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Chippewa night deer hunt off to slow start in northern Wisconsin


MADISON, Wisconsin — The Wisconsin Chippewa's tribal night deer hunt is off to a slow start.

A federal judge in Madison last month authorized tribal night hunting across much of northern Wisconsin. Tribal hunters must take advanced safety courses, pass a marksmanship test and submit shooting plans to take to the woods after dark.

Sunday night was the first night of the two-month season. Sue Erickson, a spokeswoman for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, which oversees the tribes' off-reservation treaty rights, says one hunter ventured out in Douglas County and killed a doe.

She says only one other hunter has developed a shooting plan so far. About 30 people have completed the safety course and passed the marksmanship test but haven't had their shooting plans approved yet.

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