The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is expecting a good turnout for this year's deer and wolf seasons, saying close to half a million people will be taking aim at deer alone.
Officials say many of those in deer stands this weekend will also have their guns prepped for wolves, since most of the wolf permits were granted to those who also had licenses to take a deer.
There are more than 3,000 wolves roaming the state, which is the largest population in the lower 48, according to the DNR. Officials estimate hunters will take fewer than 100 wolves with firearms, but so far, about 30 have been shot.
For those who have been opposed to the hunt, any number is too many The group Howling for Wolves had sought court injunctions against the hunt, and on Saturday they gathered to protest in Duluth.