Game Warden

Insignia and History Site

hosted by G.W. Lister
British Columbia Conservation Officer (retired)
Game Warden Historian and Insignia Collector

I worked as a forest assistant, park ranger and fishery guardian beginning in 1981, and most recently I was a conservation officer in British Columbia for 29 years. For most of my conservation officer career I was a collector of  patches, flashes and badges from specific Fish and Wildlife enforcement agencies.  I have also researched the history of the BC Conservation Officer Service and put together a history display of the agency which was used at the 2005 NAWEOA conference as well as at our Provincial Museum.   I also put together displays for the agencies that border on BC and work with our officers on a regular basis.

There are links below to let you view many of the items I have collected  and the displays I have put together.

I also collect and enjoy Game Warden books and for 12 years I wrote a column on the subject in International Game Warden magazine

I was the COS historical expert beginning around 2003, and became the official COS History & Heritage Specialist in 2016, until my retirement in 2021.

Enjoy and happy collecting.  Bookmark now so you can come back soon.

British Columbia History Links

History of BC Conservation Officer Service - COS Official website historical information

Direct links to historical booklets that I put together for the COS' 110th Anniversary in 2015:

1905-1918, The Beginning (PDF, 7.3MB)

1918-1929, BC Police Years (PDF, 6.7MB)

1929-1957, Game Department (PDF, 21.6MB)

1957-1980, The Branch (PDF, 18.1MB)

100 Years of Integrity, Service and Protection, A History of Conservation Officers in BC - text of 2005 International Game Warden Magazine article that I wrote.

My Collecting Links

DISPLAYS of (almost) all current
North American Conservation Officer patches

 Patches and Badges that I am looking for

The Warden's Words - Book Page

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Moosecop's Main Page last update Sept 26, 2021

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