A federal judge says Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes cannot hunt deer at night. Judge Barbara Crabb issued the decision today, saying night hunting of deer is not protected by treaty rights because of a risk to public safety.
Chippewa tribal members have been allowed to hunt wolves at night. They have argued that members should also be allowed to hunt white-tailed deer after dark.
But the DNR disagrees. DNR Attorney Quinn Williams says today’s decision protects public safety.
As part of an effort to stock more walleyes into Wisconsin lakes, the state last week announced a $13 million dollar plan to boost larger walleye fingerlings.
One part of the overall initiative was $250,000 to expand the summer Tribal Youth program, a state-tribal partnership giving high school aged tribal members the opportunity to work on natural resources related projects.
DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says the state has wanted to expand the program and now have the dollars to do so...