Wolf bill update

Posted on February 3, 2012

Here's a brief update on Assembly Bill 502 - when the bill was first read on Jan. 27, it included language that said that landowners and their family would be able to hunt wolves for free (they would have to have a tag, but would not have to pay for it) during the month of February, if the harvest quota had not been met in the zone in which their land was located. The season would run Oct. 15 through the end of February. According to reports from legislators at a Feb. 1 Assembly hearing on the bill, that language that would allow the free February hunting for landowners has been removed from the bill. This bill's tenets will no doubt be changing as the bill moves through the Assembly and Senate. Hunters and trappers who are interested in the bill may want to monitor news outlets and stay in touch with their legislators to keep track of the latest changes to this bill.