LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) - It happens every fall - and at other times of the year,
also. Someone sees a blatant violation of game laws and wonders where
the wildlife officers are.
Or the observer may phone the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and
say, "I saw a couple of guys night hunting last week. No, I didn't get a
license number. Your game wardens need to stop this kind of stuff."
Yes, the AGFC wildlife officers need to stop night hunting, out of
season poaching and other violations, but they need help in doing it.
Quick, accurate information is the biggest boost the average citizen can
Here are some pointers for helping apprehend wildlife violators:
Time is of the essence. The quicker a violation is reported to AGFC,
the more likely the outlaw is to be caught. Cell phones can be extremely
useful, although they don't function in some isolated areas. Make a
note of the exact time you saw the violation.
Take pen and paper with you. You'll need the pen to fill out a tag if
you get a deer. Just a single sheet of folded paper will be plenty for
recorded information on a violation.
Get a vehicle license number. This is the quickest means for an
officer to trace a suspect. Binoculars in the woods are handy for
checking game, and they are extremely helpful for reading a license
Notice and jot down details of the vehicle - make, color, type (two doors, four doors), anything unusual about it.
Provide an accurate location. "About a half mile off that gravel road
east of town" doesn't do it. If you have a GPS (global positioning
system) unit, take a reading. All AGFC wildlife officers are equipped
with these and are trained to use them.
Describe the person or persons. Their physical description is more
vital than what clothing they are wearing. The type of clothing and
headwear being worn can help with the description. Names are very good,
if you know the person or persons.
Do not confront or try to apprehend a violator and hold him or her for
an officer to arrive. That's not your duty as a citizen, and it can be
extremely dangerous. These bad actors are almost always carrying
Keep the AGFC toll-free hotline number handy. It's 1-800-482-9262.
AT&T cell phone users may also dial #TIP (#847). Both numbers will
direct the caller to the AGFC
radio room 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These numbers are much
than trying to call a local wildlife officer's home or office.
Names of informants are kept confidential by the AGFC.