Dakota Country Magazine October 2016 Edition - Page 40

Dakota Digest Successful Year for Turn-In-Poachers Program South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is reminding citizens to contact the Turn in Poachers (TIPs) hotline when they observe illegal hunting, fishing and trapping activity. “In the annual reporting period from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, the TIPs program resulted in 193 arrests,” GFP law enforcement program administrator Andy Alban reported. “Our calls more than doubled since last year, which proves that the program works, and our citizens are concerned about South Dakota’s fish and wildlife resources.” During the past year, the TIPs program reported 449 investigations initiated through citizen reports, leading to 193 arrests, $30,794 in fines and $13,900 in liquidated civil damages. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible for rewards in cases that lead to an arrest. The T IPs program began in 1984, and since that time, citizens have generated over 11,200 investigations that have led to 3,900 arrests. Individuals may call the TIPs hotline at 1-888-OVERBAG (6837224) to report violations, or report online at tips.sd.gov. Report Banded Migratory Birds Hunters are reminded to check harvested migratory birds for bands this fall and report their findings. Information from birds with a federal band should be reported online at www.reportband.gov. In addition, the bird banding lab has a new, mobile friendly reporting site that will aid hunters to report bands via mobile devices. Those without access to the internet can report bands by calling 800-327-2263. The band number, date and location of each recovery are needed. After the band information is processed, hunters can request a certificate of appreciation, and information about the bird will be returned in an email. Hunters can keep all bands they recover. Information received from hunters is critical for management of migratory game birds. We Don’t Want An Arm or Leg JUST ALL YOUR TOWS! 30 & 35 Ton Towing/Recovery Units 701-258-0451 1-888-505-0451 BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA Towing & Recovery Specialists of Autos, Boats, Buses, RVs, Semis & More. 12 Units to Serve you. DOOR UNLOCKING SPECIALISTS Page 40, Dakota Country, October 2016 Parks/Wildlife Foundation New Website The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation recently launched a new website. The improved site features current projects, the latest foundation news and an online giving option. “Website users will notice a fresh look and feel to the website with images of some of our current high profile projects,” said Wayne Winter, executive director of the Parks and Wildlife Foundation. “Much of the information on the old website has been condensed, so users can navigate the site more efficiently.” The Parks and Wildlife Foundation is an independent, 501(c) (3) charitable organization working in partnership with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. View the Parks and Wildlife Foundation website at parkswildlifefoundation.org. After hunting and fishing look for our fine games in establishments throughout North Dakota! Supplying the newest coin operated amusement games for over 65 years! Offices in Grand Forks, Minot and Devils Lake Your Home For All Coin Operated Amusement Equipment! • • • • WINCHING & IMPOUNDS ICE RECOVERY BOOSTING SERVICE LOCAL & STATEWIDE I.F. LaFleur & Sons 1-800-726-8975 www.iflafleur.com www.dakotacountrymagazine.com