Specialized Teams: How Texas Game Wardens have Diversified and Expanded for Various Needs
See this November 2019 article about our diversified and expanded needs from the Texas Wildlife Association's Texas Wildlife magazine.
Game Warden Strategic Plan
Our agency mission is to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
The Law Enforcement Division Vision is, as Texas Game Wardens, to proudly honor and respect our heritage while embracing the future. We continue to take progressive steps to improve our culture and practices to better serve and protect the natural resources and people of Texas.
Midwest Association Officer of the Year Award
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is proud to recognize Victoria County Game Warden Jon Kocian as its recipient of the 2020 Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies officer of the year award. Jon graduated from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2002. Jon was accepted into the 49th Texas Game Warden Academy Class and proudly graduated in 2003. Jon has loyally served his communities in Victoria County as “their game warden” for over 17 years. Jon is married to his wife Amanda, and they have three children Aubry, Chelsea, and Kyle.
Sky Rescue: Helicopter Search and Rescue Team
“Any natural disaster and we will go.” Since 1895 our Texas Game Wardens have played a critical role in protecting Texas. They are here to help the citizens of Texas with an integrated team of professionals.
From well-trained helicopter pilots to K-9 teams to sonar-equipped dive teams, they risk their lives to protect others. From swift water rescue boats to helicopter hoists, there is no value that can be placed upon losing a human life.
Your Texas Game Wardens strive to maintain funding levels to have an appropriate response to persons in need in Texas.