The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says about 13,000 people have applied for licenses to participate in this year's wolf hunting season, compared with more than 23,000 last year.
After a survey showed Minnesota's wolf population has declined, officials decided to issue 3,300 permits this year. That's down from 6,000 permits last year, according to the Duluth News Tribune.
The DNR reduced the number of permits because it cut the wolf harvest quota nearly in half, from 400 a year ago to 220, according to the Star Tribune.
The early hunting season, which is concurrent with the firearms deer season, begins Nov. 9. The late season starts Nov. 30. Hunters had until Sept. 5 to apply for a license.
According to the Associated Press, applicants have about a 1-in-4 chance of getting a wolf license, about the same odds as last year.