Wednesday, January 27, 2016

SCOTUS to Hear Hunter’s Challenge NPS Water Rules

H. Sterling Burnett

In a decision that surprised many court watchers and even the lead plaintiff in the case, the Supreme Court of the United States has decided to hear a case concerning whether an elderly Alaskan hunter, John Sturgeon, can use his hovercraft to hunt along Yukon River tributaries within a national preserve.

In 2007, Sturgeon and several friends were on their annual moose-hunting trip, a trip Sturgeon had taken every year since 1971, when his hovercraft broke down. As Sturgeon was on a gravel bar trying to repair the craft, armed National Park Service (NPS) enforcement agents arrived and informed Sturgeon the use of hovercrafts was illegal on waters inside Alaska’s Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve......

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