A fish and game warden is a specialized law enforcement employee who works to ensure the safety and soundness of the natural environment and people within it. The warden inspects fishing and hunting permits and enforces season restrictions on these activities. He or she also can cite any hunters or fishers for unsafe conduct, as well as inspect all yields from hunting and fishing to ensure that legal limits are observed. Fish and game wardens can be found in wildlife areas, designated nature preserves, and popular hunting and fishing areas.
Fish and game wardens typically spend much of their workday patrolling docks and waterways to check for fishing compliance. During hunting seasons, they can also be found on backroads and lesser roadways in wildlife areas, seeking out staging areas where hunters may begin or end their daily activities. The warden also ensures that all laws within the jurisdiction regarding safe behavior are observed. This can include citing hunters or fishers who are seen behaving recklessly, consuming excess alcohol or otherwise breaking the law. Wardens help to enforce seasonal hunting ordinances, as well as ensures that fish caught in water areas meet legal limits.
Most fish and game wardens begin their careers by obtaining an associate's or bachelor's degree in a related discipline. The warden may be required to attend law enforcement classes as well. Typically, wardens intern at places such as state and national parks during college to gain practical experience. Most wardens split their time between a gaming office and field work in a variety of vehicles that can include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and boats.
Fish and Game Warden Tasks
Patrol areas to enforce fish and game laws.
Conduct hunting accident investigations.
Relocate wildlife posing a threat to the public.
Investigate crop, livestock, and property wildlife damage.