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.