Two separate cases involving citations issued to out-of-state anglers for exceeding the possession limit on walleyes are perfect examples of public participation in helping enforce game and fish laws.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department chief of enforcement Robert Timian said one anonymous caller reported a case through the departmentâ€™s enforcement office in Bismarck, while the other contacted a local district game warden.
â€śBoth cases were very similar, and resulted from tips where anglers were catching and keeping more fish than the daily limit allows,â€ť Timian said.
One investigation involved five adults cited for 100 walleyes over the possession limit. The other implicated eight individuals â€“ six apprehended in North Dakota and two cited with cooperation from law enforcement officers in the state where the anglers reside â€“ with an over-possession limit of 84 walleyes.
â€śOur hunters and anglers are passionate about protecting their resource,â€ť Timian said. â€śThese people took the appropriate actions by reporting the violations.â€ť
Timian said violations can be reported through Report All Poachers, a local game warden or law enforcement agency, or a Game and Fish office.
RAP is a cooperative project between the Game and Fish Department, State Radio Communications and the North Dakota Wildlife Federation. The RAP line offers rewards â€“ from $100 to $1,000 depending on the nature and seriousness of the crime â€“ for information that leads to conviction of fish and wildlife law violators. Callers can remain anonymous.
Witnesses reporting a violation by calling RAP should call 800-472-2121. RAP will then contact the local game warden immediately. If the witness gives the RAP operator a phone number, the witness will be contacted right away.