Wolf caliber and round?

One Hole

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In the dense forests of northern idaho and montana I would recommend a semi-auto in .223 or .243 with a wide angle scope or even open sites. I have only caught glimpses of parts of wolves never one standing broadside in the open.
 

Ranger Rick

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Happily in most of our state they are "predators" ---- no tag, no limit.
Alpha, where do you live? Unfortunately in Idaho, wolves are still protected too much. I wish we had a no tag, no limit for these killers. It is also required to have proof of gender attached and brought to an F&G station or office. Parts of Idaho also have seasons.
 

sourdough44

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Years back I read an account where the guy used his 223 for wolf hunting. He got a shot, midlin range, ended up with blood & no wolf. Yeah, it may of died later.

I’d be at the 243 level minimum. While at it, use a suitable, ‘big game’ bullet.
 

BrentM

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Years back I read an account where the guy used his 223 for wolf hunting. He got a shot, midlin range, ended up with blood & no wolf. Yeah, it may of died later.

I’d be at the 243 level minimum. While at it, use a suitable, ‘big game’ bullet.
That can happen with any caliber. We’ve had hunters hit them with a 338 and lost the wolf. Didn’t think it was possible but saw it twice and I lost one with a 308. On another note I’ve killed all but 3 with a match bullet. Wolves aren’t magic, they are actually easy to kill if hit correctly
 

300sendero

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Alpha, where do you live? Unfortunately in Idaho, wolves are still protected too much. I wish we had a no tag, no limit for these killers. It is also required to have proof of gender attached and brought to an F&G station or office. Parts of Idaho also have seasons.
You can buy 10 tags a year and I think it might have been bumped to 20 for hunting. Only time off is a couple months in the summer. I hope you’re tagging out every year because I bet only a handful of people do. Other than the middle of summer being closed that’s pretty close to wide open season.
 

Ohlongarm

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That can happen with any caliber. We’ve had hunters hit them with a 338 and lost the wolf. Didn’t think it was possible but saw it twice and I lost one with a 308. On another note I’ve killed all but 3 with a match bullet. Wolves aren’t magic, they are actually easy to kill if hit correctly
100% in agreement my friend Matt Vaughn in Alaska his whole life has killed a boatload,either calling or over bait,all shot drt with a CZ 22 hornet,no runaways,just dead wolves that make him money.
 

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