Judge tosses suit challenging Ark. duck blind rule

MARKED TREE (AP) - A Poinsett County judge has thrown out a lawsuit challenging a state rule that bans permanent duck blinds on Wildlife Management Area lands.

Circuit Judge Randy Philhours ruled Friday that a lawsuit by St. Francis Lake Association was filed in the wrong venue, so he dismissed the court action.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission set a new rule in August that bans leaving decoys overnight and use of permanent duck blinds on Big Lake, St. Francis Sunken Lands, and Dave Donaldson Black River wildlife management areas.

Duck season begins Saturday and the agency cautioned hunters that anyone found in a permanent blind on a wildlife management area while possessing hunting gear will be considered in violation. The same goes for anyone who leaves decoys out overnight.

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