Louisiana’s Operation Game Thief is one reason state Enforcement Division agents make the number of cases against those among us who engage in illegal take of game and fish.

LOGT board members describe the group’s activities as “Louisiana’s wildlife crime-stoppers program,” and the 13 cases they reviewed at its most recent meeting turned out to award $4,800 to folks who reported what they believed were violations of state and federal hunting regulations.

Those 13 cases involved 23 of those among us who were apprehended, and those 23 piled up a 181 offenses, the LOGT reported. Among them were 10 incidents involving the taking of deer, one for taking an alligator and two more for alleged migratory waterfowl violations.

Since 1984, LOGT has accepted donations from the public from private organizations and from court-ordered fines for a fund used to award those providing information leading to the apprehension of alleged wildlife and fisheries violators. The National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association are major donors. LDWF Enforcement Division’s Lt. Will Roberts (email: wroberts@wlf.la.gov) handles donations for the agency and LOGT.

To report potential violations, call the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries 24-hour, toll-free Operation Game Thief hotline (800) 442-2511 or the LDWF's tip411 program (text tip to 847411) or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone and Android apps.

Joe Macaluso