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ISSUE 102

Reciprocated Penalties

The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact (IWVC) is a useful tool for both hunters and law enforcement officials in administering justice in a prudent and efficient manner when it comes to handling the enforcement of wildlife laws across the land. Initially, states had a significant problem in dealing with non-resident hunters when it came to issuing citations for game violations. The process was cumbersome, tedious, time-consuming and wasteful of resources. In response, Colorado and Nevada began drafting a plan in the 1980’s to deal with such instances to speed up the process, save time and focus wildlife management resources in more useful ways. In 1989, Colorado and Nevada morphed their versions of their respective plans into the earliest version of the IWVC and both states adopted it along with Oregon that same year. Since then, many other states have agreed to participate in the use of the IWVC to offer more efficient ways to manage resources and enforce wildlife violations across state lines.