2017-11-02 / News

Ga. game wardens need your help stopping poachers

Now that firearms season for deer is underway, the Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Division is requesting additional help from the public to stop poaching and other illegal hunting activities this season by utilizing the Ranger Hotline.

The daily focus of Georgia’s Game Wardens is to make sure everyone is hunting safely and legally, and who better to assist in this effort than Georgia citizens, who appreciate the state’s natural resources and want to stop those that illegally take wildlife. Every year, a very small percentage of observed hunting violations are reported. DNR Law Enforcement wants that to change.

“We are enlisting all the citizens of Georgia with the Ranger Hotline Program,” says GA DNR Law Enforcement Director Col. Eddie Henderson. “If you see a poacher or any illegal hunting activity in progress, call the hotline number or send an email and report it. You can remain anonymous and if your tip leads to an arrest, you get a cash reward for certain violations.” It’s as simple as that.”

The program is housed at The Georgia Natural Resources Foun­dation, which is a 501c3 organiza­tion. Therefore, anyone who would like to make a tax-deductible do­nation to support this worthwhile program can visit http://gadnrle.org/ranger-hotline or send an email to the Ranger Hotline address.

Poaching is essentially stealing wildlife that belongs to all citizens and taking away their recreational opportunities, like hunting, fishing or wildlife watching.

For In-Progress Violations, call Ranger Hotline: 1-800-241-4113 or RangerHotline@dnr.ga.gov. For non In-Progress Violation tips, call your Region Office:

Region I - Northwest GA (770) 529-2424.

Region II - Northeast GA (770) 535-5499.

Region III - East Central GA (706) 595-4211.

Region IV - West Central GA (478) 751-6415.

Region V - Southwest GA (229) 430-4252.

Region VI - Southeast GA (912) 685-2145.

Region VII - Coastal GA (912) 264-7234.

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