Minnesota Hunter Safety Course



A poacher is anyone who harvests game in a way that defies game laws. Hunting without a license, bagging over the legal limit, or hunting outside the regulated season are all considered forms of poaching, which is a highly illegal act. As a responsible and ethical hunter, it is your duty to report any form of poaching. Never try and confront a poacher directly. Instead, contact the local authorities as soon as possible.

Not all poachers will meet the stereotype illustrated above. Keep in mind that someone who takes too much game, or bags an animal that is not yet in season, is in fact breaking the law, and the incident should be reported to the local authorities.

In Minnesota, any game violations can be reported to the "Turn In Poachers" (or TIP) program. To report a violation, contact the TIP hotline at 1-800-652-9093.