JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Nearly a dozen Mississippi men have pleaded guilty to hunting using baited fields. All have been banned from hunting for a year, fined up to $1,200 and been placed on probation for up to one year.
All the men pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Jackson. They are: 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.
Prosecutors said the hunting happened in September 2017 in Scott County.
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says it is illegal to hunt or trap wild birds with the aid of bait.
The agency said good dove hunting often happens where grain and other feed is distributed during normal farming activities. But a hunter cannot scatter grain or other feed once it has been removed from or stored on the field where it was grown.