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Federal appeals court asked to allow Chippewa tribe to hunt deer at night

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Chippewa Indians have asked a federal appeals court to let them hunt deer at night in northern Wisconsin.

District Judge Barbara Crabb said no last December, after a trial in her Madison courtroom last summer. In January, the tribes filed a notice that they would appeal -- and it happened Monday.

Six Chippewa tribes told the Seventh District appellate court in Chicago that night hunting has become more common, and the state can no longer argue that it's unsafe.

Tribes have attempted for years to hunt deer at night in the off reservation territory of the north, where treaty rights have long been established.

The tribes' latest attempt began two years ago, after the state began a wolf hunt -- something the Indians have long opposed, believing that the animal is sacred.

The Chippewa has also said the state previously allowed night hunting in southern Wisconsin to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease in the state's deer herd.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)