Turn In Poachers

Back in 2012, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a proclamation making October 20th — the opening day of firearms deer season — “Turn in Poachers Day.”

The proclamation stated “the ownership of all wildlife is by the state of Georgia.  It is held in trust for all Georgians to enjoy.  A poacher is one who takes wildlife illegally thereby depriving other citizens of our state’s natural resources.”

What is poaching?  Common violations include:

  • hunting during illegal hours
  • hunting from a public road
  • taking over the bag limit
  • hunting or fishing in unauthorized areas
  • killing deer illegally
  • buying or selling wildlife
  • killing or being in possession of nongame or endangered species and
  • stocking wildlife.

How to Turn In Poachers

  • Call the TIP hotline at 800-241-4113.
  • Dial *DNR on a cell phone.

Try to obtain the following information:

  • type of violation
  • description of the violator
  • description of the violator’s vehicle
  • date, time and location of the violation.

All information acquired through the TIP hotline is forwarded to a Georgia Department of Natural Resources conservation ranger for further investigation.   If information leads to an arrest, TIP pays a reward to the caller.  Callers also may choose to remain anonymous.

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