ST. PAUL, Minn. - Saturday marks day one of the state's first regulated wolf hunt.
"I'm very excited," says Dan Schwab of Forest Lake. "I've seen them from my deer stand in recent years."
Schwab, like thousands of other hunters, will head to northern Minnesota in hopes of coming face to face with one of the state's 3,000 gray wolves.
"I feel like I have a pretty good chance," he says. "Last year, I saw a pair of them walking near me."
Six-thousand hunters received tags to participate, but only 3,400 are allowed to hunt wolves beginning Nov. 3. The DNR has set the quota at 400 wolves.
"I'm very interested to see how this goes," said Dr. David Mech, a wolf researcher at the U of M. "Wolves are very wary. If they hear or see people they generally run before people see them."
The early hunt season ends Nov. 18.
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