There were four wolves taken in the first 24 hours of Wisconsin’s state-managed wolf hunt that began October 15. The last of the four first-day wolves was taken at 6:15 pm on Monday by Dennis Nitz of Boyd, Wisconsin who was hunting from a natural blind with his wife. He had been one of the lucky few who managed to simply get a permit to hunt the predator. Out of 20,272 permit applications, Nitz was one of 1,160 whose name was drawn in a computerized lottery to partake in the hunt.
He had taken the first day of the season off of work and posted up in a circular blind of discarded treetops in the Eau Claire County forest, according to the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. He played a rabbit-in-distress recording to attract the wolves and less than an hour-and-a-half later, a wolf had presented himself broadside to Nitz at about 47 yards away. He took his shot and successfully harvested the animal, sending the carcass to the DNR for testing per requirements and the pelt to a taxidermist for a life-sized mounting.
He put up a photograph of his kill on Facebook that same night and it didn’t take long before he started receiving death threats. In fact, only minutes passed before he received his first death threat.