Turn in those poachers

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

With the hunting seasons upon us, we encourage Iowans to join with the Department of Natural Resources in the on-going effort to rid our state of thoughtless, law-breaking wild game poachers.

Poaching is a crime. In essence, poachers steal our natural resources while giving all hunters and fishermen a bad name.

The DNR "TIP" (Turn In Poachers) program is a proven tool in the effort to stop poaching in Iowa. It provides a toll-free telephone number (1-800-532-2020) for concerned citizens to use to report any and all fish and wildlife violations they may witness.

Callers remain anonymous and are eligible for rewards in successful TIP cases. The TIP hotline is monitored 24 hours a day. Suspected violations are recorded, the information is routed to a DNR officer, and an investigation is initiated.

Since Iowa's TIP program began in 1985, more than 9,000 calls have been processed, resulting in more than 2,500 citations. More than $150,000 has been approved in reward payments. Last year alone, the TIP program processed more than 300 calls and approved more than $12,000 in rewards.

If you observe a suspected fish or wildlife violation, would like specific information about the TIP program in your area, or have any questions about DNR programs, please contact the conservation officer assigned to your county. Or call the DNR TIP coordinator at 515-281-4515.

Don't hesitate to contact any of these DNR sources. Let's work together to rid the state of all slob hunters and fisherman.