The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is asking the public to assist in reporting illegal night hunting. According to the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries’ Enforcement Section, more than 180 arrests have been made this season for illegally hunting deer at night.
The Division is asking the public to report any suspicious activity so that Conservation Enforcement Officers can investigate. Violations may be reported by calling the Operation Gamewatch hotline at 1-800-272-GAME (4263). The hotline is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Shots fired at night and lights being shined onto fields are examples of what should be reported.
Assistant Enforcement Chief Craig Hill stresses that night hunters should not be confused with
The Division needs the public’s assistance. “We feel we’re doing a good job curtailing illegal night hunting. It is very important that we have the public assist us,” Hill said. “The reason our enforcement program has been effective is because of citizens providing accurate and timely information. The people are our eyes and ears.”
In response to complaints of illegal nighttime deer hunting, the Division has utilized the assistance of Marine Police officers and other state and local law enforcement agencies. Aircraft are also used to locate nighttime poachers.
The penalty for illegal nighttime deer hunting is a minimum $1,000 fine and loss of hunting privileges for three years. Any vehicles and/or firearms used during illegal nighttime deer hunting are subject to condemnation by the State.
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