DULUTH -- The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is planning to host an off-reservation moose hunt across a large portion of northeast Minnesota, despite the state's objections.

The band posted a notice on its website that says the hunt will begin Saturday and continue through the end of the year, or until 25 bull moose are killed.

The notice says the band reached its decision after carefully considering biological data that shows the moose herd population has stabilized in recent years.

The newspaper couldn't reach Fond du Lac Chairman Kevin DuPuis for comment.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife population and regulation manager Steve Merchant said the department asked the band to reconsider, but acknowledged that they have the right to hunt in the area.