DNR explains why wolf hunt will expand this season

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is upping the number of wolf hunting and trapping licenses available this year to 3,800, an increase of 500 from last year.

Asked why, Dan Stark, a large carnivore specialist for the DNR, cites two factors -- the DNR's most recent estimate of the wolf population, which shows an increase from last year, and the success rate of hunters and trappers trying to nab a wolf.

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Petition against Minnesotan lion huntress racks up more than 173k signatures [PHOTOS]

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The photo that launched tens of thousands of outraged e-signatures.
Melissa Bachman (no relation to that other M. Bachmann) is just a Minnesota girl. She grew up hunting foxes, ducks, and deer with her family in Paynesville, and after graduating from St. Cloud State University in 2006, she writes on her website, she "dreamed of a way to hunt for a living."

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Guns for sale: DNR confiscated firearms auction tomorrow [PHOTOS]

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Up for grabs.
Over the past year, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers have busted a lot of hunters and anglers up to no good, and in certain cases, they've confiscated their gear.

Now, those lawbreakers' mistakes can be your gain: The seized items are hitting the auction block tomorrow, including more than 200 guns, 200 hunting and fishing items like poles and deer antlers, and 40 bows.

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Man sells opportunity to shoot captive deer on Craigslist [PHOTO]

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Got nearly $10,000 to spare? The owner of Summers Deer Farm in Vergas, Minnesota, wants that much coin for the opportunity to shoot Tarzan, a large four-year-old trophy buck with an impressive rack that's held captive on his roughly 25-acre property.

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While the offer is legal, some argue it's unethical. For instance, John Young, a member of a nearby deer hunters association, told WDAY that "I guess if it is legal, that is one thing; but [the] true hunter would not want to do something like that."

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Should wolf hunting be banned -- again -- in Minnesota?

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DFL Sen. Chris Eaton introduced a bill to ban the hunt Thursday.
A bill introduced to the Legislature this week would put a five-year moratorium on wolf hunting in Minnesota.

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Minnesota wolf hunters on track to finish just over target

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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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Minnesota wolf hunt: Welcome to round two

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The remainder from the first-season target carried over to the second.
The second leg of Minnesota's controversial wolf hunting season is underway, and after opening weekend, 18 kills have been registered -- far fewer than the 50 claimed on the early season opener, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

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Pack of wolves steal 17-year-old female hunter's deer, eat it right in front of her [PHOTO]

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Jessica Saenger shot this deer, but wolves reaped the benefits. Finders keepers.
Jessica Saenger, 17, was in a deer stand near Floodwood last Saturday when a doe pranced into her field of vision. She took aim, shot what she felt was a kill shot, and watched as the deer, presumably injured, hightailed it for the woods.

After waiting in hopes the deer had indeed been shot and was bleeding out, Jessica got down from the stand. But she was in for a surprise soon after she began following the blood trail.

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"I picked up the [deer's] blood trail and all of a sudden, a wolf ran by," Saenger told the Pioneer Press. "It wasn't even 40 yards away. It scared the crap out of me."

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Wolf hunt closes Sunday; 129 killed so far

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Hunting in two of the three zones has reached quota.
As the first leg of a controversial, two-season wolf hunt comes to a close, Minnesota hunters have claimed 129 kills as of publication, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Though that's only about 65 percent of the quota, the success rate has already exceeded expectations based on similar hunts in other states, says Dan Stark, wolf specialist for the DNR, though he wasn't certain as to why.

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Minnesota's wolf hunting season claims 50 on opening weekend

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Minnesota's controversial wolf hunting season is officially underway, and after the opening weekend, the DNR has tallied 50 kills.

That amounts to one-quarter of the quota for the early 16-day wolf hunting season. Another quota of 200 will be set for a later season, running from November 24 to January 31.

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Minnesota's wolf hunting season begins November 3

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