Last week, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted to extend the wolf hunting season through March 31, 2010, in all hunting areas that have not already reached set limits.
Originally, the majority of the state's 12 hunting zones were scheduled to close on Dec. 31, with just two areas remaining open through March. The extension, in large part, is because only half of the wolf-hunt limit has been taken so far, said Fish and Game spokesman Ed Mitchell.
The decision does not change the area limits, and hunting zones will close as soon as those numbers are reached. For hunters, this means that while their wolf tag will be valid through the season, they will need to purchase a new Idaho hunting license after the first of the year to use that tag.
Three hunting zones have already closed for the season: the Dworshak-Elk City zone in North Idaho, as well as on the McCall-Weiser and Upper Snake zones.
As of Monday, Nov. 23, 112 of the 220-wolf limit has been reached.