Mississippi Outdoor Hall of Fame inducts class of 2024

The Board of Directors of the Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Foundation have announced the 2024 Outdoor Hall of Fame inductees. The six honorees were celebrated with an induction ceremony on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at the Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Museum in downtown Leland.

This year’s honorees are:

Billy Deviney – Raymond, MS

Billy was a longtime commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks. Under his tenure, much progress was made by the Commission managing the state’s vast natural resources. He is a life-long hunter, conservationist, and habitat manager. Billy is also a passionate turkey hunter who has chased gobblers across many U.S. states.

Bob Dixon – West Point, MS

Bob was introduced to the great outdoor at an early age by his father. As he grew older, he became a passionate turkey hunter and excellent turkey caller, winning several turkey-calling championships over the years. He was asked to share his expertise on many of the Primos “The Truth” turkey hunting videos, and was in the first group of employees Toxey Haas hired at Mossy Oak. Bob was featured on many Mossy Oak turkey hunting videos. He was well respected and nationally known member of the outdoor industry.

Mike Giles – Meridian, MS

Mike is a BASS PRO SHOP prostaff angler, as well as an accomplished outdoorsman and an award-winning outdoor photographer and writer. He has won many prestigious bass tournaments competing in a variety of circuits. Mike wears many hats in the outdoor world and wears them all well. His Casting for Kids program has been enjoyed by thousands of young anglers at outdoor shows all over the Southeastern U.S.

Jim Humber – Clarksdale, MS

Jim grew up in sight of the Mississippi River Levee, which is one of the best hunting and fishing areas in the country. He is a lifelong hunter and fisherman who never wandered off the trail that he started as a young boy when first introduced to the great outdoors. Over the course of a long hunting career, Jim has hunted all over the world. He still enjoys squirrel hunting in the woods of the Mississippi Delta where he first learned to love the outdoors.

Sid Law – Chatham, MS

Sid was an expert marksman who won several state rifle and pistol shooting championships. He was awarded the Distinguished Rifleman’s Badge from the U.S. Army, which is the highest shooting award a civilian can receive. Sid was an excellent waterfowl hunter teaching many younger hunters how to duck hunt. He was also a modern day Misissippi River explorer who enjoyed leading river expeditions and teaching others about the allure and history of the mighty Mississippi River.

Mark McPhail – Collinsville, MS

Mark is an avid turkey hunter, call collector and award-winning call maker. One of his many honors includes winning the prestigious Grand National call maker competition with his famous scratch box call. Mark has harvested a gobbler fo 54 consecutive years, and still makes time to teach young turkey hunters the skills to be successful. He worked tirelessly creating the Mississippi turkey call makers exhibit for the Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Museum.

The Mississippi Outdoor Hall of Fame is housed in the Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Museum in downtown Leland, 302 North Broad Street. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information about the Hall of Fame or Museum, visit www.mswildlifeheritagemuseum.com.

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