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DNR Asking Citizens To Report Illegal Hunting
Updated October 23, 2014 10:27 AM
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(UNDATED) - Less than 1 percent of Indiana's nearly 400,000 hunters are found to be violating the law while hunting.

Finding those violators often requires the input of law-abiding hunters and other citizens who see violations taking place.

Now that Hoosier hunting seasons are in full swing, the Indiana Conservation Officers charged with enforcing the state's wildlife laws ask concerned citizens to keep two phone numbers handy and enter them on their cell phones.

The 24-hour Central Dispatch number is (812) 837-9536. It documents the caller's name. The Turn in a Poacher (TIP) hotline number is 1-800-TIP-IDNR (4367). It allows the caller to remain anonymous.

If you see a suspected violation:

1. Safely gather as much information as you can (vehicle description, plate number, clothing description, number of people, location, direction of travel, etc.) without approaching the subject.

2. Immediately call the appropriate number.

3. Do not communicate with the subject by yelling or informing them that you have called a Conservation Officer.

4. Continue to stay out of the subject's area -- allow the Conservation Officer to approach the situation.

5. Cooperate with the Conservation Officer.

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