Professor Emeritus, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Mississippi State University
Prior to serving on the faculty at Mississippi State, he retired in 2001 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, where he served as National Program Leader for Wildlife and Recreational Fisheries for 23 years, before that he worked as a Wildlife Management Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. in 1978-79. Prior to coming to D.C. with USFWS, he served as State Extension Forester and Wildlife Specialist for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service from 1967 to 1978. An Alabama native, Jim went to college at several Universities in Alabama, and to graduate school at the University of Florida, where he studied bobwhite quail. The year 2013 marks his 68th year of hunting, which began with a Daisy red Ryder BB gun in 1945. Jim has hunted game animals, with wild turkeys being his favorite species, throughout most of North America, and in several other countries including South Africa in 2012. He has taken turkey gobblers in 41 U.S. States and in Mexico. He is an avid bow hunter, upland game hunter, firearms collector, and has owned several hunting dogs from beagles to pointing dogs. He has been married to his wife Doris, for over 50 years and they have two sons and a 14-year old grandson who killed his first spring gobbler in 2011 and is another of his favorite hunting companions. A wildlife manager, administrator, and educator for more than 48 years, he continues to actively contribute to the profession, consult with others and work on their own small farm which they manage in north Alabama for trees and wildlife. Jim is a Life member of the Wildlife Management Institute and the National Wild Turkey Federation, an Associate member of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and an Honorary Member, and Fellow of The Wildlife Society. He served The Wildlife Society (TWS) as a state Chapter President for two different Chapters, was elected and served two terms as Southeastern Section Representative to TWS Council, was later elected as a TWS Officer for 4 years and served as President of the Society in 1998-99. He has been a member of TWS since 1963, a Certified Wildlife Biologist (CWB) since 1979, and in 2007 was the recipient of the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award presented by TWS.