Operation Game Thief

Report-Wildlife-Crime-lgOperation Game Thief (OGT) was established to protect Nevada's diverse wildlife resources, which ultimately belong to you. Together we can protect Nevada's wildlife for future generations.

OGT provides a confidential, easy and effective way for you to report wildlife violations to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week. And, just like Secret Witness, it's confidential - you can remain completely anonymous.

If you provide information, you'll be assigned a unique case number which allows you to obtain status reports on the case. The number also allows for eventual collection of a reward if offered.

Call 1-800-992-3030 to report a wildlife violation.




Avoid These Common Violations

  1. Hunting big game in wrong area. Check your tag before going hunting. Make sure you know what area your tag is for. Read the unit boundary description.
  2. Failure to punch tag. Your tag must be clearly punched (not marked) as soon as you reach your animal.
  3. Loaded gun in a vehicle. Make sure there are no live rounds in the chamber of your gun when it is in your vehicle. This includes setting your gun on your tail gate or on your OHV.

Ongoing Investigation: Bighorn Sheep Illegally Killed Near Henderson

OGT Sheep PhotoNevada game wardens are seeking information on a female desert bighorn sheep (commonly referred to as a ewe) that was illegally shot and killed in the McCullough mountain range, above the Anthem residential community in Henderson on June 6. The Operation Game Thief (OGT) Citizens’ Board is offering a $500 reward on information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

The ewe was a lactating female and just over a week later, a lamb was also found dead in the immediate vicinity. There were no injuries to the lamb and it was likely the offspring of the illegally killed ewe.

“Whoever killed this ewe is likely responsible for the death of two bighorn sheep in this case,” said Cameron Waithman, the investigating game warden. “Killing a female big game animal of any species at this time of year is very likely to kill the offspring as well.”

At this time of year many of the ewes are caring for lambs born in the spring. Lambs are vulnerable and rely on their mothers to survive the early stages of their life, according to Waithman. As urban sprawl continues to move into wildlife habitat, game wardens are asking the public to be on the lookout for illegal activity and help protect Nevada’s wildlife.

“We don’t have a lot of game wardens in Nevada,” said Waithman. “We really do rely on the public’s help to keep a watchful eye on their wildlife.”

“This was a senseless poaching that in effect killed two animals,” said Don Quilici, a member of the OGT Citizen’s board that is offering the reward. “The killing of this majestic creature must be solved and prosecuted.”

Anyone with information on the poaching can contact Operation Game Thief (OGT) at (800) 992-3030. Callers may be eligible for the $500 reward and calls will remain anonymous.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, restores and manages fish and wildlife, and promotes fishing, hunting, and boating safety. NDOW’s wildlife and habitat conservation efforts are primarily funded by sportsmen’s license and conservation fees and a federal surcharge on hunting and fishing gear. Support wildlife and habitat conservation in Nevada by purchasing a hunting, fishing, or combination license. 


Ongoing Investigation: Deer Poached on Peavine Four Miles West of Stead

Case Study DeerGame wardens are seeking information about a mule deer buck that was shot and killed by a shotgun blast to the face in the evening hours of July 1 on Peavine Mountain. Operation Game Thief (OGT) is offering a $500 reward to help catch the shooter.

Game wardens discovered the completely intact animal ten yards off Peavine Road approximately half way up the mountain in the afternoon of July 2. The entire carcass was left to rot, which is another crime in itself.

“This is a disturbing case of a thrill killing,” said Rob Buonamici, chief game warden with NDOW. “Not only did this person kill the animal illegally, he or she also left the entire animal to waste.”

As is often the case, OGT has stepped up to offer a reward in hopes of generating tips to solve the case. Big game poaching in Nevada is a felony crime. To report wildlife crime, sportsmen and members of the public can call OGT at (800) 992-3030.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, restores and manages fish and wildlife, and promotes fishing, hunting, and boating safety. NDOW’s wildlife and habitat conservation efforts are primarily funded by sportsmen’s license and conservation fees and a federal surcharge on hunting and fishing gear. Support wildlife and habitat conservation in Nevada by purchasing a hunting, fishing, or combination license.