North American Game Warden Museum

Wardens At Work

What Is A Game Warden...

Game Warden on the Job.

The Wildlife Conservation profession was born with the recognition that natural resources are exhaustible and must be protected.

Game Wardens have been on the front line of wildlife conservation for centuries – working with or without uniforms, tools, public support or cooperative systems. Long before federal legislation was conceived or enacted, Wildlife Enforcement Officers protected endangered species.

Illinois Conservation Police Officer on patrol.

Law Enforcement

Whether called Game Warden, Conservation Officers, Natural Resource Officers or numerous other professional titles, our profession is the most dangerous of all law enforcement. Officers work primarily alone, all hours of the day and night routinely in remote locations without backup support. Most contacts involve armed individuals, many with unlawful intent. 

Wildlife Management

Wildlife Agencies are deeply involved in managing wildlife beyond the scope of Law Enforcement.  Equipment and manpower to improve habitat through planting, controlling invasive species, scientific studies, creating and improving wetlands, ponds and lakes, and re-introduction of native species.  Officers rescue sick and injured wildlife working with wildlife rehabilitators to hopefully return them to the wild. 

Education and Youth Involvement

Game Wardens are the “faces” of the agencies they represent, not just in the field, but in public meetings, sportsmen and women organizations, church groups, Scout organizations and schools.

Wardens are depended upon to work with youth, teaching respect for and the value of nature, conservation and wildlife. In addition, they are expected to influence experienced and new hunters and fishermen to sportsmanship, fair chase and the all-important gun and hunter safety.