A record number of poachers are arrested in Minnesota(WDAY TV) -- In 2012 poachers did not get away easy in Minnesota. A surge of hotline calls helped the Department of Natural Resources snag a record number of arrests.
(WDAY TV) -- In 2012 poachers did not get away easy in Minnesota. A surge of hotline calls helped the Department of Natural Resources snag a record number of arrests.
Even on day as cold as this, these two are determined. Bryce and Zach have been at it for awhile. One thing they do have that thousands didn't last year is a license.
Whether it was deer hunting or ice fishing, poaching was up nearly 54% last year with over 2,000 arrests.
Roger Tietz - Minnesota DNR: "We just thought that was unusual. We hadn't seen a jump like that in the program in one years time."
The previous record was set when the "Turn in Poachers" hotline was founded back in 1981. Since then, both the call line and technology have improved.
Roger Tietz: "If a citizen is in the field and with the advent of the cell phone and the tower system that's now in place, most people have the ability if they see something that's a violation and that is troubling to them, they can call."
For these anglers, the cost of fishing illegally far outweighs the price tag of doing it right. The DNR says it doesn't matter how smart you think you are, chances are you'll get caught.
If you suspect someone poaching, you can call the Turn in Poachers hotline at 1-800-652-9093.