Hearing in duck blind case is Friday

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A hearing in the case between the St. Francis Lake Association and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission over the removal of duck blinds from private land is set to continue on Friday, Nov. 2.

The case regards permanent duck blinds set up on the Wildlife Management Areas of the St. Francis Sunken Lands. The AGFC had originally scheduled to remove the blinds in this area on Oct. 15. The St. Francis Lake Association has filed a lawsuit against AGFC, arguing that the removal of the blinds could violate Amendment 88 of the Arkansas Constitution, which protects hunting rights in the state.

An initial hearing was held at Crittenden County Courthouse on Oct. 10. The judge issued a temporary restraining order preventing the removal of the blinds and a continuance of the hearing, scheduled to take place at the Poinsett County Courthouse on Nov. 2.

Attorneys for the AGFC have filed a motion to dismiss the suit, arguing that Poinsett County is not the proper venue and does not have jurisdiction in the case.

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