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MADISON, Wisconsin — Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes will get a chance next month to tell a federal appeals court why members should be allowed to hunt deer at night.

State officials have long banned night hunts out of safety concerns. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled in the early 1990s that the ban applies to Chippewa hunters.

The tribes asked Crabb in 2012 to reconsider her decision but she refused. The Chippewa have since asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to allow tribal night hunts, arguing night hunting has become more common and the state can't argue it's unsafe.

The court has set oral arguments for Sept. 16. The tribes and state attorneys will each get 20 minutes to speak. It's not clear when the court might rule.

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