Almost by definition poachers don’t wait for legal hunting times. But
hunting season increases the chances that licensed, ethical hunters will
encounter poaching: “the illegal taking of fish, game, or non-game
When that happens, DNR Law Enforcement urges hunters to use the TIP (Turn in
a Poacher) hotline to file a complaint.
The number is (800) TIP-IDNR (847-4367). Complaints may also be filed at
A typical poaching situation occurs when a legal hunter sitting in a tree
and waiting for sunrise notices a spotlight shining in the field from a
pickup truck, sees the truck stop, and hears a gunshot.
‘True sportsmen have an ethical responsibility to report this violation,”
Lt. Mark Farm, public information officer for the Department of Natural
Resources Division of Law Enforcement, in a statement released on Thursday.
“It is not fair to the honest hunter that a poacher can get away with this
illegal method of hunting. Poachers are thieves and estimates indicate that
poachers kill as much fish and game as legal hunters and fishermen do.”
Farmer emphasized that anyone may use the TIP hotline but that hunters are
more likely to witness violations.
The TIP program is a joint effort of sportsmen and women, private citizens,
and the DNR to help eliminate the illegal taking of Indiana’s fish and
wildlife. Cash rewards are offered for information leading to the arrest of
fish and wildlife law violators.
Neither videotapes nor signed confessions are necessary for the successful
prosecution of poachers, the statement said. Citizens who provide TIP with
information are not required to give their names or testify in court. All
tips are investigated by Conservation Officers.
for deer is Nov. 14-29.