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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 Department of Natural Resources 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. This depends 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.

Mission Statement
Turn In Poachers(TIP), Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization dedicated to curbing the illegal taking of Minnesota's wildlife and natural resources.


TIP furnishes rewards to callers providing information about wildlife violations which lead to an arrest. Rewards range from up to $100 for fish, small game and non-game species violations. The reward for big game and endangered species violations are up to $250.  For flagrant or commercial violations, the reward is up to $1,000. Callers may remain anonymous.


TIP also educates the public about the effect of poaching on Minnesota's game and fish through: 

• The TIP Wall of Shame - at sportshows and other events.
• Educational activity books for young conservationists.
• Speakers.
• Brochures, billboards, license envelopes, and newsletters.


Statewide toll-free: 1-800-652-9093
24 hours a day, 365 days a year or dial #TIP from your cell phone.

Tips are received through a 24-hour phone line which is answered at the

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources–Enforcement Division Monday through Friday and the Minnesota State Patrol–Dispatchers, nights and weekends.



The next Regular Board Meeting will be on December 19, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. It will be held at the Turn In Poachers Building, in Brainerd.  Regular Board Meetings are at 7:00 P.M., on the third Tuesday of every quarterly month and starting with March. Meetings are held in March, June, September, and December.


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