Operation Game Thief

September, 2021

  • 8 September

    See a wildlife crime, earn a reward

    Operation Game Thief (OGT) is a New Mexico Department of Game and Fish program that offers rewards to citizens who turn in poachers. The OGT program is a Crime Stoppers program for wildlife. Operation Game Thief began here in New Mexico in 1977. The program was modeled after the first …

May, 2020

  • 28 May

    Anonymous tip leads to conviction of poacher

    New Mexico Department of Game and Fish conservation officer Andrew Jolliff inspecting some of the equipment he uses during investigations. Department photo by Cody Johnston.

    If we go back more than 40 years ago to 1977, the Department of Game and Fish began to realize that poaching was a wider problem than they initially suspected and started to look into ways of stopping poachers. With that in mind, they also realized that what they were …

December, 2019

  • 23 December

    Poaching conviction leads to six years in prison

    An Operation Game Thief (OGT) tip received in 2017 regarding possible wildlife poaching near Calico Peak in southeastern New Mexico has led to the felony conviction of a 23-year-old man from Hagerman. Tyler Gilmore pled guilty to four counts of unlawful taking of big game and was sentenced last August …

June, 2019

  • 13 June

    Turn tips into cash by calling Operation Game Thief

    Operation Game Thief (OGT), a New Mexico Department of Game and Fish program, offers rewards to citizens who turn in poachers. The OGT program is a Crime Stoppers program for wildlife that began here in New Mexico in 1977. In fact, the program was modeled after the first Crime Stoppers …

October, 2016

  • 28 October

    Help catch poachers

    A bull elk killed by a poacher and left in a field to rot. Photo, New Mexico Wildlife magazine, NMDGF

    Those spending time outdoors can help catch poachers. Whether spending time in the field on a hunt, fishing at a favorite lake or simply recreating outdoors, the eyes and ears of the public can be vital in catching those doing wrong. Acts such as illegally stocking goldfish or poaching a …