Don't be suprised if some how the opening of wolf season is delayed because the anti's tie it up in court. They have way too much invested to "just let it happen".
Also from what I have herd, the season will be a quota based hunt. This is fine, and works well to get the numbers harvested that are wanted, but the small number that will be set as a quota is nothing more than a way to keep the sportsman happy. IMO it makes many of us think that we are getting another sporting opportunity, when in the end we will be replaced by the wolf as the system for regulating game populations.
We all talk about our heritage to hunt. The fact is, the only reason we are allowed to hunt, is to regulate game populations. We don't hunt because we have a right to.
This is and always has been the goal of wolf reintroduction, take away the need for humans to harvest game. Sport hunting on public lands will be gone. Then we can all pay big money to hunt behind high fences.
Thanks to us, the sportsman, wolves are multiplying at very high rates. What I mean is that because of our hard work in wildlife conservation ( we are the true conservationist) game numbers are high. Lots of food source means lots of preditor. Holds true in all preditor/prey populations. "They" want a balance, and I do not believe that we are part the master plan.
When we are not needed to regulate game populations, then there is one less reason that we need to own guns.
Unlike other preditors, wolves don't quit hunting because they are full. The more full they are, the less they eat of each kill, taking only the prime parts of the prey. i.e. The organs and hams. This is why in areas of high game populations the typical wolf kill looks like the pics of the elk in Libby.
Sorry for going so long, and so negative.
THEY GOT RID OF THEM FOR A REASON THE FIRST TIME.
To hunt... or not to hunt...? What a stupid question.