Operation Game Thief

Operation Game Thief has been around since 1984. Operation Game Thief is a non-profit corporation, funded and managed by volunteer sportsmen from throughout the state. They meet quarterly to review wildlife violation cases resulting from information provided by program participants and to determine and dispense reward amounts.

If you witness or have information concerning a violation, call Operation Game Thief's toll-free 24-hour phone line (800-442-2511) or use LDWF's tip411 program.

To use the tip411 program, text LADWF and your tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone or Android app from the iTunes or Google Play store free of charge. CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender. Texting or downloading the app enables users to send anonymous tips to LDWF and lets LDWF respond back, creating a two-way anonymous “chat”. You can alse send in photos via text or the app to help support your claim and to be used as evidence.

The information is received by an LDWF operator and immediately relayed to an enforcement agent who will investigate. If the information results in an arrest, the caller is eligible for a cash reward.

Since the program began, more than $375,000 in rewards has been paid. Information provided by Operation Game Thief informants has resulted in the apprehension of more than 700 violators who were convicted on a multitude of state and federal charges.

For more information, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov.