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Dans Guns & Loading
337237502
101 Catherine St
Scott, LA
 
B M B Discount Guns Ammunition & Supplies
(337) 856-6694
311 W Milton Ave
Milton, LA
 
D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge
(318) 726-4222
11372 Hwy 143
Farmerville, LA
Other Activties
Boating; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Wildlife Viewing

Sabine National Wildlife Refuge
(337) 762-3816
3000 Holly Beach Highway
Hackberry, LA
Other Activties
Boating; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Visitor Center; Wildlife Viewing

Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge
(318) 726-4400
11372 Highway 143
Farmerville, LA
Other Activties
Boating; Fishing; Hunting; Interpretive Programs

Bourque, Jody James
(337) 501-4721
125 Legend Creek
Youngsville, LA
 
Smiths Engine & Gun Repair
318662361
385 Hwy 182
Sunset, LA
 
Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge
(337) 774-5923
209 Nature Road
Lake Arthur, LA
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Boating; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Wildlife Viewing

Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge
(337) 828-0092
10816A Hwy 182 E
Franklin, LA
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Boating; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Wildlife Viewing

Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge
(318) 336-7119
P.O. Box 1772
Ferriday, LA
Other Activties
Hunting; Interpretive Programs

Cry Wolf: Guide to Wolves and Wolf Hunting Opportunities

Ah, the howl of the wolf. Is any sound in nature more primordial? That eerie call, echoing off the spruce and rock faces of a frozen northern lake on a frigid winter's night, can rouse a man from sleep and fill his head with images of tracks in the snow and gore on the ice.

A wolf is a paradox. On one hand, it is a fearsome predator; on the other, a social animal that, when caught relaxed, is not all that different from the family dog.

There seems to be no middle ground when it comes to them either. Some view them as a welcome indicator species; others as a threat to local livestock and game animal populations.

Our forefathers had no time for that debate - they were too busy trying to make the most of a hostile wilderness. As a result, throughout North America, as in Europe, wolves were shown little mercy. They were trapped, poisoned, and shot. Bounties were collected or their furs were sold. Sometimes, they were just left to rot.

These days, a different attitude pervades. Where wolves still exist, in most of Canada and Alaska, they are, for the most part, treated as a respected game animal capable of putting the most experienced hunter to the test. Where they once roamed, they are often lamented, and in some areas, experimental populations or recovery efforts are being monitored.

With these things in mind, here are a few things that every prospective wolf hunter should know.

The Species
North American wolves are divided into two major groups, Canis Lupus (commonly known as the Gray Wolf) and Canis rufus (the Red wolf). Having said this, in eastern Canada, Canis Lupus Lycaon has recently been recognized as a distinct sub-species that is now called the Eastern wolf.

The Gray wolf is the largest and most widely distributed of the wolves. It is believed that this species originated in Eurasia and crossed the Bering straits into North America long ago.

On average, males weigh 80 to 100 pounds (they can get considerably larger) and have coats that vary depending on location and habitat. Arctic gray wolves (Canis Lupus arctos), for instance, often have a white coat with a dense under fur. Most however, vary from gray and buff to near black.

The Red wolf is a native North American species and considered one of the most endangered species in the world. Originally a resident of the eastern Carolinian forests, early colonists in North America nearly extirpated them. And as their population decreased, inter-breeding with coyotes became more common, posing yet another threat to this species. Adult males weigh between 40 and 80 pounds on average.

Brent Patterson, a wolf researcher for Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources says the Eastern wolf has very similar genetics to the Red wolf but is different - "perhaps this is a case of genetic drift" due to a mixture of gray wolf and coyote interbreeding.

Eastern wolves were referred to as brush wolves and this might not be a bad description of them - in many cases they appear more as coyotes t...

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