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July 24, 2013
Deer Hunting At Night: Trial Over Tribal Hunt Begins in WI - 2

Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes have begun testifying in front of a U.S. district judge to win the right to hunt deer at night. The tribes have increased safety measures that now call for hunters to use lights and undergo an advanced training course.

In November, the Great lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission authorized Chippewa hunters to hunt deer at night in the ceded territory, a stretch of northern Wisconsin that the tribes handed over to the federal government in the 19th century. The Chippewa retain the right to hunt and fish in the territory, according to the Associated Press.

However, the Wisconsin DNR has banned nighttime deer hunting statewide, including in the ceded territory, because of safety concerns. Obviously shooting at night makes it more difficult for the shooter to know what is behind his or her target.

The Chippewa have renewed their attempt to legalize nighttime deer hunting for tribe members after the state OK'd wolf hunting at night. Also, the state allows sharpshooters to shoot deer at night.

"These changes are significant, because they demonstrate that the State of Wisconsin believes there are safe means of shooting deer and other species using high caliber weapons at night," Tribal attorney Colette Routel wrote, according to the AP.

The trial, which is being heard by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb, is expected to last about one week.

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from Darrek Elwood wrote 37 weeks 6 days ago

Are you kidding me? I'm not sure how this is even debatable? The tribes are wanting to use flashlights and high powered rifles to hunt deer. This is wrong in so many ways. It is not safe no matter how you slice it. Why would they want to use high powered rifles with modern scopes and lights to harvest deer that their ancestors have hunted with a stick and string for centuries. Have you ever heard the phrase "a deer in headlights"? How unfair and disrespectful to the animal to use a "stunning" method to harvest them. *Dislike!

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from huntfishtrap wrote 38 weeks 1 day ago

The Tribal attorney has a point. Not saying I 100% agree with them hunting deer at night, but it does seem a bit disingenuous for the state to not allow the Indians to hunt deer at night on one hand, and allow wolf hunting and sharpshooters at night on the other.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 38 weeks 1 day ago

The Tribal attorney has a point. Not saying I 100% agree with them hunting deer at night, but it does seem a bit disingenuous for the state to not allow the Indians to hunt deer at night on one hand, and allow wolf hunting and sharpshooters at night on the other.

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from Darrek Elwood wrote 37 weeks 6 days ago

Are you kidding me? I'm not sure how this is even debatable? The tribes are wanting to use flashlights and high powered rifles to hunt deer. This is wrong in so many ways. It is not safe no matter how you slice it. Why would they want to use high powered rifles with modern scopes and lights to harvest deer that their ancestors have hunted with a stick and string for centuries. Have you ever heard the phrase "a deer in headlights"? How unfair and disrespectful to the animal to use a "stunning" method to harvest them. *Dislike!

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