There had to be more in life that being just a biologist. At least that’s how Angie Reisch felt. Having a biology and zoology background, she set out to pursue her interests in the field of conservation and law enforcement. The result? She became Kansas’ first female game warden in 2014.
Angie had now entered a man’s world. But those questioning her gender soon realized that being a woman never deterred her from “arresting wildlife violators or patrolling back roads alone.” In Angie’s view, there’s a great opportunity out here for women. More of them should be in this profession. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that “out of the 5,630 fish and game wardens within the USA, 22% are female.”
It’s not an easy job, and it’s dangerous—the hours often being 24/7. Angie’s office is her state-issued pickup truck—an “office with a view” as she describes it.
“My purpose is to protect the resources, and my primary responsibility is hunting, fishing, and boating law enforcement,” Angie said. Because her duties shift with the seasons, her daily activities can vary drastically as well. Angie’s busiest time is fall and winter. “I can easily work sunup to sundown until the end of deer rifle season,” she added.
Angie spends most of her time in the driver’s seat of her truck, windows rolled down to hear rogue gunfire along dusty back roads and gritty two-tracks. She “keeps it fully stocked with a variety of gear, including an AR-15 assault rifle, flashlights, night-vision goggles, air compressor for her tires, ticket book, paperwork for seizing illegally harvested game, forensics bag, evidence bag, containers for disease sampling, rain gear, toolbox, life jackets. and a tow rope.”
What does Angie most like about her job? “Investigating and making a case,” among those being “spotlighting (using high-powered lights and off-road vehicles to locate nocturnal animals) as well as wildlife poaching reports.” In the springtime, she also enjoys educating the next generation of hunters by conducting training classes for a variety of ages.
Angie has never regretted the decision to become a game warden. She will tell you that even when she has bad days, the positives far outweigh the negatives.