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UPDATE: Judge hears arguments on night deer hunting

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Arguments will continue Thursday over whether the Wisconsin Chippewa can hunt deer at night.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb two weeks ago declared the state's ban on night deer hunting extends to tribal hunters, scuttling the Chippewa's request until Wednesday's hearing.

Witnesses for both the Chippewa and the state testified all day Wednesday. Crabb did not say if she would rule from the bench following the expected conclusion of testimony on Thursday or at a later date.

The organization that oversees the Chippewa's off-reservation rights last month quietly authorized tribal hunters to hunt at night, known as shining.

The state Department of Natural Resources has banned night deer hunting for decades out of safety concerns.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A federal judge heard arguments on whether or not the Wisconsin Chippewa should be allowed to hunt deer at night.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb declared the state's ban on night deer hunting extends to tribal hunters two weeks ago. The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, which oversees the Chippewa's off-reservation rights, quietly authorized tribal hunters to hunt at night last month. They call this type of night deer hunting "shining."

The commission gave the OK for night hunting in a ceded 22,400 acre piece of territory in Northern Wisconsin that the tribes handed over to the federal government in the 19th century.

Night deer hunting has been banned for decades by the Department of Natural Resources. The agency believes hunting during that time of day creates a variety of safety concerns.

The judge didn't indicate a timeline for when she would issue her ruling on the matter.

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