Operation Game Thief

Report Poaching 1-800-922-5431

Submit a Tip

SCDNR Tips is an anonymous tip line designed to allow the public to report non-emergency criminal activity directly to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. You may submit a tip in several ways- by using your mobile phone to text tips to keyword SCDNR along with your tip to 847411(tip411), by sharing information through our integrated web form, or by downloading our free smartphone app from iTunes or Google Play.

When submitting a tip

Be prepared to give the fullest possible account of the incident including the name, address, age and description of the suspect, vehicle description, direction of travel, license number, type of violation and when and where it occurred. You do not have to give your name.

Download the Mobile App

The free SCDNR Tips smartphone App free via the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store.

Andriod App on Google Play

Download on the Apple App Store

Text your Tip

To send an anonymous tip via text message to the South Carolina DNR, text the keyword SCDNR and your tip to 847411.

Poachers steal your natural resources!

In May of 1999, one call to Operation Game Thief prompted a statewide investigation that identified over two hundred Natural Resources Laws violations. These unlawful acts included the illegal sale of freshwater gamefish, of saltwater fisheries products, possession and size limit violations, and others. DNR Officers seized over 1,300 pounds of natural resource products destined for illegal sale as a result of this one call.

Operation Game Thief is a program designed to allow you to get involved in the protection of your South Carolina natural resources. With the information and donations provided by concerned citizens, like yourself, Operation Game Thief assists DNR in the protection of South Carolina's wildlife, fish, coastal, and other resources. Rewards of up to $500 are paid to persons providing information leading to the arrest of natural resource law violators. In addition to supporting the rewards system, donations to the program pay for the toll-free, round-the-clock telephone reporting system.

For a brochure and application to join this program, please call