“Poaching is not
hunting….poaching is theft of public resource and taints the image of hunting”
Turn In Poachers (TIP), Inc. is a private Minnesota 501(C)(3), non-profit organization of conservationists concerned about poaching problems. TIP Inc., provides all reward monies for the program and receives no State of Minnesota or Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) funding. The enforcement division cooperates with the TIP program, which was started to encourage the public to report natural resource violations. The information and the person reporting can be kept confidential. Persons reporting violations are asked to obtain as much information from observation as possible, and to report all violations as soon as possible. If an arrest is made, the person reporting the violation may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000, depending upon the seriousness of the crime. The reward amount will be determined by an impartial panel. Since its inception in 1981, this program has been a deterrent to the senseless waste of wildlife and is extremely beneficial to the DNR Enforcement Division.