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Law Enforcement Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact logoIn the early 1980s, the law enforcement units of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies discussed the concept of a compact between states to address wildlife violations based on the format in use by a number of states for handling motor vehicle violations by visitors to other states. Wildlife and resource protection needed some additional teeth when dealing with individuals who moved freely among and violated the wildlife and resource laws in various states.

About the Compact

When a person has their hunting, fishing and/or trapping privileges legally suspended in the Compact state where the violation(s) occurred, the suspension may be recognized by all of the member states of the Compact. Having your privileges suspended in Montana means you may also be prevented from hunting, fishing and/or trapping in all the Compact member states. This not only prevents chronic violators from simply moving their activity to another state, it provides a deterrent that is often more powerful than monetary fines and penalties.

The Compact provides a benefit for violators, as well. Non-compact states often prevent their officers from releasing a non-resident violator on their own recognizance, for lack of jurisdiction when the violator leaves the state. Consequently, non-resident violators in a non-compact state are typically required to post substantial cash bonds to encourage their compliance with the ticket, or else be booked into jail until they can post bond or appear before the judge.

Under the Compact, if violator fails to comply with a ticket issued in a member state, the issuing state can request the violator's home state to immediately suspend the violator's hunting, fishing and trapping privileges in their state until they comply. With that ability, the non-resident violator (if a resident of a Compact state) in many cases can be handled in the same manner as a resident violator and released on his or her own recognizance. This saves the violator from having to produce a potentially large sum of cash for bond, or a trip to the county jail. Nevertheless, the non-resident violator may still be arrested for violations that have jail time as a mandatory penalty, any felony violations, or any crimes that the arresting officer would deem serious enough to arrest a resident violator.

In 1999, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources developed a system that allows each state to enter their suspension information into the IWVC database. This information can be downloaded by member states to run checks against their state's license files for persons purchasing licenses while under suspension.

Montana became a member of the IWVC on February 3, 1996 and the IWVC became law under Title 87, Chapter 1, Part 8 of the Montana Code. In the spring of 2004, MFWP fully integrated the IWVC database with the new MFWP Automated Licensing System and Internet License Sales. The integration of these systems identifies persons with privilege suspensions who purchase or attempt to purchase licenses or enter drawings for which they are ineligible. Attempting to purchase or purchasing a license or permit while under privilege suspension in Montana, or any Compact member state, is unlawful under Montana Code 87-6-310 and 87-6-306, and will result in additional fines and extended suspensions of hunting, fishing and/or trapping privileges.

View the International Organization of Natural Resources Crimestoppers (IANRC) video about cooperative efforts to reduce the illegal taking of North America's fish and wildlife resources.

Questions? You can obtain information about the IWVC in Montana by contacting:

Law Enforcement Division of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

P.O. Box 200701

Helena, Montana 59620

Phone (406) 444-2452.

Member States

It is your responsibility to contact any member state where you intend to obtain or attempt to obtain any license, permit or tag to determine your eligibility to purchase that license, permit or tag, or to determine if appeal procedures are available. You may determine your eligibility by inquiring in writing to the specific member state at the address listed below.


Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

Law Enforcement

64 N Union St, Suite 559

P.O. Box 301459

Montgomery, AL 36130


Department of Fish & Game

Law Enforcement

P.O. Box 25526

Juneau, AK 99802-5526


Game & Fish Department

Law Enforcement Division—IWVC

2221 W Greenway Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85023-4312


Game & Fish Commission

#2 Natural Resources Drive

Little Rock, AR 72205


Department of Fish & Game

Law Enforcement Branch

1416 Ninth St, Ste 1326

Sacramento, CA 95814


Parks & Wildlife

6060 Broadway

Denver, CO 80216-1029


Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

79 Elm Street

Hartford, CT 06106-5127


Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

620 South Meridian St

Tallahassee, FL 32399-6543


Department of Natural Resources

Law Enforcement

2065 US Hwy 278 SE

Social Circle, GA 30025-4743


Fish & Game

Law Enforcement Division

600 S Walnut

P.O. Box 25

Boise, ID 83712-7729


Department of Natural Resources

One Natural Resources Way

Springfield, IL 62702-1270


Department of Natural Resources

Law Enforcement Division

402 W Washington St

Room W225D

Indianapolis, IN 46204-2243


DNR/Fish & Wildlife Division

Law Enforcement Bureau

Wallace State Office Bldg.

