Minnesota's recognition as some of the best freshwater fishing and hunting in the world is the result of the dedication of a lot of people and organizations. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recognized Turn In Poachers (TIP) as being one of those organizations during an awards ceremony Feb. 1 at Camp Ripley.
Established in 1981, TIP is a private, nonprofit organization that provides monetary rewards of up to $1,000 to encourage the public to report natural resource violations. The information and the person reporting can be kept confidential.
State conservation officers have made more than 5,000 cases over the past 25 years because of TIP, which has paid more than $350,000 in rewards.