Yalobusha County wild turkey poachers plead guilty

By Press Release

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.

Jeffery C. Reeves pled guilty to hunting wild turkeys during the closed season, hunting from a public road, and killing 10 wild turkey hens. Total fines and assessments were $2,028. In addition, Reeves was sentenced to 60 days in jail with 50 days suspended. Reeves will serve 10 days in county jail.

Randall A. Byford pled guilty to hunting wild turkeys during the closed season and possession of wild turkeys taken unlawfully. Total fines and assessments were $1,027. In addition, Byford was sentenced to 60 days in jail with 50 days suspended. Byford will serve 10 days in county jail.

Anthony C. Davis pled guilty to hunting wild turkeys during the closed season. Total fines and assessments were $676. In addition, Davis was sentenced to 60 days in jail with 50 days suspended. Davis will serve 10 days in county jail.