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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – An avid outdoorsman all his life, Zach Fisher in June realized his dream of spending his working hours outside, protecting the land and wildlife.
Fisher is the newest game warden for Childress and Hall counties.
“At a young age, I was blown away with how professional and powerful Warden Gary Self was,” Fisher recalled. “I thought to myself, this must be the best job in the entire world.”
Fisher met Self when his family was faced with an issue many property owners face – poachers. “My family had a poacher who seemed to be poaching several mule deer while they came to water late at night,” said Fisher, who grew up working on a ranch in Memphis.
Since that meeting, Fisher said he knew he wanted to be a game warden and wouldn’t stop at anything less.
“By being proactive, game wardens can see positive impacts not only to natural resources but also to their respective communities.”
The duties of a Texas Game Warden include the enforcement of all state laws as well as hunting, fishing and water safety regulations, according to a release from Texas Parks and Wildlife. As fully commissioned peace officers, they respond to emergencies, assist other law enforcement agencies and work to educate the public about conservation issues.
To Fisher, being the new game warden for Childress and Hall counties holds the utmost importance to him. He wants residents to know he is here to help and serve them. Fisher added he truly considers himself home and wants the public to know they can trust him.
“There is no higher sense of pride than to know you are protecting the natural resources of Texas as well as protecting the community,” Fisher said. “I grew up around the area and take great responsibility being able to watch over it.”
A 2015 graduate of Memphis High School, Fisher earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in range and wildlife management in December 2018 from Angelo State University.
The day after graduation, Fisher took the physical readiness test for the game warden academy, which is the first step in the hiring process, he said.
Then, in June 2019, he found out he was an alternate for the 63rd Game Warden Class.
“I received a phone call telling me that I was being accepted into the big leagues and to pack my bags,” Fisher said. “I took off for the Game Warden Training Center and didn’t look back.”
In June 2020, following seven months of training, the 63rd Texas Game Warden cadet class moved into their assigned duty stations, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife release.
Before becoming a game warden, he served approximately five years on the Memphis Volunteer Fire Department.
Fisher also said he is excited to work with local agencies, including the sheriff’s office, fire and police departments to assist in maintaining the peace and safety of the public.
“I’m looking forward to being able to protect the natural resources, so future generations of outdoorsmen can enjoy the same luxuries I was able to experience growing up,” Fisher said. “I look forward to being involved in the communities I serve, whether it be volunteering or assisting with community functions.”