Tyler Turnipseed was named Chief Game Warden for the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) Monday. He is the fifth Chief Game Warden in NDOW’s history, a position that oversees all game wardens in Nevada. Game wardens enforce wildlife and boating safety laws across the state, in rural areas and on Nevada’s waterways.
Turnipseed is relocating to Reno from Winnemucca where he spent 10 years as the sole game warden for the community.
“We’re excited to promote such a well-respected game warden into the chief’s job,” said NDOW Director Tony Wasley. “With over 16 years of experience as a Nevada Game Warden, he has demonstrated excellence as a wildlife enforcement professional.”
Turnipseed started his career with NDOW as a college intern in 1992 in Elko, three weeks after graduating high school in Minden, Nev. He holds a Bachelor of Science in biology with an option in fish and wildlife management from Montana State University, Bozeman. Turnipseed became a game warden in August 1998 and during his career has worked in every region of the state and in many of NDOW’s divisions.
His commitment to wildlife resources and enforcement is evident in his specialized training in areas such as wildlife field forensics, hunting related shooting incidents and boating collision investigation and reconstruction.
As part of a new attempt to better reach the community and sportsmen, Turnipseed will be tweeting out public information on twitter under the handle of @Chief_GW_NV.
“We’d like to better use technology to reach out to the sporting public and to help identify and stop wildlife crime,” Turnipseed said.
Turnipseed is replacing former Chief Game Warden Rob Buonamici who retired earlier this year after he spent more than a decade in the job and nearly 35 years as a Game Warden for NDOW.
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