Scott County Hunters Plead Guilty, Sentenced For Hunting Doves Over Baited Field

With Dove Season Opening Soon, Prosecutions Should Serve as a Reminder to Obey All Laws

 

From:  News Release   8/31/18   GCN

 

Jackson, Miss. – Eleven hunters pled guilty last week before U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda Anderson to federal charges of hunting mourning dove over a baited field in Scott County last September, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst.

 

On September 2, 2017, agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found eleven men hunting mourning dove over a field in Scott County, Mississippi, that had been baited with cracked corn, millet and rice. The field had been under surveillance after having been previously identified as illegally baited for purposes of hunting mourning dove.

 

The following individuals pled guilty to hunting over a baited field: Richard Carl Boozer, 38, of Morton; George Mitchell Davis, 38, of Brandon; James Nicholas Davis, 34, of Forest; Dink Rainey Gibson IV, 38, of Morton; John Nick Harrison, 34, of Brandon; Mark Edward Holifield, 52, of Raleigh; Michael L. Parks, 61, of Brandon; Hiram Luther Richardson, 35, of Morton; Justin Cochran Russell, 37, of Forest; Preston Lamar Woods, 38, of Forest; and Roger Douglas Woods, 65, of Forest. They were each sentenced to a one year term of probation, during which time they forfeit their right to hunt anywhere in the world, and a $600 fine.

 

Additionally, Dink Rainey Gibson IV pled guilty to illegally placing the bait on the field and was ordered to pay an additional fine of $2,400 and serve two years of probation. Justin Cochran Russell pled guilty to hunting without a license and was ordered to pay an additional $600 fine. Richard Carl Boozer pled guilty to hunting migratory birds with a shotgun capable of holding more than three shotgun shells and was sentenced to pay an additional $600 fine.

 

All eleven defendants were charged under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a federal law that regulates the hunting of migratory birds. Hunting over a baited field carries a maximum possible sentence of up to six months in prison and up to a $15,000 fine. Placement of bait carries a maximum possible sentence of up to one year in prison and up to a $100,000 fine.

 

The case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dave Fulcher.