Do wolves make deer hunting over bait harder?

January 22, 2024

 Whether or not wolves might affect hunting with bait has been a long-standing question — a recreational tradition that is controversial inside and outside the hunting community. While baiting increases the opportunity for a successful shot and more immediate kill, it creates a predictable food source that concentrates deer and deer scent, attracting wolves.

New research from the University of Minnesota, published in Ecology and Evolution, suggests that wolf scent at bait sites is actually less influential on deer activity than the overall habitat.

Researchers from the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology are mentioned. Read the full story at UMN News >