Chippewa night hunt to begin this evening

CREATED Nov. 26, 2012

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Nearly 75 Chippewa tribal hunters have qualified to hunt deer at night.
  
The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission last week authorized Chippewa tribal hunters to go after deer in the dark across northern Wisconsin. Hunters must obtain a marksmanship proficiency rating from their respective tribes before they can go out. Commission spokeswoman Sue Erickson says 74 hunters from five tribes have qualified.
  
The tribes plan to open night hunting about an hour after sunset Monday evening.
  
The state Department of Natural Resources has asked a federal judge to block the night hunt. The agency says it's too dangerous. Erickson says the tribes plan to file a reply Monday arguing the state allows wolf hunters to hunt after dark.