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Citizens Against Poaching - success stories due citizen involvement.

A harvested elk lies on the ground
Clearwater Region

On October 12, 2020, a concerned hunter called Citizen’s Against Poaching after watching a 2-point bull elk get shot near dark and saw a pickup drive away from the location leaving the elk in a fie

Panhandle Region

Salmon Region

On October 1, 2018, reports of a missing hunter and potential game violations led IDFG Officer Sheppard to begin an investigation.

Southwest Region

On November 2, 2017 a concerned sportsman called the Citizen’s Against Poaching (CAP) hotline to report an unlawfully taken elk.

Salmon Region

This past fall, Salmon Region conservation officers responded to a citizen complaint, which led to an investigation of five dead elk near the Double Springs Ranch in the Pahsimeroi Valley.

Panhandle Region

On May 30, 2018, Panhandle Region Officers received notification that a concerned citizen had called the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) Hotline to report that two men were killing and keeping what

Upper Snake Region

On September 18, 2017, Officers Tim Klucken and Lauren Lane responded to a Citizens Against Poaching tip. A family camping in the Kilgore area was enjoying three bull-moose near their camp.


In early April 2017, a thief made off with a Fish and Game trailer loaded with thousands of dollars of big game capture and monitoring equipment.  Using surveillance video from a number of location

Panhandle Region

On October 22, 2017, SCO Brian Johnson received a tip from the Citizen’s Against Poaching hotline reporting that a man driving a red UTV on the District 5 road near Bonners Ferry, had shot and left

Salmon Region

During the morning of September 24th, 2017, an archery hunter was hunting elk in Big Game Management Unit 36. It was near the end of the September archery season. He heard several rifle shots ring out close to where he was.

Upper Snake Region

On October 20th 2016 I received a call from a concerned citizen. He was up early, looking out his window, watching a suspicious vehicle. 

Southeast Region

On October 20, 2016, Idaho Fish and Game Conservation Officer Nathan Stohosky was forwarded an anonymous email from Fish and Game Headquarters office regarding the suspected illegal take of a mule deer buck by Cody Larkins of Preston, ID.

4X4 Illegal Buck Mule Deer, Unit 45
Magic Valley Region

In early November of 2016, an Elmore County officer pulled up to two hunters with a 4x4 buck off the side of the road in unit 45. The officer looked the buck over and reminded the men to tag the animal. He made note of the vehicle and plate before leaving the guys to the long job ahead of them.

Hubijar case evidence - Snowshoe hare
Southwest Region

On April 18, 2017, Senior Conservation Officer Brian Marek received a Citizen’s Against Poaching complaint from a concerned citizen who had seen pictures of Sanela Hubijar posing with a snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse, and what appeared to be a hen wild turkey on her Facebook page.

Turkey baiting in Clearwater Region
Clearwater Region

In May 2014, retired Officer Stoddard told Officer Crawford of a possible baiting for turkeys in Cranberry Creek of Unit 10A. Officer Crawford determined a turkey had been killed, collected a shotgun wad and spent shell, and was able to identify suspects.

Nonresident with no-tag wolf
Salmon Region

On October 29, 2015 Idaho Fish and Game officers received a Big Game Mortality Report (BGMR) for a wolf harvested by Robert Koester. Suspicious circumstances related to the time Koester’s wolf tag was purchased led officers to look further into the wolf’s harvest.

Illegal elk taken with fraudulent license and tag
Panhandle Region

Last September, Regional Investigator Dave Overman received information from an informant that Dan Harris was buying resident licenses in Idaho, but lived in Washington.

No trespass buck
Upper Snake Region

On opening week of the general deer season in 2016, Idaho conservation officers in the Upper Snake Region received a tip from CAP (Citizens Against Poaching).

Trophy atypical buck
Upper Snake Region

In the fall of 2015 Idaho Fish and Game Officers received information that a very large mule deer buck harvested in November in Bonneville County may have been taken illegally.

Buck deer taken in beet field
Magic Valley Region

On October 20, 2013, Officer Steven Ross received a call from a landowner that found a dead deer in their beet field during harvest. They also stated a family member may have heard the gunshot and had words with the shooter.

Collared cow elk dead and left to waste
Clearwater Region

On Saturday, December 20, 2014, Terry Jones of Cottonwood, and Brett "Bubba" Kuhn of Grangeville grabbed their rifles and went hunting on the South Fork of the Clearwater.

Buck Pronghorn antelope in sagebrush
Salmon Region

On Oct 2nd 2014, Officer Andy Smith and I received a Citizen’s Against Poaching call on a poached buck antelope near Salmon, ID. After meeting with the witness, we found the dead buck antelope with the horns cut out and back straps removed.

Bull elk shot from the roadway
Clearwater Region

During October of 2015, a concerned sportsman, John Doe, called Idaho Fish and Game to report two men shooting from a public road at a heard of elk on private property.

Doering elk drag mark
Panhandle Region

In mid-September Senior Conservation Officer Lucas Swanson of Bonners Ferry was contacted by a concerned archery hunter stating he heard two gunshots. The hunter decided to see what happened and he found two guys standing by a dead cow elk and some piles of hay. There is no baiting and no rifle season for cow elk.

Wagner case evidence
Salmon Region

During the September 2015 archery season, some ranchers were moving cattle when they stumbled upon a large dead bull elk that looked like it had been shot with a rifle.

Case evidence elk
Upper Snake Region

On September 17th I spent most of the day checking archery hunters along the Continental Divide and returned home in the late afternoon just before a big storm rolled through the valley.

Case evidence elk and deer
Upper Snake Region

On November 15th, 2015 Senior Conservation Officer Lauren Lane was contacted by an employee from Matt’s Custom Meats in St. Anthony regarding two suspicious deer that had been brought in for processing.

Idaho is a member of the Wildlife Violator Compact, which means that if an individual’s hunting, fishing or trapping license is revoked by any of the 42 member states; all the remaining states will revoke the same license or privilege for the same time period.

Anyone with information about a wildlife violation are encouraged to “Make the Call” and contact the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline at 1-800-632-5999. Callers may remain anonymous, and they may be eligible for a reward.

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