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  1. Wisconsin lawmaker rips tribes' spearfishing goals

    Wisconsin's Chippewa bands want to spear too many walleyes again this spring and risk re-igniting tensions if state officials adopt tight bag limits for non-tribal anglers, the state Assembly's tourism chairman warned Thursday.

    • Mar. 21, 2014
  2. Wisconsin Chippewa want to spear 63,000 walleye

    Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes say they’re looking to spear a record number of walleyes across the northern part of the state this spring, a goal that could lead to tighter bag limits on non-tribal anglers and rekindle tensions with tourism-minded lawmakers.

    • Mar. 19, 2014
  3. Board approves DNR request to explore walleye management options

    The Department of Natural Resources has been granted authority today from the state Natural Resources Board to explore alternative methods for managing walleye in the Ceded Territory, covering roughly the northern third of the state. The scope statement went before the board today in a special meeting due to changes in the board's meeting schedule that went into effect this January.

    • Mar. 19, 2014
  4. DNR preps for spearfishing rules

    Wildlife officials are looking for more flexibility to preserve Wisconsin’s walleye population after the state’s Chippewa tribes dramatically increased their spearfishing harvest goals last year.

    • Mar. 12, 2014
  5. Stepp responds to State of the Tribes Address

    Today, in the State of the Tribes Address delivered to the Wisconsin State Legislature, specific reference was given to the Department of Natural Resources in connection to the recent tribal spearfishing declarations for walleye in northern Wisconsin and the statement the DNR previously issued in response to the declarations.

    • Apr. 10, 2013
  6. Gordon Thayer, chairman of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, delivers the State of the Tribes address Tuesday in the Assembly chambers of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. AP

    Chippewa leader slams DNR 'propaganda,' mining legislation in tribal address

    A Chippewa leader took Wisconsin officials to task Tuesday in the annual State of the Tribes address.

    • Apr. 10, 2013
  7. Sen. Tim Cullen

    Kaufert's spearfishing stance draws ire

    A Democratic state senator blasted a Republican colleague for threatening to reconsider a grant for a Wisconsin Chippewa tribe after the band announced it dramatically increased its walleye spearfishing goals, saying he has an '1800s mentality.'

    • Mar. 29, 2013
  8. Tribal head: Lawmaker overreacting to spearing limits

    The president of the Lac Du Flambeau Tribe says a Wisconsin lawmaker is overreacting by threatening to reconsider a state grant for a Native American cultural center.

    • Mar. 27, 2013
  9. Lawmaker: Lac du Flambeau grant may be reconsidered due to spearing increase

    A Wisconsin lawmaker says he may push to reconsider a $250,000 state grant for a Lac du Flambeau cultural center after it and other Chippewa bands dramatically raised their planned walleye take.

    • Mar. 26, 2013
  10. Spearfishing through the ice can be more efficient than casting or row-trolling, but still requires long waits for fish to swim by. Patrick Durkin/For

    Patrick Durkin column: Facts trump fears after Lac du Flambeau spearfishing tourney

    While walking into Dan Folz's DNR office in Oshkosh many Februarys ago, I heard the veteran biologist explain why warm weather and weak ice wouldn't cause the Department of Natural Resources to cancel Lake Winnebago's sturgeon spearing season.

    • Mar. 23, 2013
  11. Tribal member Lyle Chapman, 15, spears a walleye April 2011 from the lake of Turtle Flambeau Flowage near Mercer. Daily Herald Media file photo

    Tribes plan surge in spearfishing

    The state Department of Natural Resources and the Chippewa tribes in northern Wisconsin are locking horns again, this time over the tribes' plan to dramatically increase the number of walleye harvested this spring.

    • Mar. 20, 2013
  12. Update: DNR, Chippewa tribes locking horns again

    The state Department of Natural Resources and the Chippewa tribes in northern Wisconsin are locking horns again, this time over the tribes' plan to dramatically increase the number of walleye harvested this spring.

    • Mar. 19, 2013
  13. Wisconsin Chippewa declare near-record walleye spearing

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

    • Mar. 19, 2013
  14. Column: Stepp stands strong on Lac du Flambeau walleye agreement

    Wisconsin's strong walleye fishery and the tourism it produces are very important in Northern Wisconsin. As Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, sustaining our fishery is foremost in my priorities when I negotiate annual Tribal harvests.

    • Mar. 19, 2012

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