Wisconsin lawmaker rips tribes' spearfishing goals

CREATED Mar 20, 2014

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The chairman of the Assembly's tourism committee says the Chippewa tribes' new record spearfishing goals are too aggressive.
   
The Chippewa have declared they want to take 63,488 walleye across northern Wisconsin this spring. The declaration could force the state to impose strict bag limits on non-tribal anglers to conserve the walleye population.
   
Republican Dean Kaufert leads the Assembly's tourism committee. He threatened to rescind a tribal grant last year because he felt the Chippewa's declaration then was too high.
   
He says the Chippewa's 2014 goals are overly aggressive and are bound to anger people if the state has to impose tight bag limits for non-tribal fishermen.
   
A Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission spokeswoman didn't immediately return a message.