Chippewa tribes

MADISON, WI (AP)--   State attorneys representing the Department of Natural Resources are planning to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a federal appellate decision ordering a judge to revisit a decades-old ruling barring Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes from hunting deer at night. 

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled in 1991 that night deer hunting is dangerous and the state's ban on the practice extends to the Chippewa as well. The tribes renewed their push for night hunting in 2012 after legislators angered them by allowing hunters to kill wolves at night.

Wisconsin tribes to argue for night hunting

Aug 5, 2014

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes will get a chance next month to tell a federal appeals court why members should be allowed to hunt deer at night. 

State officials have long banned night hunts out of safety concerns. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled in the early 1990s that the ban applies to Chippewa hunters.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes have asked a federal appeals court to allow tribal hunters to shoot deer at night.
The Chippewa have been pushing for decades to hunt deer at night in northern Wisconsin's ceded territory even though the state has banned the practice out of safety concerns. Two years ago the tribes mounted another attempt, arguing the state has allowed night hunting to cull deer and slow chronic wasting disease.

Native tribes want to take more than 63,000 fish in WI

Mar 20, 2014
Tom Lynn /

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Wisconsin's six Chippewa tribes say they want to spear 63,488 walleye across northern Wisconsin this spring. 

The quotas represent a 5,089-fish increase over last year's declaration of 58,399.

That declaration drove the Department of Natural Resources to limit non-tribal anglers to just one walleye on nearly 200 lakes and two walleye and 331 lakes to protect the fishery, creating tensions between the tribes and state lawmakers concerned about the impact on tourism.

The tribes ultimately took only about 28,400 walleyes, defusing the situation.

MADISON, WI (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.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   The Legislature's finance committee has quietly left a provision that would ban night wolf hunting in Governor Scott Walker's budget.  

Wisconsin's wolf regulations allow night hunting but the language has proven contentious. Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes have cited it as justification for launching a tribal night deer hunt despite the state's ban on the practice. State attorneys are trying to block the tribal hunt in federal court.