South Dakota commission upholds nonresident duck licenses

MOBRDIGE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Game, Fish and Parks Commission has rejected a request by two hunting groups to restrict the area in which out-of-state residents can hunt waterfowl.

The South Dakota Wildlife Federation and the South Dakota Waterfowl Association had asked the commission to invalidate 2,000 three-day nonresident licenses. The groups maintain Legislature-approved expansions of hunting territory for nonresidents encroach on residents' hunting rights.

The Argus Leader reports the commission voted 7-0 Thursday to leave the legislative changes in place. The commission's attorney advised the group that it didn't have the authority to override state lawmakers and the governor.

The issue of extending waterfowl hunting rights to out-of-staters has been contentious for years. Wildlife Federation Vice President George Vandel says the groups brought the petition to draw attention to the issue.

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