To enforce a ban on shining for wildlife on public ground during the month of November in Michigan, wardens utilize an aerial patrol at night.
Michigan Conservation Officers in the Upper Peninsula have a lengthy snowmobile season to patrol, from sound checks to safe riding on trails.
Game Warden John Lesofski starts his day before sunrise and doesn't wrap up until well past sunset.
C.O.s in Michigan sometimes rely on aerial surveillance to crack down on illegal baiting during the firearm whitetail season.
There are two distinct elk seasons in Michigan, one in August and one in December; patrolling those two seasons couldn't be more different for the Officers in District 3.
Hunters have their downed elk attacked by a grizzly bear and Warden Koeppen investigates a separate dead elk left in a field.
All across Michigan, officers spend the 16 days of the firearm deer season responding to all types of calls. From trespassing to poaching, just when you think you've seen it all, something new pops up.
In District 6, the walleye opener is one of the busiest weekends of the year; a 10-officer patrol works during the weekend to make sure everyone is safe and obeying the law.
Warden Bryan Golie investigates a call of shots fired on private property during the big game season and is in for one long night.
Officers in both the lower and upper peninsula of Michigan work to stop hunters from baiting for bears too early.
The opening week of firearms deer season is extremely active; officers in districts three and six tackle road hunting issues in rural Michigan.
During the opening week, COs and brothers Bill and Shane Webster patrol the state using vastly different strategies; Bill goes on aerial patrol looking for illegal bait piles while Shane works the web to track down offenders.
Montana wardens use everything from a deer decoy to a K-9 to make sure hunters are following the rules.
Looking for antlers on opening day is like a Christmas morning for shed hunters. A few are willing to break the law for a crack at a monster shed. Montana wardens are on the look out for one offender who is no stranger to a run-in with the law.
To slow the spread of CWD, Michigan conservation officers work Opening Day to make sure no deer come in from infected states; the Wildlife Disease Lab checks suspect deer.
Michigan Conservation Officers spend a lot of time enforcing the laws of waterfowl hunting. Using canoes, they work silently across the state's largest game area. It's not all work as one officer oversees a class trip to the pheasant field.
The Fourth of July weekend in Silver Lake State Park is a non-stop party; Michigan conservation officers help patrol the park during this busy time and make keeping the peace their No. 1 priority.
Montana wardens spend a week tracking the killer of two out-of-season deer. Anonymous tips and eye witness accounts keep the wardens hot on a trail filled with many twists and turns.
It's a late night for two Michigan conservation officers as an investigation into a hunting blind on federal property turns into much more.The area is also home to a once nearly extinct bird that is now making a comeback.
Michigan conservation officers investigate a bear killed during the season's opening weekend; a suspicious bag of trash at a state park; the reason why every successful bear hunter has to turn in a tooth from his kill.
A veteran warden works his last season; wardens look back at a decorated career of one of the best.
Wardens set up a decoy to stop road hunting in Region 7. It's not long before they catch a shooter.
Wardens set up a check station in Region 5. When a group of hunters decide to run it, the chase is on!
Ethical hunters make the right decisions every day. This week Wardens find themselves confronted with Bad Decisions.
When Elk start to migrate the days get long. Wardens keep an eye on the herd and find that at night it really gets weird.
Wardens gear up for the last week of the season. The pressure is on, putting the Wardens right in the middle of a Hot Mess.
Region 5 has a rash of illegal elk kills and it's up to the Wardens to investigate the Double Kills.
Wardens do way more than just drive around in trucks and check licenses. This week the region one wardens go off grid to protect Montana's natural resources.
When Wardens stop a truck the first of November with Christmas trees in the back they know something is being hidden. Most likely the truth!
Region 4 Wardens find a deer in the dumpster, multiple deer dumped along side the road and a deer left by a trespasser. It's all in a long day's work!
Wardens get a tip about grey pickup shooting a deer at night; but even joining forces they have a tough time tracking down the Grey Ghost.
Opening weekend mayhem has Wardens running from one call to the next; but not all violations are negligence.
Something is killing deer in the Missoula Valley and it has FWP working overtime to find the culprit.
Drownings happen every summer on Montana's rivers and lakes. Region 1 Warden Chris Crane steps in to save a kayaker while Region 2 Wardens catch friends fishing in the wrong spot.
When a report of an illegal buck surfaces Warden Joe Kambic goes to work to find the shooters. Things heat up for Warden Rick Smauch when he responds to a fire, and Bryan Golie fights the winter weather just to patrol his area.
Block Management is one of the keys to great hunting in Montana but the rules are set. If you are going to break them the Wardens will be there to hold you accountable.
The drought conditions in Montana threaten to close down hunting and fishing in the Treasure State. But dead fish and restrictions are the least of the Warden's worries when the Bears come to town.
Region 3 Wardens chase down a check station runner only to find the hunters have shot a deer - but what and where is the question?
Region 5 Warden Nick Taylor is in the crosshairs when a hunter points a gun directly at him. And in Region 2 Wardens find a huntress with a secret she is hiding.
Region 4 Warden Bryan Golie chases down hunters that dodged a game check station. A nearly four hour investigation reveals exactly what they were hiding.
