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BUCKNER v. DUFRESNE AND O'CONNOR. Court Records; 1941-1942. .25 cu. ft.

The case of Buckner v. Dufresne, in the Alaskan courts, resulted from a dispute between General Simon Bolivar Buckner, Commanding General of the U. S. Army in Alaska, and Frank Dufresne, Executive Officer of the Alaska Game Commission, and Jack O'Connor, Licensing Officer of the Alaska Game Commission, at Anchorage, Alaska. It was caused by the refusal of Jack O'Connor and Frank Dufresne to grant a resident hunting license to General Buckner who wanted it for sport hunting. Dufresne and O'Connor based their refusal on the grounds that Buckner was in the military, and therefore, in their opinion, did not meet residence requirements. Buckner eventually got his resident's hunting license. The case is significant because it indirectly raised serious questions over sport hunting vs. subsistence hunting in Alaska, and because it led indirectly to a re-examination of Alaskan hunting laws. As a result of this case, the game laws were changed in 1943 to allow soldiers who had lived in Alaska one year to obtain resident hunting licenses.

The collection consists of copies of court documents from the case of Buckner vs. Dufresne and O'Connor in the U.S. District Court for the Territory of Alaska.

The collection was presented to the Archives by Morgan Sherwood in 1986.