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UPDATE: Tribal commission OKs night deer hunt

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Chippewa tribal commission has until mid-week to respond to state wildlife officials' demand to block tribal hunters from going after deer at night.

Wednesday, the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission authorized tribal hunters to hunt deer after dark across much of northern Wisconsin beginning Monday.

The Department of Natural Resources says night deer hunting is too dangerous.  The agency asked U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb Wednesday to block the authorization, triggering an automatic five-day period for the commission to respond.  November 28 is the deadline.

DNR officials say they hope Crabb will schedule a hearing before then. They've asked tribal leaders not to issue any night hunting permits until the matter is settled, but a GLIFWC spokeswoman says night hunting is justified.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Deer hunting at night will now be allowed across most of the northern third of Wisconsin beginning Monday.

A commission that oversees Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes' off-reservation rights quietly authorized the night deer hunting on Wednesday. That's according to Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission spokeswoman Sue Erickson, who told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview. She says now the state's six Chippewa tribes must sign off on it, but state DNR officials say the commission's authorization is all tribal members need.

The Chippewa tribes run their own deer hunt, which generally lasts from September until early January. Erickson said the commission felt it was justified allowing night deer hunting because state legislation permits wolf hunters to hunt at night.

Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp says the agency plans to file a federal lawsuit blocking the order. She says the agency is worried night deer hunting is too dangerous.

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