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Saturday is "Turn in Poachers Day"


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (October 16, 2012) -Not only is Saturday, Oct. 20
the opening day of firearms deer season, it also is officially
recognized as Turn In Poachers Day in Georgia according to a
proclamation recently signed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

According to the ‘Turn In Poachers’ 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.”

What is poaching? Common poaching 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.

The public can reach the TIP hotline by dialing 1-800-241-4113, by
dialing *DNR on a cell phone, or by sending an email to
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Those reporting should try to
obtain the following information: the type of violation, a description
of the violator, description of the violator’s vehicle, and the 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.

TIP, Inc. is a non-profit organization protecting wildlife from
poachers by increasing public support for conservation rangers.

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