MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

The Chippewa tribes' night deer hunt starts Monday but no one has asked for a permit yet.

The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission last week authorized Chippewa tribal hunters to go after deer in the dark across northern Wisconsin. Night hunting is scheduled to begin about an hour after sunset Monday evening.

Commission spokeswoman Sue Erickson 74 hunters have obtained a marksmanship proficiency rating from their respective tribes, qualifying them for permits. But she says no one had requested one as of late Monday afternoon.

The state Department of Natural Resources has asked a federal judge to block the night hunt, saying it's too dangerous. Erickson says the tribes plan to file a reply Monday arguing the state allows wolf hunters to hunt after dark.

 

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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.