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7th Circuit sets oral arguments in Ojibwe night hunting lawsuit






Off-reservation deer hunting zones in Wisconsin. Image from Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments in an Ojibwe night hunting case in Wisconsin.

Tribal members want to exercise their treaty rights by hunting deer at night on ceded lands. They are trying to overturn a state ban, noting that the state allowed night hunting of wolves, a sacred animal.

Judge Barbara Crabb rejected the tribes' request, pointing to a 1991 ruling in the case. The tribes hope the 7th Circuit will allow them to revisit the issue due to changed circumstances.

The hearing takes place September 16. Turtle Talk has posted documents from the case, Lac Courte Oreilles Band v. Wisconsin.

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