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• WAAWAASHKESHI • Whitetail numbers on upswing in Ceded Territory Hunting opportunities include Minnesota State Parks Seeing is believing. Through late spring into high summer, does with fawnsintowmadefrequentappearances along roadsides and field edges. Seem- ingly absent from many highways over the last few years, vehicle-killed deer are again keeping scavengers and road crews busy. Consecutive mild winters and lower deer kill totals during recent hunting seasons has resulted in more whitetails on the landscape. “Reduced harvests during state seasons by limiting antlerless tag avail- ability coupled with good overwinter conditions has numbers continuing to rise,” said Nick McCann, GLIFWC Wildlife Biologist. Fortreatyhunters,theCededTerri- tory contains some of the best whitetail hunting on Turtle Island. Ceded lands are often synonymous with the “north- woods” moniker, but agriculture has a major presence in and around county, stateandfederalwoodlandswheretribal members hunt.While private land hunt- ing is restricted in most areas outside the Michigan 1836 Territory, forests near row crops and hay fields often support higher deer densities than large, contiguous forests. Managed forests also produce nutritious browse through rotational timber harvests that maintain mixed-age stands. In the Minnesota 1837 Territory, McCann said special hunts in state parks provide a unique option for tribal members.Forthefirsttimesince2012,a weekenddeerhuntreturnstoWildRiver StatePark,whichsnakesalong18-miles of the St. Croix River only 45 minutes from the Twin Cities Metro area. “Many state parks in Minnesota haveveryhighdeerdensities,”McCann said.“Withthatcomesanoverconsump- tionofplants,sothesehuntsbothprovide a good opportunity at venison and help provide relief for vegetation, giving plants a chance to recover.” In addition to Wild River, limited hunts open to both treaty and state- licensed hunters are scheduled for Ban- ning, Crow Wing, and St. Croix State parks. One of St. Croix’s two hunts is restrictedtomuzzleloadersonly,andthe lone Crow Wing State Park hunt is also just for “smokepoles.” AttheJuly28VoigtIntertribalTask ForcemeetinginCarlton,Minn.,Fonddu LacandMilleLacsBandresourcesman- agersdiscussedharvestdeclarations.For details on specific hunts contact your tribal natural resource department. Q&A: Deer night hunting in the WI Ceded Territory When can tribal members go deer night hunting? For the Wisconsin Ceded Territories, the deer night hunting season starts on November 1, 2016, and ends on January 2, 2017, but there’s a break November 19-27, 2017. No night deer hunting is allowed during the state gun season for deer. Deer night hunting hours begin one hour after sunset and end one hour before sunrise.Hunterscanoccupynighthuntinglocationsoutsideofnighthuntinghours, but must not be in possession of a loaded firearm, have a bolt in a crossbow or possess a bow with a notched arrow. Who is eligible to receive a night hunting permit? For the Wisconsin Ceded Territories, only those tribal members of the fol- lowing tribes (tribes who have duly enacted the Night Hunting Regulation as of the time of publication): Red Cliff, Bad River, Lac du Flambeau, St. Croix, Lac Courte Oreilles and Sokaogon Bands. For members of other bands, contact your Tribal Conservation Department to check if your tribe has enacted the regu- lations. Can youth participate in the deer night hunt? Yes. Tribal members 16 years old or older can participate in the night deer hunt if they are certified (see question on hunter safety education requirements below). Tribal members under 16 years old must be supervised by a tribal member parent or adult tribal member designated by the parent or guardian (see the tribal mentored hunting regulations) while deer night hunting. Both the parent or mentor and the mentored hunter are required to have successfully completed Advanced Hunter Safety Course and passed a Marksmanship Proficiency Test using the type of bow, crossbow or firearm they will use for the mentored hunt. What are the hunter safety education requirements for deer night hunting? Hunter Education certification is generally required for hunters born after January 1, 1977. Additionally, for deer night hunting, successful completion of Advanced Hunters Safety Course and the Marksmanship Proficiency Test is required. The Marksmanship Proficiency Test takes place at night. Hunters are required to score 80% or better (8 out of 10 shots) within a 6¼ inch inner circle using type of cross bow, bow or caliber-weapon they will use for night hunting. Dates and locations for theAdvanced Hunter Safety Certification and Marks- manship Proficiency Test are forthcoming. Stay tuned at www.glifwc.org and GLIFWC’s Facebook page for more information. If I took Advanced Hunter Safety and passed the Marksmanship Proficiency Test last year, do I need to take it again? No. Hunters who received their Advanced Hunter Safety Certification and passed the Marksmanship Proficiency Test in 2015 and 2016 can apply for night hunting permits this year. Anyone who received certification before 2015 will be required to retake the Advanced Hunter Safety Certification course and the Marksmanship Proficiency Test before receiving a deer night hunting permit. How can I get a permit to night hunt deer? Tribal members who are eligible to hunt deer at night (see above), must take the following steps in order to get a night hunting permit: 1. The member must visit the area during the day sometime after September 5, 2016, and before January 2, 2017. 2. The member must complete and sign a Shooting Plan (see Tribal Night Hunt Shooting Plan, page 17). 3. Some shooting plans require inspection and preapproval by a Com- mission warden or Tribal Conservation Department. All shooting plans that include disabled, stationary vehicle or ground stands must be pre- approved. Additionally, shooting plans that include elevated stands less than 10 feet high, or where hunters intend to shoot farther than 50 yards in distance from an elevated stands, must be preapproved. If you need preapproval, bring your completed shooting plan to the Tribal Conserva- tion Department and staff will contact a warden to conduct a site visit. If the shooting plan meets all requirements, the warden will sign off on it. The member is responsible for submitting the shooting plan to the registration station. 4. All shooting plans must be submitted to the registration station. Each shooting plan is checked to make sure it’s not too close to any other deer night hunting locations and that there’s only one active shooting plan per location. This check can take at least one business day. 5. In order to receive a deer night hunting permit, tribal members must bring their tribal ID, Advanced Hunter Certification and Marksmanship Profi- ciency certificate and shooting plan to the registration station. Can I shoot from my vehicle? Members who qualify for disabled hunting permits can shoot from their vehicle, however only one shooting plan at a time is issued with disabled hunting permits.Additionally, vehicles must be stationary while firearms are loaded, have a bolt in a crossbow or possess a bow with a notched arrow. By Charlie Otto Rasmussen Staff Writer (see Waawaashkeshi night hunting, page 17) Waawaashkeshiwag. (©Linda Freshwaters Arndt photography.) Waawaashkeshi night hunt GLIFWC authorities are anticipating increased participation in tribal deer night hunting in the Wisconsin Ceded Territory this fall.After a quiet inaugural season in 2015, it won’t take a lot to bump up hunter and harvest numbers. Amarathon of advanced hunter education classes led by Sokaogon’s Chris McGeshick last fall, plus a challenging nighttime shooting course supervised by GLIFWC enforcement officers, produced 31 qualified night hunters. From that group, two tribal members shot one deer apiece. Enforcement officers reported no problems associated with the hunt. Compiled by Phoebe Kebec, GLIFWC Policy Analyst Ceded Territory waawaashkeshi seasons Michigan 1836: Sept 6 through January 8, 2017 Minnesota 1837: Sept 6 through December 31 Wisconsin&Michigan1837,1842:Sept6throughJanuary8,2017 PAGE 9 MAZINA’IGAN FALL 2016