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Texas Game Warden (c. 1972)

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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  •  The game wardens sit around and talk about the early days of being warden and starting salaries.  
  •  Game warden tell stories about being on the job 
  •  Welcoming new recruits  
  •  Elements of the training program: physical exercise, biology, law enforcement training, and hand to hand combat. 
  •  The care and use of firearms  
  •  Learning how to keep proper records and educating the public 
  •  Enforcing the Water Safety Act; patrolling Texas water to check for water safety requirements 
  •  Training during a real fire emergency 
  •  The role of game wardens in helping Texas enjoy our natural resources 
  •  Game wardens protect us against illegal fishing 
  •  A game warden’s dinner with his family is interrupted by work. He heads out to apprehend illegal deer hunters in a car chase.  
  •  Game wardens sit around the fire and talk again; conclusion  
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This educational film from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department profiles the Game Wardens that protect and enforce laws in Texas state parks. The film begins with Game Wardens exchanging stories, then takes a look at the extensive training they endure and the myriad of responsibilities the officers have in enforcing hunting and fishing laws, boat safety rules, and emergency response.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department provides outdoor recreational opportunities by managing and protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat and acquiring and managing parklands and historic areas. It has inherited the functions of many state entities created to protect Texas' natural resources. In 1895 the legislature created the Fish and Oyster Commission to regulate fishing. The Game Department was added to the commission in 1907. The State Parks Board was created as a separate entity in 1923. In the 1930s, projects of the federal Civilian Conservation Corps added substantially to the state's parklands. In 1951, the term oyster was dropped from the wildlife agency's name, and in 1963, the State Parks Board and the Game and Fish Commission were merged to form the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department under the administration of Governor John B. Connally. The legislature placed authority for managing fish and wildlife resources in all Texas counties with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department when it passed the Wildlife Conservation Act in 1983. Previously, commissioners courts had set game and fish laws in many counties, and other counties had veto power over department regulations. Currently, TPWD operates 114 state parks and historical sites, 51 wildlife management areas, and eight fish hatcheries. 
(from the TWPD website)