds or greater.
Section 13 [Hunting hours for wolves] provides that wolves may be taken from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
Section 14 [Nonresident trapping] excludes wolves from the animals that may be trapped by a nonresident on land owned by the nonresident.
Section 15 [License exceptions] provides that landowners and residents under age 16 may not trap wolves without a wolf license and that a person may take a wolf without a small game license.
Section 16 [Party hunting] provides that small game party hunting provisions do not apply to the taking of wolves. Similar to turkey hunting, a person licensed for the same zone may assist a licensee as long as they do not tag the wolf.
Section 17 [DNR restrictions] allows the DNR to restrict the taking of wolves and designated areas where wolf taking is allowed.
Section 18 [Technical] deletes the term “gray” when referring to “wolves.”
Section 19 [Taking wolves] provides that a person may not take a wolf without a wolf license and allows the DNR to establish open seasons, open areas, daily and possession limits, limits on number of hunters in an area for the taking of wolves, and a method to select hunters and trappers in an area. This section also establishes a $4 fee for the wolf license application and allows the DNR to establish annual wolf quotas. The DNR is authorized to established a method to monitor harvest and close the season when a quota is reached. The DNR must reserve a portion of the annual quota for trapping.
Section 20 [Wolf predator controllers] eliminates the $150 amount currently specified in statute for predator controllers and allows the DNR to establish the fee by written order in the State Register.
Section 21 [Wolf carcass registration] requires the whole carcass of the wolf, with the pelt removed, for registration with a state wildlife manager designee before the pelt is sold or transported out of state.
Section 22 [Restitution value for wolves] directs the DNR to amend rules to set the restitution value for wolves at $500. The current rule has the restitution value set at $2,000.
Section 23 [Use of snares] directs the DNR to amend rules on snares related to the taking of wolves.
Section 24 [2012 and 2013 wolf seasons] directs the DNR to have the first wolf hunting season start no later than the deer opener.
Section 25 [Revisor instruction] directs the Revisor of the Statutes to delete the term “gray” when referring to “wolves.”
Section 26 [Repealer] repeals Minnesota Statutes, sections:
97A.3331, subdivision 7 – gross misdemeanor for taking wolves; and
97B.645, subdivision 2 – requiring a permit to snare a wolf.