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UPDATE: DNR Moves to Block Night Deer Hunt For Chippewa TribesSubmitted: 11/23/2012
Story By The Associated Press

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MADISON - The DNR asked to block Wisconsin Chippewa tribes from starting nighttime deer hunts.

A commission that oversees Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes' off-reservation rights had quietly authorized tribal hunters to hunt deer at night across most of the northern third of Wisconsin beginning Monday.

Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission spokeswoman Sue Erickson told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview the commission issued the authorization Wednesday.

But the DNR says night deer hunting is too dangerous.

The agency asked a federal judge to block the hunt. Now, the Chippewa Commission has until November 28th to respond.

The DNR asked tribal leaders not to issue any night hunting permits until the matter is settled, but a tribal spokeswoman says night hunting is justified.

The tribes run a deer hunt from September until early January. Erickson said the commission feels night deer hunting is justified since the state allows wolf hunters to hunt at night.

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