Understanding the wolf harvest expense reimbursement process:
- Step 1 Join F4WM
- Step 2 Save receipts
- Step 3 Harvest a wolf & check it in with the State
- Step 4 Submit for reimbursement of your expenses
Explanations and Details:
STEP 1: Join / Membership
- F4WM Membership must be approved and processed prior to being eligible for reimbursement (allow 7 days for processing). Once your membership is processed, you will be eligible for reimbursement of your expenses when you harvest a wolf. (EXCEPTION: When State of Idaho funds are used for the reimbursement F4WM is required to reimburse both members and non-members alike. Please see Idaho wolf Control Board and Commission Grant funding section below).
STEP 2: Receipts
- Purchases must be from prior to harvest date, and for expenses related to the scouting, hunting, or trapping of wolves (Does not have to be a current year purchase). These can include items such as fuel, firearms, ammunition, traps, game cameras, outdoor clothing/gear, license & tag fees, ATV/UTV, 4-wheeler, truck purchase or payments, etc.
STEP 3: Harvest a wolf:
- Wolf must be checked in with IDFG or MTFWP. Ask for a copy of the Big Game Mortality Report from IDFG or the Wolf Harvest Registration form from MT FWP.
- Note 1: Falsifying that report is a Felony
- Note2: If your MT wolf Hide & Skull, or Whole Carcass was not presented to the FWP when checking it in, (Indicated by the info on that form) then your reimbursement request also requires a photo of yourself with your wolf.
STEP 4: Submit for reimbursement
- Email a copy of your expense receipts(for the amount of the reimbursement, based on the max allowed for the unit of harvest listed/mapped below)
- As well as a copy of your IDFG Big Game Mortality Report, or FWP Wolf harvest registration form(This proves it was a legal harvest and what unit the wolf was harvested from.
- To email@example.com or by mail to F4WM Po Box 821 Ponderay, ID 83852.
Once we receive and verify your reimbursement requests, your check will be mailed within 7 business days. Please direct any questions related to harvest reimbursements to F4WM Treasurer, Teresa Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org
MONTANA SB200 ALERT: No Reimbursement allowed
From FWP: "After further discussion with Legal staff. FWP does not see wolves taken under SB 200 authority as being eligible for compensation under 87-6-214."
F4WM reimbursement rates change from one season to the next based on level of need, amount of funding available, state requirements through Cost Share Agreement plans, where wolves are causing the most detriment and many other factors.
Notable changes from last year include:
* Montana’s Increased zones (all of region 1 & 2) jumped to $1000
*Montana’s standard reimbursement jumped to $750
*Idaho Unit 13 jumped from elk objectives to Livestock depredation
* Units 18 & 36B fell from livestock depredation to elk objectives
2023/2024 SEASON (JULY 1 - JUNE 30) REIMBURSEMENT RATES
$500 Idaho standard rate per wolf
$750 Montana standard rate per wolf
$1000 in Montana regions 1 & 2
$1000 in Idaho unit 1
IDAHO WOLF CONTROL BOARD AND COMMISSION GRANT FUNDING
$1500 in elk below objective zones
$2000 in livestock depredation zones
The 2023/2024 Cost share agreement plans between F4WM and the Idaho Fish and Game Department, & Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board, have increased reimbursement rates within designated areas suffering Chronic Livestock depredation (having confirmed kills in 4 out of the past 5 years) and areas where wolves play a role in keeping Elk populations from meeting management objectives.
The 1st wolf a person harvests will be funded solely by F4WM, unless that person has harvested wolves from Idaho in a prior season. Therefore, membership will be required for all persons who have never harvested a wolf from Idaho before.