A. TIP-MONT is Montana's toll-free hotline to report poaching and other crimes. It
stands for "Turn In Poachers Montana." Call 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). Callers can remain
anonymous and may be eligible for cash rewards.
Q. Why does Montana need a poaching hotline like TIP-MONT?
A. In the entire state of Montana there are only 72 field wardens.
Wildlife needs your eyes and ears to report these serious and costly crimes.
Q. Is TIP-MONT effective?
A. Yes. Since 1985, TIP-MONT received more than 13,540 reports of poaching and
other crimes, resulting in 1,521 convictions. These convictions netted $810,500 in fines,
$337,000 in restitution. Also, nearly $155,000 in rewards were paid to citizens who reported
suspected poachers and other crimes.
A. Call the toll-free poaching hotline at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).
Q. What happens to the information I provide?
A. The caller, who can remain anonymous, is assigned a code number. All
information about the poaching incident is taken. FWP law enforcement personnel evaluate the
information. Investigations are begun immediately and must follow the same rules and constitutional
guidelines as any law enforcement investigation.
Q. How are callers rewarded?
A. If a poacher is arrested or issued a citation on the basis of information
provided by a caller, a reward is authorized. Rewards can be paid in cash and the pay-off is
arranged to protect the anonymity of the caller. Many wildlife enthusiasts, however, don't
want a reward -- they just want the criminals stopped.
Q. Can one person really help stop poaching in Montana?
A. Absolutely! If you believe "enough is enough," you can help stop poaching. If
you see a poaching incident, report it. Poaching is a crime against you, your neighbor, and
everyone else in Montana. Call 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).
hunting out of season or at night using spotlights
taking more than one's legal limit
nonresidents who purchase resident licenses
professional and commercial poachers who illegally offer outfitter and guide services.
Q. What type of information should I report?
A. Provide information as soon as you can, including:
date, time, location, and description of the violation
number of suspects
names or identifying features such as age, height, hair color, clothes
type of weapon used
number of shots heard
vehicle description including type, year, color and license number
how a suspected poached animal is being transported, or where it is being stored.
Q. Can I contribute to TIP-MONT?
A. Yes. You can make tax-deductible contributions to the reward fund that makes
the TIP-MONT program possible. Individuals and organizations may mail their contributions to:
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Foundation, Attn: TIP-MONT,P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT