WILDLIFE DIVISION EXTENDS HOTLINE HOURS
DURING DEER-GUN HUNTING SEASONS
Ohioans encouraged to report wildlife violations, illegal activity
COLUMBUS, OH - Ohioans seeking information about the upcoming youth gun and white-tailed deer hunting seasons or individuals seeking to report violations of state wildlife laws can take advantage of extended call center hours from November 17 to December 2, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
The 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) general hunting information hotline will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18, for the fifth annual youth deer-gun season.
Staff will also be available to answer calls prior to and during the regular deer-gun season, which begins Monday, November 26, and ends Sunday, December 2. Special call center hours prior to and during the state’s popular deer-gun season are as follows:
|CALL CENTER HOURS
|Friday, November 23
|Saturday and Sunday, November 24-25
|Monday through Friday, November 26-November 30
|Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2
“Once again we expect thousands of hunters to enjoy Ohio’s popular deer-gun season, and the Division of Wildlife will be ready and available to assist them,” said David M. Graham, chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife. “We encourage hunters to contact us with any question that may arise.”
Ohioans are encouraged to help enforce state wildlife laws by reporting violations to the division's Turn-in-a-Poacher (TIP) hotline at 1-800-POACHER (762-2437). The TIP hotline will also be open extended hours during the upcoming hunting seasons. Established in 1982, the TIP program allows individuals to anonymously call toll free from anywhere in the state to report wildlife violations. The 1-800-POACHER hotline will be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. the week of deer-gun season.
Tipsters may be eligible to receive a cash award and are encouraged to leave a message during closed hours with as much information about the suspected violation as can be provided. Tips can also be submitted online at wildohio.com.
For Further Information Contact:
Michelle Jones, ODNR Division of Wildlife
Ron Ollis, ODNR Division of Wildlife
Jane Beathard, ODNR Media Relations