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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.

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