Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24• PARTNERS/NIGHT HUNT • 2016 Partners in Fishing Nearly a quarter century after a handful of northern Wisconsin fisheries managers got together for some laid back angling, Partners in Fishing continues to expand. Over one hundred participants gathered at the Chippewa Flowage on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation June 8 for the 24th rendition of the event that brings together tribal, federal and state representatives. The Partners welcomed a new addition this year—Trout Unlimited—a conservation organization dedicated to high water quality and fisheries habitat. Regional Trout Unlimited Officer Bob Rice (inset) fished with a fly rod during the afternoon, landing a number of species including this northern pike. Special guests from the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XXXI championship team joined the Partners again this year and stressed the importance of teamwork to accomplish mutual goals. (CO Rasmussen photos) Read about the Wisconsin ogaa Ceded Territory research of the “Partners” or Joint AssessmentSteeringCommit- tions/pdf/FisheryStatus2013. pdf. Is my shooting plan from last year still good? No. You’re required to visit the area you want to hunt at night at least one time during the day after Labor Day before submitting your shooting plan. Even if you’re using the same location, you need to submit a new shooting plan each year. What is the purpose of the shooting plan? The shooting plan is a visual depiction of the safety features of a particular location, designated for deer night hunting. The shooting plan should be carried with the hunter and used to locate the “safe zone of fire” or area where the hunter’s weapon may be safely discharged in the “intended direction of fire.” Temporary markers, like reflective ribbon tied to branches, can also be placed within the area to remind the hunter about the safety features of the night hunting location. If I am walking toward my shooting plan area and see a deer, can I shoot it? Not at night. During the nighttime deer hunting season, members can only discharge their weapons from a stationary location within the “safe zone of fire” described in the shooting plan, and going in the direction indicated in the shoot- ing plan. If a member wounds a deer, the deer can only be dispatched by a weapon if the member and the deer are still within the “safe zone of fire” and the weapon will be fired in the “intended direction of fire.” If the deer is outside of the “safe zone of fire,” the member can use another means to dispatch the wounded animal (such as a knife). Otherwise, the member must wait until daytime hunting hours to dispatch the wounded deer. Unless you arrive at your location during daylight hours, you must illuminate the entire safe zone of fire and adequate backstop area prior to hunting. Is there any special equipment required for night hunting? Yes.Alight is required for night hunting, and it should be a white light. Lights can be hand-held, headlamps or lights affixed to the weapon. Only soft or expand- ing types of bullets are allowed. Members may only use the type of weapon he or she qualified with during the Marksmanship Proficiency course. Waawaashkeshi night hunting in the WI Ceded Territory (continued from page 9) To prepare your Shooting Plan, you should draw a diagram of your site on the Plan (you may also attach other maps or aerial photos if you wish, but please make sure to draw a diagram of the site). On the diagram you must clearly show: 1. The “Safe Zone of Fire” (that is, the area in which you may safely discharge your weapon); 2. The stationary position from which you will hunt; 3. The “Adequate Backstop,” which means: earthen terrain that will stop discharged projectiles under hunting circumstances, considering a reasonable margin of error. The maximum distance that an adequate backstop should be from your established stationary position at night is 125 yards; 4. The direction of intended fire; 5. Any of the following that appear within ¼ of a mile: a. The grounds of a school, plus 1,000 feet in all directions; b. School forest, public landfill, or public gravel pits where hunting is prohibited and where notice of the prohibition is clearly posted; c. Road; d. Residence, building or dwelling; e. Designated public campgrounds, public beaches, or public picnic area; f. Lake or waterbody; g. ATV trail, snowmobile trail, or other designated trails (such as hiking, biking, or cross country ski trail); h. Open area; i. Private property; j. All closed portions of state parks as described in the Tribal State Park Hunting Opportunities in the Wisconsin portion of the 1837 and 1842 Ceded Territories document; k. Another tribal shooting plan area; l. Any other area as determined by the tribal conservation depart- ment. For a copy of the shooting plan go to: ShootingPlan_v23Nov15.pdf. Tribal night hunt Shooting Plan Find us on Facebook! PAGE 17 MAZINA’IGAN FALL 2016