The Game and Fish Department is the beneficiary of a new tool to help spread the word about the state's Report All Poachers program.
If you were at the State Fair last week you may have seen it…if not, it could be coming to an outdoor venue near your soon.
Tom Jensen explains in this week's segment of North Dakota Outdoors…
<<The Report All Poachers…or RAP..program is one of the most useful tools in the game warden's arsenal to help fight lawbreakers…it basically gets the general public involved by encouraging them to turn in poachers…
Bill: "It offers somebody a reward if they wish to turn in a poacher, if they hear or see something illegal take place, there are numbers they can call."
Problem is…there are still people out there that don't know the RAP program exists…and that's where this new trailer comes into play…
Pat: "It's an awareness and educational tool that there is poaching going on out in the country and this is a way of educating people that if they do see violations in the field that they should take the information down and hopefully they'll report it."
Visitors can walk by and look in the large windows at displays featuring mounts from cases that were solved using the RAP line and a short explanation of the case.
There are also brochures explaining the Report All Poachers program and other projects from the Game and Fish Department and a big screen TV with videos explaining the role that wardens play in enforcing game laws in North Dakota…and another great feature is..the trailer is mobile and can be hauled to all corners of the state…
Pat: "Any club or organization that would like to have it on hand, a county fair area, we will pull it down to those events and display it there. During the winter and spring when we have sports, boat and camping shows, we hope to show this off at those places."
The trailer is funded by the Game and Fish Department in partnership with the North Dakota Wildlife Federation but a lot of monetary help came from many of the wildlife and hunting clubs and organizations across North Dakota.
This is Tom Jensen…Outdoors
If you'd like to arrange to have the RAP trailer come to your outdoor activity, call the Game and Fish Department at 328-6300