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Tribal Commission OKs NIGHT Deer Hunt

Unread postby Gardner Swamp » Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:28 pm

Tribal commission OKs night deer hunt

Updated: Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012, 5:41 PM CST
Published : Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012, 4:30 PM CST
TODD RICHMOND Associated Press



MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A commission that oversees Chippewa tribes' off-reservation rights on Wednesday quietly authorized tribal hunters to go after deer at night across most of the northern third of Wisconsin, sparking yet another clash with state wildlife officials.

Sue Erickson, spokeswoman for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, told The Associated Press that the commission issued the authorization for tribal hunters. Each of the state's six Chippewa tribes must approve the plan before its members can take part, she said.

The state Department of Natural Resources prohibits hunting deer at night, contending the practice is too dangerous. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said the agency plans to file a federal lawsuit seeking to block the commission's order.

"We really believe this is not something they have the authority to do," Stepp said. "This is one of those issues ... we need to push back on."

Under treaties signed in the early 1800s, the Chippewa ceded 22,400 square miles across northern Wisconsin to the government. A federal court ruling in 1991 found the tribes have the right to harvest at least 50 percent of the quota for any animal hunted in that territory.

Backed by the court ruling, the tribes run their own deer hunt in the ceded territory independent of the state's bow and firearm seasons. The tribal season generally runs from late August until early January.

Erickson said the commission felt night deer hunting was justified because state legislation allows hunters to go after wolves at night. The wolf hunt has been a source of contention between the state and the Chippewa, who view wolves as sacred to their culture. The commission tweaked the DNR earlier this year when it tried to lay claim to all the wolves in the ceded territory in an effort to protect them from hunting.

Erickson argued that the night deer hunting order parallels the wolf hunt legislation, prohibiting shining except at the point of kill.

"We're not authorizing shining. We're authorizing night hunting. That needs to be very clear," she said. "If the DNR deems that safe, why is it not safe for the tribes to do it?"

Tensions have been running high between the DNR and the commission since September, when the commission authorized a tribal elk hunt despite DNR contentions that the group had to reach a consensus with the agency first.

The DNR's Stepp said the commission and the DNR have been talking about possibly allowing tribal members to hunt deer at night, but Stepp said the commission again abruptly chose to act on its own.


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Re: Tribal Commission OKs NIGHT Deer Hunt

Unread postby Stump » Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:07 pm

The level of restraint required NOT to comment on tribal law vs license paying outdoorsmen/women is nearly more than I can bare. :angry-banghead:
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Re: Tribal Commission OKs NIGHT Deer Hunt

Unread postby Dewey » Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:14 pm

I thought this was already common practice. :roll:

Heard plenty of stories over the years saying this does happen more than people think!!

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Unread postby U.P. MAN » Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:47 pm

Stump wrote:The level of restraint required NOT to comment on tribal law vs license paying outdoorsmen/women is nearly more than I can bare. :angry-banghead:

You aren't kidding.

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Re: Tribal Commission OKs NIGHT Deer Hunt

Unread postby Redman232 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:59 pm

The story said they "ceded" control of 22,000 square miles 150 years ago. Umm they gave it up 150 years ago, I'm sure there is a Chippewa word for bull####. Different rules for different people doesn't work.

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Re: Tribal Commission OKs NIGHT Deer Hunt

Unread postby Hodag Hunter » Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:01 am

:lol: :lol: :lol:

:roll:

Been going on for years. Quite a few white folks do it also......but see the tribe out in force driving around a lot. Second weekend of rifle is when activity picks up by me...........

I've run into the same trucks a couple of times on the same back roads......I'm looking for tracks in the snow, their looking for deer with the rifle. It's all good fun. :roll:
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Re: Tribal Commission OKs NIGHT Deer Hunt

Unread postby seeds » Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:15 am

Oh,C'mon guys. It's not just about killing deer. It's a tradition,passed from father to son ever since 12v spotlights were invented.
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Re: Tribal Commission OKs NIGHT Deer Hunt

Unread postby dan » Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:08 am

This has nothing to do with deer hunting... Its the tribe having a feud with the DNR... Its more about the State allowing wolves to be hunted in the tribes territory.


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