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Federal judge blocks night deer hunt for WI Chippewa tribes


MADISON (WKOW) -- A federal judge has blocked Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes from hunting deer at night for at least the next two weeks.

According to the Associated Press, the State Department of natural Resources attorney, Quinn Williams, says U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb made the decision during a telephone conference with state and tribal attorneys Wednesday.

Crabb ruled the state can enforce its ban on hunting deer after dark on tribal members until she holds a hearing on the issue on December 12th.

The commission overseeing the Chippewa's off-reservation rights authorized tribal hunters to kill deer at night beginning this past Monday.  The move set off a legal battle with the DNR, which has long banned night deer hunting out of safety concerns.

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