Last Friday, Circuit Judge Randy Philhours dismissed a lawsuit brought against the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission by the St. Francis Lake Association that challenged the rule banning permanent duck blinds on Wildlife Management Areas.
Judge Philhours ruled that the lawsuit was filed in the wrong venue and said that the suit should have been filed in Pulaski County.
The permanent blinds on WMAs such as St. Francis Sunken Lands in Poinsett County have been allowed to remain since AGFC bought the land in the 1950s, but the AGFC amended its regulations in August so that permanent duck blinds and the practice of leaving decoys out overnight are no longer allowed. This rule affects the St. Francis Sunken Lands, Big Lake and Dave Donaldson Black River WMAs. These regulations are in effect for the 2012-2013 waterfowl season.
The AGFC has said that any person found in a permanent blind on a WMA in possession of hunting gear or equipment during the hunting season or anyone leaving waterfowl decoys out overnight will be considered in violation.