Wisconsin’s Chippewa Tribes Want To Hunt At Night

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 at 6:01 am

Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes are trying to persuade a federal judge they have the right to hunt at night and the practice is safe.

The commission that oversees the tribes’ off-reservation rights authorized tribal hunters to hunt deer after dark starting this week in the ceded territory of Northern Wisconsin. That provoked a legal battle with the state Department of Natural Resources, which prohibits night deer hunting out of safety concerns.

The Associated Press reports that on Tuesday, the tribes asked a U.S. District Judge to block the DNR from enforcing the prohibition on tribal hunters.

The tribes argue they have the right to give their members more harvest opportunities. It should be noted that the state allows hunters to kill wolves at night and tribal hunters must meet stringent safety requirements to get night permits.

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