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UPDATE: Trial over Tribal Night Deer Hunting Begins

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 11:48 AM, Jul 22, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal trial to determine whether Chippewa tribes can hunt deer at night across northern Wisconsin is underway.

The trial began in U.S. District Court in Madison on Monday with testimony from Jason Stark, a policy analyst on tribal treaty rights. Neither side offered opening statements.

The state Department of Natural Resources has long banned hunting deer at night out of safety concerns. But the Chippewa contend circumstances have changed, noting the DNR allowed hunters to go after wolves at night this past fall.

Tribal treaty rights analyst Kekek Jason Stark said Monday the wolf hunt triggered the tribe's push for night deer hunting.

The trial was expected to last about a week.
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ORIGINAL STORY: 8:09 AM, Jul 21, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal trial to determine whether Chippewa tribes can hunt deer at night across northern Wisconsin is set to begin.

The state Department of Natural Resources has long banned hunting deer at night out of safety concerns. The Chippewa agreed to abide by the prohibition when they were hashing out hunting and fishing rights in front of U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb two decades ago.

The tribes contend circumstances have changed, noting the DNR allowed night deer hunting to contain chronic wasting disease and let hunters to go after wolves at night this past fall. The DNR still maintains the tribes' plan is too dangerous.

Crabb has scheduled a trial on whether to allow the tribes to go forward starting Monday. It's expected to last at least a week.


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