A man is stopped outside of Billings for lying. Game violations are revealed.
Warden Lesofski looks for those who left elk to rot. Region 2 Wardens get into a situation dealing with their decoy being shot.
A headless deer, a trophy bull elk being poached and an illegally tagged deer keep the Warden's busy.
A small community in Montana was shocked by the killing of over 20 deer. Region 1 Wardens think outside the box to put a stop to this heinous crime.
Questions from Bryan Golie; jet skis and boats come close to colliding.
There are mountain lions, bears and hunters keeping the Wardens busy, after the ranges are opened up.
The Wardens are called in to round up a 1,000 pound bully.
There is a child missing and chaos erupts. The State Game Range is open for antler hunting; but for one hunter, it will be a day he will never forget.
The Warden's day starts early with an opportunity to capture a convicted game violator.
The Wardens are out checking fishermen for licenses.
Warden Jon Obst checks recreational boaters for life vests; Warden Kyle Miller keeps campers informed on guidelines.
On this presentation of the best of Wardens, the hunt for law breakers continues. Not all offenders learn their lesson.
Region 4 Wardens saddle up for a back country patrol, cracking down on illegal activity. In Region 2 the salmon are spawning and the Wardens are on the look out for illegal anglers.
The Wardens receive complaints of poachers. A stakeout gears up to try and catch illegal shooters. Bryan Golie watches as a hunter moves in on an alert elk herd, and Kyle Miller responds to a call from the tip line.
The hunt for law breakers continues. Not all offenders learn their lesson.
Bryan Golie is after suspicious hunters during elk hunting season in Montana; Paul Luepke deals with hunters who shot mule deer does without proper permits.
When your job is protecting our most precious natural resources in some of the nation's most remote areas, there is rarely a dull moment. Wardens chronicles the lives of Conservation Officers in America.
Joe Kambic sets up an elk decoy to help nab illegal hunters; Kqyn Kuka tries to save a deer in the river.
Montana Game Wardens try to control the masses as antler hunters search for their trophies.
Nick Taylor responds to a call about duck hunters shooting over thin ice; Bryan Golie keeps an eye on the Bear Tooth Game Range on opening day of elk season.
The wardens investigate a possible elk harassment case and possible poaching in Montana.
Nick Taylor looks for out-of-town hunters accused of trespassing and illegally killing a mule deer; Lee Burrows responds to a panicked deer hunter calling about a kill.
Wardens deal with a trespassing incident and an early hunting violation in Montana.
Wardens track a potential poacher who took a deer out of season; a warden as he takes his son hunting.
Game wardens search for poachers with a little help from full size decoys and local citizens.
Repeat offenders and people with outstanding warrants.
Montana Game Wardens deal with water issues including littering, under age drinking and the annual Yellowstone Boat Float.
Montana Game Wardens work the opening day of pronghorn season.
Game warden Joe Kambic tries to track down an elk poacher; Brian Golie responds to an elk shootout.
Montana Game Wardens deal with the opening day of deer season.
Bryan Golie, Jeff Darrah, Joe Kambic and John Lasofsky give their insight into what it's like to be Montana Game Wardens.
Wardens deal with conflicting hunting stories.
Wardens come across a gruesome crime and some illegal fishing activity.
A back country patrol in search of poachers; wardens are busy with illegal hunters and anglers.
Wardens deal with a giant black bear and people running their check station.
Game wardens are out catching poachers with an elk decoy, tracking down trespassers and checking tags.
Action near Seeley Lake.
Montana Game Wardens are on the lookout for illegal hunters.
Tracking a pesky bear who has been digging through the neighbor's trash.
A 5-year-old poacher case comes to a close.
A couple of wardens face off with early season anglers; open water rescue techniques.
Game wardens deal with a missing child who has been dragged off by a bear.
Wardens conduct a mule deer decoy operation in the Wolf Creek area of Montana.
Montana game wardens deploy elk decoys hoping to catch poachers.
A hunter injures himself in the woods; wardens chase hunters that don't stop at the check station.
Wardens monitor hunting activity on big horn sheep; confiscated trophy animals; Flathead Lake on the fourth of July.
Montana wardens track down suspected poachers.
Montana game wardens attend field training to prepare for opening day of waterfowl season.
Game Wardens patrol popular waterways in Montana.
Montana's game wardens patrol the Bitterroot game area.
A littering stop turns into more; anglers break the rules; a warden stops a domestic assault.
It's elk season and the wardens check for compliance with hunting laws.
Record snowfall has made the waters treacherous and the wardens must ensure the safety and legal compliance of the boaters.
Montana Wardens look into illegally taken antlers.
Targeting illegal off-road vehicle usage; patroling along the Missouri River.
The best of season one.
Dealing with poachers.
Wardens set up a game checkpoint.
Wardens encounter a crowd after busting antler poachers.
Pursue elk poachers.
Wardens prepare for a crazy weekend.
Multiple elk down in grizzly country.
Water safety checks and a camper on private land.
Region 7 runs a decoy sting the day before the season opens.
Region 1 firearms training and region 5 river watch.
Recreation fishing on the Tongue River Reservoir State Park.
Anglers snag paddlefish on the Yellowstone River.