Night Hunting Approved for Wisconsin Tribes

The courts have decided that the tribes of Northern Wisconsin can shine deer and harvest them at night.


The night season starts November 1, takes a break for the regular nine day gun season, then restarts and runs to the first week of January.

Thankfully only about 200 tribal members are actually interested in shining deer.


It’s just like when their ancestors drove around in pickups at night with high-powered rifles and spotlights.

23 Comments on Night Hunting Approved for Wisconsin Tribes

  1. We Southerners know a lot about the verb, “shine” and the noun shine. There is an imperative truth that one should not “shine” in close proximity to a location where shine is being produced. If you innocently approach such a location and you hear a loud boom followed by leaves and acorns falling upon you, it is wise to get the hell out of there.

  2. When i was in Alaska in the 80’s…the ‘natives’ argued that they should be able to take all the caribou and salmon they wanted…as did their forefathers.

    Using the snowmobiles and high powered rifles they were re-enacting their ancestry….BS

    Jet boats running up and down the river setting their nets….just like grandpa did…more BS

    i say okay…but do it the ‘old’ way

  3. Michigan should follow their lead, and expand it to the entire state and all hunters – – dear are the rats of the country roads. They are arguably the major cause of automobile accidents and insurance claims.

  4. Drive up around Thompson Falls, Montana early in the morning like I do on Monday mornings on my way to Kalispell, the damned things are everywhere along the road, on the highway, crossing right in front of me trying to kill me and to make matters worse between Thompson Falls and Plains, Mt 25 miles away you have to slow down to 55 mph so you don’t hit any mountain sheep alongside the Clark Fork River, the sign says 425 of them have been killed in that area. Deer are everywhere up there, I saw a rather nice large buck with good sized antlers the other morning inside the Thompson Falls city limits as I was heading out of town.

  5. I lived in Price County, WI for five years as an adult. Went up every year when I was a kid with grandfather & uncles in deer season. The Lac du Flambeau Chippewas & the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe can take all the massively overpopulated deer they want anytime they want. At best the deer herds are dangerous, noxious pests that easily outnumber the human population. At worst, a heartbreaking sight as they starve to death in the Lake Superior winters. Meat on the table & hides for tourist buckskins.

    That said I don’t want to to be anywhere near the woods when a bunch of drunk indians with big caliber rifles are trashing about on 4 wheelers. The drunk white city dweller “hunters” that come up in deer season are bad enough. Ask we why I don’t hunt anymore.

  6. If roadkill was legal; I’d have a full freezer, having hit and killed 2 deer in the past 3 or 4 years and being tagged by a moose coming out of nowhere North of Sandpoint, Id. on a pitch black night. I never even saw it, it came out of nowhere and fortunately for me he ran into my passenger door on my work van when I was driving at 60 mph leaving a huge dent, and lots of blood and fur clinging to the side of the van. If that moose had been just a little faster I might not be here because I would’ve hit it dead center.

  7. The current deer population in Northern Wisconsin is the lowest I have seen in my 56 years, The majority of the state’s herd is south of HWY 8 and the landscape is littered with dwellings. So they will not have much success for long. Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s we spent many a night chasing the scoundrels down logging roads when they ventured off the rez and started shooting up the woods around our place at night illegally. Law was too few and far between, so we handled it ourselves. Times are different now and after the spearing fiascos folks aren’t going to take kindly to poaching at night. Shining a deer that thinks it is not visible at night is poaching. Period.

  8. Deer eyes are green under artificial light at night. I have a small herd of does that graze on a hill side at my office. Sometimes I have to go there in the middle of the night.

    Those girls know my truck, and they know me. Taking the flashlight, I can walk among them and they don’t care. If I get within 10 feet, they’ll shuffle off. They don’t run.

    Sometimes I’ll turn off the light and just sit down and be still. In ten minutes they are pulling grass out from under my boots. I can smell their breath.

    Times like that, dang, makes my heart swell.

  9. one can do 100 mph on the reservations near me and never hit a deer, day or night.

    all poached out. However, drive around my neighborhood any time and you wont have enough fingers and toes to count them.

  10. That happened in my County.

    There’s a new book out about it titled “The Deer Hunter Killer” or something like that. I saw it advertised in the local paper.

    I remember the tag line – “Shot 8 killed 6.”

    You can imagine I am not real pleased with the prospect of strangers running around the countryside in the middle with loaded rifles. I just hope no bad guys get any ideas on using the shine season as an excuse to home invade.

  11. We have coon hunters who hunt at night here in the Ozarks. But if you just shine a spotlight at a deer, any firearms in your possession will be confiscated, Injun or not.

    I am against night hunting. Plenty of deer to be had in the daylight hours. And you should always be able to see your backstop anyway, standard safety common sense.

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