Oregon hunters are getting a new incentive to turn in poachers.
A program, approved by the 2016 Oregon Legislature and put into effect this month, offers the option of big game preference points instead of cash for providing information that leads to an arrest or citation for poaching-related crimes.
The Turn in Poachers program is a collaboration between the Oregon Hunters Association and Oregon State Police, and until this season offered only cash rewards for such tips.
According to a release from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, for cases involving bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose or wolves, the tipster will be awarded five preference points. For cases involving elk, deer, pronghorn, cougar or bear, the person will be awarded four preference points. All preference points must go to one hunt series (elk, buck deer, antlerless deer, antelope or spring bear).
Five preference points would allow a hunter to draw 76 percent of buck deer hunts, 69 percent of doe deer hunts, 83 percent of elk hunts and 24 percent of pronghorn hunts. Cash rewards range from $100 to $1,000.
Report wildlife violations via email to TIP@state.or.us or by calling *OSP or 1-800-452-7888.