BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
WOODS CROSS – Hunting season will begin on Saturday, Aug. 17, and many archers will take to the fields for the general deer and buck hunt.
However, as hunters venture out in an attempt to take down a deer or buck, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is urging them to be on the lookout for poachers.
Rick Olsen, a Captain for the division in Utah, said in a statement sent to the Clipper that the agency is used to catching plenty of poachers this time of year due to the opening of hunting season.
However, more serious offenders are still being sought after on an annual basis, and residents out on the hunting trail should be on the lookout for such crimes.
“It’s crucial that we get hunters to help us out in this cause,” he said. “Many more violators are being caught, however, because hunters are calling us and have called us in the past.”
As hunting season approaches, Olson said it’s vital to report any suspicious activity to the agency. There are a number of ways people can report violations. They include:
Ґ Calling Utah’s Turn in a Poacher (UTiP) hotline at 1-800-662-3337. The number is written on the back of a license or permit.
Ґ Calling the nearest police department or sheriff’s office. This should only be done if a person doesn’t remember and doesn’t have their hunting permit or license.
Ґ Emailing any information to division officers at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the least popular route to take, said Olson, because “it may take a day or two before we can get back with people.”
Although most hunters know what to look for when they see a violation, Olson said anything out of the ordinary should be reported to the division as soon as possible.
Gather information such as a license plate number, a description of the person, and a location of the possible violation. These clues are crucial to give to the agency when reporting a possible violation.
“If you have a GPS unit with you, give us the coordinates,” he said. “They are really helpful in getting us to the right spot as quickly as possible.”
The agency also has an “Officers on patrol” website that teaches hunters about some of the most recent poaching arrests and how to stay current on poaching cases.
The available page is wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/news/officers-on-patrol.html.