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Tribal hunters again asking state for a night deer hunt

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(WQOW) - Tribal hunters in the state are again pushing for a night hunt. Chippewa tribes have asked a federal appeals court for permission to shoot deer in the dark.

The state has banned the practice because of safety concerns. The tribes' most recent attempt to change the law was two years ago, arguing that the state has allowed night hunting to slow chronic wasting disease. The DNR's secretary says she feels strongly that the decision will not be reversed. 

"What the initial ask was, the tribes wanted to hunt at night in the ceded territory off of tribal reservation lands. We at the DNR have some concerns of the safety aspects of that," said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. "So, we didn't feel that way to move forward and we tried working it out with the tribes to prevent it from going into litigation but unfortunately that didn't work out.

The tribes submitted a brief with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday, arguing night hunting has become more common and the state can't argue it's unsafe.

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