Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers, commonly called game wardens, interact with thousands of outdoorsmen annually in a variety of settings.
Basic compliance checks for the proper licenses and bag and creel limits account for the majority of interactions with the hunting, angling and boating public. Officers strive to keep these interruptions as brief as possible so that you may return to your activity.
It is common to experience anxiety when approached by a uniformed law enforcement officer. What you may not realize is that the officer may be experiencing some anxiety as well. Conservation Enforcement Officers often work in remote areas and regularly encounter people with firearms, knives and bows. If on water patrol, they come across people who have been boating all day in the hot sun and could be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The goal of any officer you meet is to have a safe and positive experience−for them and for you! With these things in mind, here are a few common courtesy practices to aid in achieving that goal.