LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It's that time of year when authorities are warning people about poaching, the unlawful killing of wild animals through illegal hunting.
The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission (AGFC) makes stopping poaching one of their major efforts in Arkansas.
THV 11's Mark Edwards spoke to Andy Tackett with the AGFC about how big a problem poaching is in the Natural State.
Tackett says during an average year they issue approximately ten-thousand citations, which results in around $700,000 in fines.
"That money is returned to the schools," says Tackett. "From the county that the fine is assessed in, it's sent in and then we re-distribute it to the counties."
And you can help the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission by calling the tip line to report any offenders.
The Stop Poaching Hotline, 1-800-482-9262, is a 24-hour manned phone system to handle all calls coming in from concerned citizens.
Each caller is eligible for a monetary reward based on the amount of the minimum fine in the event a citation is issued for the violation being reported.
Caller's names are kept anonymous and if you wish you do not have to leave your name.
AT&T cell phone users in Arkansas may also dial #TIP (#847) to turn in poachers. Customers will have minutes charged to their cell phone usage for the call.
You can also send an anonymous text to TIP411 (847411).