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Behind the Badge

Warden on a sea doo

A New Way to Work the Water

Sometimes a little innovation can go a long way towards improving your job. Read this week's Behind the Badge by warden Drew Johnson.
 

Back of trailered boat on a boat ramp

Remember to Put the Boat Plug Back In

Have you ever had that nagging feeling that you forgot something...maybe something kind of important? Warden Mike Raasakka knows that feeling. Read his story in this week's Behind the Badge.

License on old style typewriter with "fake" written across it

The Blundering Poachers

Poachers often attempt to cover up their less than legal activities, sometimes even layering on additional crimes in the attempt. Add to that a little overconfident risk tolerance and you get people like the anglers in this week's Behind the Badge by warden Sam Feldmann.

Deer looking through brush

The Next Hill

A game warden’s job is anything but predictable and can go from monotonous to rewarding in the time it takes to drive over the next hill. Read more in this week’s Behind the Badge by warden Kylor Johnston.

Drawing of the feet of someone who fell in the water with a can flying

Combinations that are Never a Good Idea

What happens when you combine poor decision making, boats and alcohol? Find out in this week's Behind the Badge with warden Mike Sedlacek.

Digital drawing of deer head

The Job Shadow

Job shadowing is a great way to show people the realities of a profession, including the good, the bad and the really...well, let's say unappetizing. In this week's Behind the Badge, warden Courtney Sprenger tells the story of a job shadow that didn't stint on reality.

Cow elk

When Illegal Becomes too Illegal

In this week's Behind the Badge, warden Jonathan Tofteland recalls a case where honest mistake and intentional misconduct intermix.

Badlands

Stewards of the Land

In this week's Behind the Badge, warden Joshua Hedstrom gives some simple tips for being a conscientious steward of the land.

Snare

Things Are Not Always as They Appear

So what do you do when that foolproof plan to find a lawbreaker turns out to be rather less than foolproof? You improvise. Read one such story in this week's Behind the Badge by warden Corey Erck.

Stick figures talking

Small Talk

Sometimes the impulse to indulge in unmindful small talk can lead down unexpected paths as in this Behind the Badge by warden Zane Manhart.

Rescue team

The Moose

A district game warden often serves as the go-to person for wildlife concerns in their community. An incident in 2020 highlighted this when a moose, stuck in a muddy wetland, was assisted by warden Erik Schmidt and a local veterinarian.

Drawing of lynx in garage

Adventures and Misadventures in the Wild North

Like most jobs, a game warden's workday is often routine, but when routine ends, things get interesting. District game warden Ken Skuza shares some examples in this week's Behind the Badge.

Boats on Devil's Lake

On Duty at Devils Lake

On the waters of Devils Lake, the role of a game warden extends far beyond enforcing fishing and hunting regulations. Find out how in this Behind the Badge by game warden Jonathan Peterson.

Turkey vulture flying

It's Not What it Looks Like

The question, "Do my eyes deceive me", gets an answer in this week's Behind the Badge by game warden Zachary Biberdorf.

Northern pike lying on the ice

Sometimes Work Finds You

For many, getting some time away from work is as simple as leaving the office (and turning off that cell phone). But if your office extends beyond four walls, getting away can be a bit more challenging.

Footprints in snow

Trust

In a law enforcement career, the foundation of teamwork, cooperation, and safety is trust, as shown in this Behind the Badge by district game warden Connor Folkers.
 

Drawing of two men arguing

Sibling Spats

Most adult siblings manage to resolve disagreements by talking over their issues. However, some take other routes, as shown in this week's Behind the Badge by game warden Andrew Dahlgren.

Pheasant rooster running in snow

The Interview

Conducting an effective suspect interview can be challenging...or, sometimes, not so much. Read one warden’s story in this week's Behind the Badge by game warden Alan Howard.

Feet of person walking in fall leaves

Becoming a Game Warden

The road to becoming a game warden: How one man turned his love of hunting and fishing into a career.

Three moose near trees

Cases of Mistaken Identity

We all make mistakes and when you make one while hunting, calling a game warden and coming clean is really the best option, as evidenced by this Behind the Badge with game warden Keenan Snyder.

Cartoon deer jumping off an overpass

One Deer, Two Permits

"Waste not, want not" is a motto to live by, but sometimes it can cause a little conflict, as in this Behind the Badge by game warden Jerad Bluem.

Walleye

Pushing the Limit

How many walleye is too many? Find out in this Behind the Badge by warden Riley Gerding.

Buck

Get the Gun!

In early November, a local landowner made a peculiar call. Their account of a buck encounter left us skeptical, prompting further investigation. Find out more in this Behind the Badge by warden Alan Howard.

Meadowlark

The Importance of Species Identification

While obvious to most, a big part of being a good hunter is knowing what the species you're hunting looks like, but there are those who struggle a bit with this aspect of hunting. Read one such story in this Behind the Badge by warden Mike Sedlacek.

Buck running

Over the Hill

Avoiding a collision with a fleeing buck led to an encounter with a hunter whose excitement at the hunt overrode not only his compliance with rules but also common sense. Read this week’s Behind the Badge by warden Alan Howard.

Whitetail

The Circle of Death

We hunt to put food on the table and to experience the satisfaction of spending time outdoors in pursuit of wild game. But hunting also entails responsibility. Ignoring those responsibilities can give us all a bad reputation. Read more in this week’s Behind the Badge by warden Daniel Hoenke.

Goose decoy in field

Misunderstood Regulations

Taking the time to understand hunting regulations before you go into the field can not only keep you in compliance with the law, it can help you avoid missed opportunities as game warden Erik Schmidt shows in this week’s Behind the Badge.

Wetlands in fall

Boat and Water Safety - It’s not just for the warm weather months

History tells us that the fall is the deadliest time of year for boating fatalities. Learn more in this week's Behind the Badge by enforcement operations supervisor Jackie Lundstrom.