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Dd Sales
309697344
4809 W Middle Rd
Peoria, IL
 
Select Firearms
309685076
4206 N Ashton
Peoria, IL
 
Kemp, Hylee F
309682729
4310 N Voss Ave
Peoria Heights, IL
 
Heights Gun & Hunter Supply
(309) 686-0312
1313 East Seiberling Avenue
Peoria Heights, IL
 
Roth, James N
309266678
161 Roth Auction Rd
East Peoria, IL
 
R & J'S Northside Pawn
309673227
1215 Northeast Jefferson Ave
Peoria, IL
 
Patterson, Jason Allen
309303065
5121 N Ogden
Peoria Heights, IL
 
Ben'S Firearms
309699079
213 Caroline St
Creve Coeur, IL
 
Kaps, Richard W
309699255
100 Longview Ct
East Peoria, IL
 
309 Firearms
309550408
206 Kerfoot St
East Peoria, IL
 

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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