If you were thinking about slipping in some illegal hunting this winter you may want to think again. According to the Division of Wildlife Resources, conservation officers are focusing their efforts during the winter on the areas where deer congregate with a sole focus of catching poachers. DWR Captain Mitch Lane says poachers tend to be enticed by the large groups of deer gathered together on ranges at the lower elevations during the winter. This behavior helps wildlife officers because it helps them know where poaching is most likely to take place. The officers are also being sure to cover remote areas in their district as well. “If there’s an area in Utah that attracts deer in the winter,” shares Lane, “our officers know about it and will be watching it.” Patrols are underway and will remain in effect until the deer shed their antlers this spring. The DWR also appreciates the public’s help in reporting poaching or suspicious behavior. The Turn-in-a-Poacher hotline is 1-800-662-3337.