Three days into the season, hunters in the northern wolf-hunting zones had taken more than 60 wolves as of Monday, the Duluth News Tribune reports.
Research biologist for the DNR, John Erb, tells the newspaper that about 1 percent of Minnesota hunters have been successful. In the past, hunting success in some western states have been less than 1 percent.
Experts tell MPR about half of the harvest occurs in the first weekend of the season. The DNR closed the east-central zone around Lake Mille Lacs where eight of the zone's alotted nine wolves were killed.
Garrett Mikrut of Circle Pines, a long-time deer hunter north of Duluth, was one of 36 hunters to get a wolf on opening day. The animal weighed in at 80 pounds.
The DNR is keeping an online tally of wolves hunted this season.