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Wildlife Enforcement Decoy (WED)

The WED program was established in 1991.  The program has expanded to involve more wildlife species and genders.  The "animal" decoys include turkey, mule deer, blacktail deer, whitetail deer, Roosevelt Elk, and Rocky Mountain Elk.
The primary goal of the WED program is for wildlife troopers and violators to be in the same place at the same time, thus giving the ability to catch a violator, without the loss of wildlife. 


2013 Statistics: 

  • 130 WED Operations Statewide
  • 95 Day Operations, 35 Night
  • 320.45 Operation Hours
  • 242.25 Day Operation Hours, 78.2 Night
  • 653.65 Man Hours
  • 569.65 Trooper Hours
  • 84 Retired, Volunteer, and Interagency Hours
  • 58 Sworn Troopers
  • 6 Operations Conducted during Closed Season
  • 680 Vehicles Drove by Decoy
  • 369 Vehicles Observed Decoy
  • 79 Vehicles Fired at Decoy
  • 59 Citations Issued  
Examples of charges: 
  • Aiding in a Wildlife Violation
  • Hunt with Artificial Light
  • Hunt from Roadway or Motor Vehicle
  • Fail to Validate
  • Hunting on Enclosed Lands of Another
  • Hunting Prohibited Area / Hours
  • No License / Tag
  • Taking Deer Closed Season