BOISE, Idaho- Outlets that sell Idaho hunting licenses reported brisk wolf tag business, as shooters across the state prepare for the chance to bag up to 220 of the predators starting Sept. 1.
It's still uncertain if hunts will even proceed in Idaho and Montana, which has approved the shooting of up to 75 wolves in its own hunt that begins in mid-September.
A federal judge has set a hearing for next Monday on environmentalists' effort to end the hunts before they start.
At Cabela's Inc. in Boise, hunters lined up at the customer service counter to get first crack at licenses that began selling at 10 a.m.
Jennifer Fusselman, Cabela's event coordinator, didn't have exact tag sale figures, but said most of the people purchasing the right to kill a wolf had already bought another big game elk or deer tag.
Virtually all of those buying wolf tags came from Idaho and paid $11.75, she said; the tags cost $186 for out-of-staters.