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Tribal members describe spearfishing
Tribal members describe spearfishing: On the anniversary of the date giving tribal members rights to spear fish in Wisconsin, we show you how it's done. Daily Herald reporter Jeff Starck and photographer Xai Kha traveled to Lac du Flambeau...

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MILWAUKEE — Chippewa tribes in northern Wisconsin intend to spear a near-record number of walleyes during the annual spring harvest.

Department of Natural Resources officials say the six tribes declared their intentions to spear 59,399 walleyes in off-reservation lakes.

After calculating the potential impact to the lakes, the DNR said Monday the sport bag limits would be reduced to one fish on 197 lakes, two fish on 331 lakes and three fish on seven lakes.

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The standard daily sport bag limit on Wisconsin waters is five walleyes.

The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/ZohlSb ) reports the DNR acknowledges the Chippewa tribes are acting lawfully within their treaty rights. But DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says this year's "drastic increase in lakes named at a one-walleye bag limit is significant, unprecedented, and a challenge to long-standing partnerships."

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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