Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...

Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...
Stories of my hunting experiences with family, friends or whatever else I want to blog about.

A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter

Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.

Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Man Guilty Of Killing Black Bear

Louisiana Black Bear

Recently, a Brandon, MS, man pleaded guilty to killing a Louisiana Black Bear while bow hunting last year in Issaquena County.

Ryan C. Murphy, 32, pled guilty in U. S. District Court on August 14 to killing the bear, a federally protected animal under the Endangered Species Act.

Murphy killed the bear with a bow in the largely rural Delta county on November 16.

U. S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball ordered Murphy to pay a fine of $10,000, $10,000 in restitution to the state and $5,00 to the BEaR Group of Mississippi, a non-profit organization that focuses on black bear conservation, research and education efforts in Mississippi.

He was also sentenced to two years of probation and prohibited from hunting anything for two years.

His bow was forfeited as part of the sentence.

Investigators with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service handled the case.

MDWFP Chief of Law Enforcement Col. Steve Adcock said in a statement the killing of Louisiana Black Bears is serious offense.

"We take robbing the wildlife resources of Mississippi very seriously and will investigate and vigorously pursue the prosecution of any individual who violates laws designed to protect these resources," he said.

The bear was killed near Mayersville, which is about 10 miles west of Rolling Fork, near the Mississippi River.

In 2002, the MDWFP created the Black Bear Program to boost the species' number in the state.  In 10 years, the number of Louisiana black bears in the state went from fewer then 50 to 150 today.

The MDWFP website points to an increase in female black bears, which has led to the births of dozen of cubs in the last 10 years.  Before the program began, a black bear birth had not been documented in Mississippi since the early 1960s. ~ by Matt Stuart  matt.stuart

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