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July 4th Weekend Boating Enforcement Statistics

Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Conservation Officers concluded the 2016 July 4th boating enforcement period which began Friday, July1 at 6 p.m. and ended Monday, July 4 at midnight.

Leave Young Wildlife Alone

JACKSON – With summer quickly approaching, newborn wildlife is abundant in the Magnolia State. From hatching birds and newborn squirrels, to white-tailed deer fawns, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) reminds people to leave young wildlife alone.

Memorial Day Weekend Enforcement Statistics

Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks conservation officers concluded the 2016 Memorial Day enforcement period which began Friday, May 27, at 6 p.m. and ended Monday, May 30 at midnight.

DeSoto County Man Fined $11,000 for Headlighting Deer

Donald Wayne Hensley, 49 of Hernando, was found guilty this week of five separate counts of headlighting deer in a Tunica County courtroom. Hensley was charged $11,174 in fines, sentenced to four months of house arrest, and loss of hunting privileges through 2019.

MDWFP to Pay Tribute to Fallen Conservation Officers

JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host its annual memorial ceremony on May 18 at 10 a.m. to honor and remember those Conservation Officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The annual Memorial Ceremony is open to the public and will be held at MDWFP headquarters located at 1505 Eastover Drive in Jackson.

Illegal Commercial Fishermen Arrested in George County

Conservation Officers with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently concluded a multi-day operation in George County with numerous commercial fishing violations and arrests on Black Creek. Black Creek, a popular and scenic stream in Jackson and George County, is open to recreational sport fishing but commercial fishing gear is prohibited. Commercial fishing gear such as the "slat box" seized this weekend, are commonly used to catch larger quantities of fish than recreational gear and may negatively affect other aquatic species.

2016 -2017 Hunting Season Proposals

JACKSON – At a public meeting on April 20, 2016, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved proposed rule changes for the 2016 – 2017 white-tailed deer and turkey seasons, as well as Wildlife Management Area rules changes.

Defendants Indicted in Illegal Deer Importation

JACKSON - Earlier this week, two of three defendants named in an indictment, filed in February of this year, were arraigned in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The three men named in the indictment are Coleman Virgil Slade and Dewayne Slade of Lamar County, Mississippi, and Don Durett of Stonewall County, Texas. Dewayne Slade and Don Durett were arraigned this week. Coleman Slade will be arraigned at a later date. The indictment alleges that the men violated the Lacey Act.

Conservation Officers Respond during Flood Event

JACKSON-- MDWFP Conservation Officers have worked continuously to respond to calls of assistance precipitated by recent flooding. Above normal rain events caused flooding across the State and put lives and property in jeopardy. Officers were dispatched to rescue civilians from rapidly rising floodwaters overtaking their homes and motorists displaced by the dangerously high, swift water flooding. Conservation Officers rescued 18 total people in Pearl River County alone on Sunday, March 13.

MDWFP Officers to Enforce Levee Closure

Jackson - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is reminding the public that the mainline levee from Vicksburg to Tunica is closed due to the current flooding.

MDWFP Law Enforcement to Kick Off "Stuff the Truck" Toy Drive for Children's Hospital

JACKSON— The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is asking the residents of Mississippi to give back this holiday season by helping us “Stuff the Truck” to benefit the children of Batson Children’s Hospital. The "Stuff the Truck" Toy Drive will run from November 2 through December 10, 2015.

Gov. Bryant Congratulates MDWFP LawFit Team on Winning National Competition

JACKSON – Today Governor Phil Bryant welcomed members of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' LawFit Team to the Governor's Mansion to congratulate them on winning the 2015 National LawFit Competition held last month in Olive Branch.

Mississippi and Louisiana Wildlife Officers Arrest Men for Illegal Fishing

JACKSON -- A joint investigation between the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has resulted in the arrest of three Mississippi men.


Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Conservation Officers recently rescued Jordan Taylor in a heavily wooded area ½ mile from Hebron Road in Holmes County.

MDWFP to Graduate New Conservation Officers July 8

JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a graduation ceremony for its 2015 Cadet Class on July 8 at 10 a.m. at the Livingston Performing Arts and Media Center at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. This event is open to the public.

MDWFP Conservation Officers Rescue Women

JACKSON----On Sunday morning June 7, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks (MDWFP) Conservation Officers received information that two women were missing from part of a group that began an early morning tubing trip on the Chunky River in Lauderdale County.

MDWFP Conservation Officers Rescue Man From Mississippi River

JACKSON—Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Conservation Officers rescued James D. White from the treacherous waters of the Mississippi River Friday morning.

ATV Riding in Public Streams is Illegal

JACKSON - Fisheries Biologists with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) want to remind All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) drivers that riding in streambeds can be harmful to fish habitat and fish, and may be unlawful. ATVs disturb gravel, sand, and vegetation in stream bottoms that serve as spawning areas for fish, cover for small fish, and attachment sites for insects, crawfish, and other aquatic fish food organisms.

Conservation Officers Rescue Boy from Drowning, Administer CPR

JACKSON—On May 26, 2014 at approximately 2:20 p.m., MDWFP Conservation Officers Corp. Travis McDonald and Corp. Marc McCleskey were patrolling the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in Lowndes County. As the wildlife officers passed under the Riverwalk in Columbus, McCleskey noticed three children franticly waving their hands at them. McDonald turned the boat around to evaluate the situation. One of the children informed the officers that his brother had gone under the water and had not resurfaced. While McDonald operated the boat, McCleskey removed his duty gear and entered the water in an attempt to locate the child. On the third dive, McCleskey located the child, who was unresponsive, on the bottom of the river channel. Once on the bank, McCleskey and McDonald alternated administering chest compressions; the victim began breathing. EMS arrived on the scene and assisted with transportation to Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Brandon Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Black Bear

JACKSON – On August 14, 2013, Ryan C. Murphy, 32, of Brandon pled guilty in U.S. District Court to killing a Louisiana Black Bear, a federally protected animal under the Endangered Species Act.

Yalobusha County Wild Turkey Poachers Plead Guilty

A Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks investigation led to the apprehension and conviction of three Yalobusha County residents for poaching wild turkeys. The investigation was initiated as the result of a tip provided by a concerned citizen. One subject admitted to poaching wild turkeys for the last 18 years. The three men had been poaching wild turkeys together for about 8 years. The subjects killed the wild turkeys while trespassing on private lands; they pled guilty to all counts.

John Collum Awarded 2012 SEAFWA Officer of the Year

JACKSON – Master Sergeant John Collum, of Fulton, MS, a thirteen-year veteran of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, was recently awarded the 2012 SEAFWA Officer of the Year by the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Seventeen other top officers from across the southeast region of the United States were nominated for the prestigious award, bestowed annually since 1986.

Court Date Set for Alleged Illegal Alligator Hunting

JACKSON – Two alleged illegal alligator hunters are scheduled to appear in Rankin County Justice Court on May 1, after being arrested for attempting to take an alligator without a permit on March 23.

Suspect Confesses to Killing Black Bear in Amite County

JACKSON – On December 19, 2011, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks received an anonymous phone call

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