What Makes a Good Tip?

August 24, 2023

Poaching is the illegal killing of fish and wildlife, stealing natural resources from all Oregonians. It is of significant concern in Oregon and poses a threat to the state’s rich natural heritage. With its diverse ecosystems and unique wildlife, Oregon’s delicate balance is disrupted by activities leading to the illegal killing of our fish and wildlife. Preserving the integrity of these ecosystems is crucial, not only to protect species but also to maintain the overall health and sustainability of the environment for years to come. Our wildlife belongs to everyone, and we cannot afford to look away.


Everyone can play a pivotal role in preventing poaching. Becoming educated about local wildlife laws and regulations is the first step. Whether you’re a hunter, angler, or outdoor enthusiast, recognizing signs of poaching activity, such as unusual behavior, suspicious traps, or illegal firearms, can make a significant difference. Reporting any observed poaching incidents to the Turn In Poachers (TIP) program helps in curbing such activities. We can all help protect Oregon’s fish and wildlife populations by turning in poachers.


The Turn In Poachers (TIP) program is a collaboration between the Oregon State Police, Oregon Hunters Association, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Wildlife Coalition, Oregon Outfitter and Guides Association and the Oregon State Marine Board. By making a detailed report through the TIP program, you are helping Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Troopers catch poachers and prevent future poaching incidents. But what makes a good tip? Here are some things to include in a tip to Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division.


  • Description of activity or violation – If you are not sure if you’ve witnessed a violation, report anyway! OSP F&W Troopers will investigate and confirm if the activity is legal.


  • Date, time and location of activity – Even if you cannot report right away, providing a general location and time of the incident will help OSP F&W Troopers survey the area and monitor for any additional poaching activity.


  • Vehicle description – Try to take note of the make and model of the vehicle or a license plate. If you cannot identify these, descriptors like vehicle type, color and any identifiable stickers or marks can be helpful.


  • Suspect description – Take note of clothing, stature, or other identifiable features. Please note if there are multiple people engaging in suspicious activity together.


  • Type of wildlife involved – This is helpful but isn’t always easy to recognize. We encourage you to report even if you cannot identify the wildlife involved.


  • Include a photo – Pictures can be very helpful, if available. A photograph can help identify people or vehicles in addition to the descriptions provided.


Cash rewards and hunter preference points may be awarded to the first credible report of an incident that leads to an arrest or citation. In some cases, they may be awarded to more than one individual. If you would like points or rewards for your tip, be sure to leave your name and contact information so OSP F&W can follow up with you. The information is confidential. You can also report anonymously.


Do your part by turning in poachers. If you suspect poaching, please press the Submit a Tip button above to fill out a report form, dial *OSP (*677) on your mobile device, or call 1-800-452-7888. Always remember that no tip is a bad tip. OSP F&W Troopers will work with any information available.


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