Georgia Dedicates Oct. 18 as TIP Day

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Saturday, October 18, the opening day of modern firearms season for deer hunting is also Turn In Poachers Day in Georgia according to a proclamation signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue. TIP, Inc., is a non-profit organization protecting wildlife from poachers by increasing public support for wildlife law enforcement.

According to the proclamation, "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."

Hunters should call the TIP hotline when they witness a poaching violation. TIP information is forwarded to a Wildlife Resources Division Conservation Ranger for further investigation. If a call leads to an arrest, TIP pays a reward to the caller or the caller can choose to remain anonymous.

Callers should try to obtain the following information:

  • · A description of the violator
  • · A description of their vehicle
  • · The location of the violation
  • · Date and time of the violation
  • · The type of violation

Some poaching violations include:

  • · Hunting during illegal hours
  • · Hunting from a public road
  • · Taking over the limit
  • · Hunting or fishing in unauthorized areas
  • · Killing deer illegally
  • · Hunting over bait
  • · Buying or selling wildlife
  • · Killing or being in possession of nongame/endangered species
  • · Stocking wildlife

Reach the TIP hotline by dialing 1-800-241-4113 or by sending an email to TurnInPoachers@dnr.state.ga.us .

For more information, visit www.georgiawildlife.com (select the TIP logo on the bottom of the home page), contact your local Wildlife Resources Division Law Enforcement office or call (770) 918-6414.