Department of Fish and Wildlife
If you see it, report it: Help stop poaching in Kentucky
Ky. – Modern gun season for deer opens this Saturday, Nov. 8.
Outdoors enthusiasts who witness any illegal hunting activity are encouraged to
report it to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
“If people have any complaints or see any violations such
as trespass or poaching, they are encouraged to call 1-800-25ALERT
(1-800-252-5378),” said Hank Patton, director of law enforcement for Kentucky
Fish and Wildlife.
Patton explained these calls now go through the Kentucky
State Police dispatch system and are then routed to conservation officers in
Poaching a deer, elk or bear is a serious crime in
Kentucky. Poachers may be fined up to $1,000 and spend up to a year in jail
upon conviction. Violators must also pay restitution costs for the animal
“You can be assessed civil penalties in addition to
restitution costs and fines,” Patton said. “Poaching a deer, elk, bear, turkey
or bobcat in Kentucky is a big deal.”
poachers also forfeit their hunting privileges for as long as 3 years.
“Kentucky is a member of the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact,” Patton
said. “Loss of hunting privileges in Kentucky results in the loss of privileges
in 41 additional states.”
who witness and report someone poaching an elk may receive an award as well.
“We have a program for those who report an elk poacher,” said Gabe Jenkins,
deer and elk program coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “They will
receive a $1,000 reward upon conviction of the elk poacher.”
If you see someone poaching or committing other
wildlife violations, don’t hesitate to report it. Actions that you take now can
make for better hunting for everyone in the future.