502 E 9th & St

Des Moines, IA 50319-5005


Department of Wildlife & Parks

512 SE 25th Ave

Pratt, KS 67124-8174


Department of Fish & Wildlife & Resources

Law Enforcement Division

#1 Sportsman's Lane

Frankfort, KY 40601


Wildlife & Fisheries

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70898


Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

41 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333


Natural Resources Police

580 Taylor Ave, E-3

Annapolis, MD 21401-2352


Department of Natural Resources

530 W Allegan

P.O. Box 30031

Lansing, MI 48909-7531



Enforcement Division

500 Layfette Rd, Box 47

St. Paul, MN 55155-4040


Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks

1505 Eastover Dr

Jackson, MS 39211-6322


Department of Conservation

Protection Division

P.O. Box 180

Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180


Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Law Enforcement Division

P.O. Box 200701

Helena, MT 59620-0701


Game and Parks Commission

2200 N 33rd Street

Lincoln, NE 68503-1417


Department of Wildlife

Law Enforcement Division

1100 Valley Rd

P.O. Box 10678

Reno, NV 89512-2817

New Hampshire

Game & Fish

11 Hazen Drive

Concord, NH 03301

New Jersey

Division of Fish & Wildlife

P.O. Box 420

Trenton, NJ 08609

New Mexico

Department of Game & Fish

P.O. Box 25112

Santa Fe, NM 87507-9210

New York

Department of Environmental Conservation

Division of Fish & Wildlife

625 Broadway

Albany, NY 12233-0001

North Carolina

Wildlife Resources Commission

1717 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1700

North Dakota

Game & Fish Department

Chief of Law Enforcement

100 N Bismarck Expressway

Bismarck, ND 58501-5086


Department of Natural Resources

1930 Belcher Dr

Fountain Square Bldg, D

Columbus, OH 43224


Department of Wildlife Conservation

1801 N. Lincoln

P.O. Box 53465

Oklahoma City, OK 73105


Department of Fish & Wildlife

Law Enforcement Branch

255 Capitol St NE, 4th Floor

Salem, OR 97310-0001


Game Commission

Bureau of Wildlife Protection

2001 Elmerton Ave

Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797

Rhode Island

Department of Environmental Management

235 Promenade St

Providence, RI 02908

South Carolina

Department of Natural Resources

P.O. Box 168

Columbia, SC 29202-0167

South Dakota

Game, Fish & Parks

Division of Wildlife

523 E Capitol Ave

Pierre, SD 57501


Wildlife Resources Agency

Ellington Ag Center

P.O. Box 40747

Nashville, TN 37204-0747


Parks and Wildlife Department

Fish & Wildlife Enforcement

4200 Smith School Rd

Austin, TX 78744


Division of Wildlife Resources

Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

P.O. Box 146301

Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6301


Fish and Wildlife Department

1 National Life Drive, Davis 2

Montpelier, VT 05620-3702


Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

4009 West Broad St

Richmond, VA 23229


Department of Fish & Wildlife

600 Capitol Way N

Olympia, WA 98501-1076

West Virginia

Division of Natural Resources

Law Enforcement

Bldg 3, Capitol Complex

Charleston, WV 25305


Department of Natural Resources

101 S Webster St

Madison, WI 53707


Game & Fish Department

Law Enforcement Division

3030 Energy Ln, Suite 100

Casper, WY 82604-2916