DNR hotline hours extended for gun seasons
COLUMBUS – Hunters and other individuals seeking information about white-tailed deer-gun hunting seasons or wanting to report state wildlife law violations may take advantage of extended call center hours, according to the Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife.
The 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) general hunting information hotline will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18, for the 10th annual youth deer-gun season. Staff will also be available to answer calls prior to and during the deer-gun season, Nov. 26-Dec. 2 and Dec. 15-16.
The deer-gun season is when many of Ohio's hunters have last-minute questions, and ODNR Division of Wildlife staff is ready and available to assist them. Special call center hours prior to and during the state's deer-gun season include:
8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Dec. 2.
8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16.
The hotline will be closed Thanksgiving Day.
Ohioans are encouraged to help enforce state wildlife laws by reporting violations to the division's Turn-in-a-Poacher (TIP) hotline by calling 800-POACHER (762-2437). Established in 1982, the TIP program allows individuals to anonymously call toll-free to report wildlife violations. The 800-POACHER hotline is open for calls 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
Tips concerning wildlife violations can also be submitted at wildohio.com. Tipsters may be eligible to receive a cash award.