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Behind the Badge

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The Illusive Snipe

Have you ever been on a snipe hunt? Some refer to a snipe hunt as a prank, but snipe hunting can be an enjoyable pastime. Learn more in this post from Warden Greg Hastings.

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The Chase

 Spotting “shiners” is relatively easy, catching them...sometimes not so much. Read Warden Phalen’s story in this week’s Behind the Badge.

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The Bird Dog

The solo hunter is only so effective, yet when paired with a good bird dog, the success rate for the team can be substantial. This holds true when hunting game and when looking for poachers. Read Warden Pilot Jeffery Sieger story in this Behind the Badge.

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Other Duties as Assigned

The job of a game warden is multifaceted, pulling heavily on skills common to other careers such as communications and education. Learn more in this Behind the Badge with Warden Michael Sedlacek.


My Path to Becoming a Game Warden in North Dakota

From Iowa to North Dakota, one game warden’s journey.

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The Mind of a Child

When teaching kids, it is easy to wonder just how much of what you say sticks in their minds, and sometimes you can be happily surprised by just what they do retain. Read one warden’s experience in this week’s Behind the Badge.

Drawing of walleye in a chest freezer in the back of a truck

A Quirk of Fate

Sometimes when a RAP call comes in the case is solved and perpetrators held to account quickly. Sometimes it takes time and a little luck to solve a case. Read one warden’s story in this week’s Behind the Badge.

Buck in a Buick trunk

Buck in a Buick

So is it possible to hide an adult deer in the trunk of a Buick? Lamentably, one less than principled fellow decided to find out. Read the story in this Behind the Badge with Warden Jon Peterson.

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The Ride-Along

When a neighbor asked for a ride-along with Warden Corey Erck, Erck was concerned the ride might be boring. It wasn't. Read the story in this week's Behind the Badge.

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Be Prepared when Hunting with Dogs

Taking some simple precautions when hunting with a dog can make the difference between a satisfying hunt and a regrettable one. Learn more in this Behind the Badge with Game Warden Josh Hedstrom.

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Not Your 8 to 5 Job

For many working regular hours is desirable. But others, like our game wardens, prefer a little more variety in their lives as is evidenced by this post from Game Warden Corey Erck.

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Double Trippers

Some people just don't think that game and fish laws apply to them, as Warden Michael Raasakka shows in this Behind the Badge.

Kid shorefishing

Learning to Fish

While enforcement is a large part of a game warden's job, sometimes it is the side duties that have the most impact. Learn more in this Behind the Badge by Game Warden Zane Manhart.

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Avoiding Trouble

In this Behind the Badge, Warden Kenneth Skuza offers some simple tips to smooth your summer boating experience.

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The Ill-Advised Float Trip

The link between actions and probable consequences sometimes escapes us when we’re young as was the case with the young gentlemen in this Behind the Badge by Warden Shawn Sperling.


The Paddlefish

Paddlefish season in North Dakota generally lasts just 2-3 weeks each spring and is never boring for game wardens. Read some of their stories in this post by Warden Keenan Snyder.

Award winners

North Dakota Peace Officers Association Lifesaving Award

Game wardens Jerad Bluem and Jeff Sieger have been awarded the North Dakota Peace Officers Association Lifesaving Award for their role in saving the life of a boater. 

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Technologically Challenged

Technology, as is so often the case, is a double-edged sword both for those who hunt and fish and for those tasked with enforcing hunting and fishing laws, as is evidenced by this post by Game Warden Erik Schmidt.

Girl ice fishing

A First

Sometimes it is the little things you remember most as demonstrated in this post by Game Warden Michael Sedlacek.

Poaching Charges - Boutilier

The McLean County States Attorney’s office has charged Gordon Boutilier, Hazen, with exploitation of wildlife, a class C felony. Boutilier is accused of repeatedly hunting and fishing when his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges were under suspension.


Becoming a Game Warden

Getting hired is just the first step in becoming a game warden. Learn more about the extensive training new wardens receive in this post by Game Warden Blake Riewer.

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District Game Warden Employment Opportunity (Spring 2022)

Testing Announcement – The Department will be holding a test for a District Game Warden position on May 24, 2022 in Bismarck, ND.

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A Day in the Life of (Installment 3)

There are 32 field game wardens in North Dakota to cover the state’s approximately 70,700 square miles. Get a feel for what the job is like in this post by Game Warden Peter Miley.

Wardens working in the field

The Year-Round Busy Season

With each of North Dakota’s seasons comes a shift in focus for the state’s game wardens. Follow one warden, Joseph Lucas, through the seasons in this Behind the Badge.

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A Day in the Life of (Installment 2)...

In this post, ride along with District Game Warden Connor Folkers as he navigates a day in the life of a game warden.

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Oh the Things You’ll Hear…

A sense of humor is virtually a job requirement for game wardens. Learn why in this Behind the Badge.

White-tailed deer fighting

Lessons Learned

Oftentimes in the field things don't go according to plan which can sometimes make a day on the job as a game warden...well...a wee bit problematic.

Dead cow moose

Moose Poaching - Request for Information

Between the hours of 5:00 p.m. on February 24 and 8:00 a.m. on February 25, 2022, a cow moose was shot and left to rot on the side of the road approximately 1 mile south of Hanks, ND in Williams County.