Law Enforcement Division

The Law Enforcement Division is responsible for protecting Georgia's wildlife populations by enforcing laws, rules and regulations pertaining to game and nongame animals, threatened and endangered plants and animals, exotic animals, boating safety, litter and waste control and other natural resource issues. 

 

 

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A Conservation Ranger (more commonly known as "Game Warden") is a peace officer certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.
A Conservation Ranger enforces wildlife, environmental, boating, and other State and Federal laws, rules, and regulations in assigned areas.  Patrols are made by vehicle, boat, aircraft, ATV and mostly on foot.

Law Enforcement Division

The Law Enforcement Division is responsible for protecting Georgia's wildlife populations by enforcing laws, rules and regulations pertaining to game and nongame animals, threatened and endangered plants and animals, exotic animals, boating safety, litter and waste control and other natural resource issues. The LE division also administers the state's hunter education and boating safety programs. Conservation Rangers investigate violations of wildlife laws, as well as hunting and boating incidents. Rangers also conduct classes and programs to educate citizens about wildlife laws and safety practices. Contact us to locate your local DNR office or Conservation Ranger in your area

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Glascock County Ranger Wins DNR Law Enforcement’s 2015 Rocky Wainwright Waterfowl Officer of the Year Award for Second Consecutive Year


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. – Perseverance, tactical knowledge and the dedication to work late nights and early mornings are required to effectively enforce the waterfowl laws of the state. According to the Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Division, Ranger First Class Brian Adams, who is assigned to Glascock and Warren counties, excelled in all of those areas and more when, earlier this week, they presented him with the 2015 Rocky Wainwright Waterfowl Officer of the Year award for the second straight year.

 “Winning this award two years in a row is proof that RFC Adams consistently does outstanding work in the area of waterfowl law enforcement. Understanding the federal and state laws and also having the skillset to deliver effective and fair enforcement is something that Brian displays every time he puts on the uniform,” said DNR Law Enforcement Director Colonel Eddie Henderson. “I am proud of him and commend the other nominees for their work in conserving our natural resources.”


During 2014, RFC Adams
logged over 200 hours of waterfowl enforcement in several east Georgia counties and on Clarks Hill Lake. His enthusiasm and expertise in knowing where to be and when to be there resulted in over 50 enforcement contacts. His documented violations include hunting after legal hours, possession of lead shot, unplugged shotguns, hunting out of season, and a number of other hunting and license violations. 


Six other Rangers statewide were also nominated for the 2015 Rocky Wainwright Waterfowl Officer of the Year award. They are CPL Eric Brown - Region I (northwest GA), Rgr. Shane Brown - Region II (northeast GA), Rgr. Matt Johnson - Region IV (west central GA), CPL Greg Wade - Region V (southwest GA), CPL Tommy Daughtrey - Region VI (south central GA) and Rgr. Patrick Gibbs – Region VII (coastal GA).

“I congratulate RFC Adams on receiving this award, as his hard work has proven he deserves it. His efforts positively affect the quality of life for the citizens in east central Georgia,” said DNR Commissioner Mark Williams. “I greatly appreciate all of our Rangers’ contributions to conservation law enforcement.  They tirelessly work to ensure that the citizens of Georgia are safe, educated and compliant with the laws that will conserve our natural resources for many generations.”