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UPDATE: Wis. tribes' deer trial ends; ruling months away

UPDATED Friday, July 26, 2013 --- 6:38 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal trial over whether Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes can hunt deer at night has wrapped up but a decision isn't likely for months.

The state Department of Natural Resources has long banned night deer hunting deer 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 now contend they should be allowed to hunt at night because the DNR has allowed night hunting to contain chronic wasting disease and let hunters kill wolves at night this past fall.

Crabb listened to both sides' arguments during a weeklong bench trial that ended Friday. Crabb didn't rule, instead giving the attorneys until mid-September to submit final briefs.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press
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UPDATED Monday, July 22, 2013 --- 11:53 a.m.

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.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Sunday, July 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.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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