Yesterday we told you about Idaho’s alleged “Poacher X,” as well as a study that found poachers in Oregon probably take as many mule deer as legal hunters.

So the obvious question is: how do you combat those who violate our public trust and steal our natural resources. In Wisconsin, you can now use the power of…your thumbs.

From this story on
Hunters will be able to report hunting and safety violations via text for the first time this year, according to state wildlife officials. In April, the Department of Natural Resources joined a national program that routes text messages to authorities. More than 27 states are part of the project. Anyone with a cell phone can text information to tip 411. The messages must start with the letters TIPWDNR to make sure its routed to the Wisconsin DNR hotline operators instead of operators from other states. The DNR will be monitoring the hotline from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Tipsters can remain anonymous. The nine-day gun deer season opens Saturday in Wisconsin.

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