Just thought I’d throw it in as a reminder to all; make sure you have some good work gloves, or heavy rubber gloves for handling your wolf kills. Hydatid disease can spread and it’s nasty. I always carry a pair of thick rubber gloves that go halfway up my forearm. Probably wouldn’t hurt to use them on coyotes as well. Good luck and safe hunting to all.
More info on Hydatid Disease HERE
This is a General Overview of some of the most Frequently Asked Questions we here at Wolf Tracker get about wolf hunting here in British Columbia.
1) Can I bait wolves?
It is perfectly legal here in BC to bait wolves and coyotes for the purposes of hunting and trapping . This includes leaving a bait pile out.
2) Where can I get bait, and what works?
Talk to your local butcher or game cutter and usually they will keep scraps/bones/hides aside for you at no charge. They have to pay to have it taken away, and are usually quite happy to do so for you.
If you have access to a fish market/cutter, do the same there. I know for a fact that fish works as well.
3) How can I stop wolves and other animals from stealing the bait?
In a short answer- You cant.
But you can do things to deter them.
I like to put all scraps into a large container, add water and freeze.
This makes a giant meatsicle which is extremely difficult for the wolves to take apart and move.
It keeps them coming back time and time again to the pile.
If you are unable to freeze it in one large piece, another proven method is to bury it either in snow, or dirt. Wolves have an incredible sense of smell, and will have no problem locating it.
This also is a great deterrent to other scavengers who are unable to remove pieces easily.
Tips for Wolf Hunters
1. No tag is required in British Columbia, simply a valid hunting license.
2. Wolves travel the roads often, have your gun right beside you and always have ammunition handy. When you round a corner on a logging road and there they are, now is not the time to uncase a rifle or fumble around looking for bullets or a magazine.
3. Dont be afraid take a less than perfect shot…. Wolves and Coyotes are thin skinned and not that large of body exists under that fur. The bullet will likely travel the entire length of the predator and get the job done. Most of my kills were made as it turn to bolt or started to run.
4. Get a real fast rifle, that extra 200-500 FPS will make all the difference on difficult shots!! If he’s in the cross hairs when you squeeze, he’s hit…. Albeit you’re shaking freehand with no rest.
5.Carry some type of hand pred call at all times, like a fawn call. Many coyotes and a few young wolves have ran back out on the road after being spooked off of it to investigate the sound. Take every single advantage you can.
6. don’t be intimidated, as wolves are afraid of man for the most part and won’t eat you. If he goes in the bush follow….
7. If hunting in a team when wolves are encountered, great! One goes off to follow the wolves the other sets up ready to shoot, as they may cross again in short order. If the road zigzags up the mountain the shooter should get up to the next road ASAP and the follower push. Adrenaline can run high at this time, so always verify your targets.
8. Return again even if some shooting has happened. A student I know shot a young wolf and left to a vantage point to call his father with the news. Dad says I would like one too. Son goes back and the wolves were still around! Boom he gets two, same day, same spot! A good friend took 5 in two separate outings same road, same week. Know your hot spots.
9. Howl. It works.
10. Investigate concentrations of Ravens, and be prepared to shoot!
Credit: Husky 7mm, Edited by Dude.
Here’s a really good page on wolf hunting, including calls, calibres, the whole nine yards. A Wolf Hunter
Another good article on how to hunt wolves is Here.
Our fellow hunter conservationists at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation have a list of tips and tricks.
Wolf Hunting Tips, Observations from RMEF Members
Scouting and Prep
- Wolves can be patterned like other game. Scouting will help you find travel routes, crossings, etc.
- Use a good spotting scope and spend more time glassing your hunt area.
- Wolves tend to travel the easy routes. Watch roads, trails, frozen lakes, etc.
- Be prepared to shoot accurately at long distances and at moving targets up close.
- Standard varmint calibers do not do the job on wolves. Prefer .30-06 or .300 WSM.
- I hunt in thick country and prefer to hunt with a shotgun and buckshot.
- Hire an outfitter!
- Wolves are where the game is. If there are hooved animals in your area, you ‘re likely to have wolves, too.
- Many hunters won’t shoot a wolf when they’re close to elk and deer. Need to change that mindset. Go on more hunts specifically for wolves, not for wolves as a byproduct of another hunt. (Questionnaire data reveal that only 11 percent of respondents hunted exclusively for wolves; most hunted for wolves as part of a deer or elk hunt.)
- Will be in better shape next year.
- Get permission from private landowners. Last year I hunted Forest Service land but kept seeing wolves lower on private ground. Lots of landowners are happy to have wolf hunters. Could lead to other hunting opportunities down the road.
- Check with ranchers, loggers and others who spend time in the backcountry. Ask them about the wolf activity they’re seeing.
- Start driving roads and howling to locate packs well before sunrise. I start at 3:00 a.m.
- Carry a pistol while bowhunting (where legal) so you have some firepower in case you see a wolf.
- Most wolf hunters want to shoot a big trophy male. But taking females is better for population control. The main thing is just don’t shoot a collared wolf. We need those collars to track the packsâ€”and funding for collaring wolves is getting tighter.
Read the full article here: Wolf Hunting Tips.
What rifle calibers work best for shooting wolves?
Keep in mind that the following list is not the end all be all for choosing a rifle for hunting wolves, but we believe it is a good guideline for someone who has never shot a wolf before. This list is by no means exhaustive. Don’t worry if you don’t see your favorite caliber; hopefully we’ve included something similar to what you plan on using.
Click on the Graphic below for a really well-written tutorial on Wolf Hunting from our friends at Skinny Moose: