Thinking back, I've had a lot of contacts with Wildlife Troopers while in the field in the last 12 months:
- I was license-checked at a time I was neither hunting nor fishing nor had been (I was gathering firewood). I didn't have to show'm but I did, thinking it would help the Trooper by giving him another "contact" to record in his shift log.
- I was licensed checked while dipnetting. Fins clipped, permit marked for all concealed fish, I was reminded to record the fish that were in the open before cooler-ing or moving; I finished the sentence for the trooper to let him know I did know, and I would.
- I contacted the troopers by cellphone to let them know a group (J & C) I had been hunting next to was quite probably in trouble since the water had risen dangerously.
- The next day I stopped to talk to the trooper that was there on the spot - I mentioned J&C were likely in trouble. Very helpful guy and nice too; he license-checked me. I had screwed up by not signing my hunting license and also by not writing down a drawn-permit number on that license. He asked me to do that right away and I did (I guess that would be called a verbal warning). Then he asked me if I wanted a half full can of gas he'd found floating down the river; it had "JM" on it and I told him that this pretty much meant J&C WERE in trouble like I'd voiced. I took the can. Then he went and found party J&T who were also in trouble due to high water and who'd I'd helped 2 days previous, to assure they were not in current danger.
- I put JM's gas can next to his truck.
- The next day J&T killed a wheeler; I offered to guide their rescue crews in to their site. Two separate crews came and I got'm both there. But wheeler still dead. I called this in to the troopers to appraise them.
- The next day I pulled T's dead wheeler out and 10 miles back to their truck, almost flipping my 700 Grizzly. Close call. I call troopers again to let them know J&T are out OK now, but J&C still missing. Troopers say they'll flyover.
- The next day J&C appear, pulling a dead wheeler (high water and flipover ate it). They tell me they'd wished they'd told someone they were back there, just in case; I told them I had called the troopers and now they need to, so trooper flyover doesn't waste needless gas. They needed gas so I told them where I'd put their gas and they used that. Their trailer ball was cross threaded on the dead wheeler so I give them the ball off my wheeler and shadowed their successful retrieval of their trailer.
I'm pretty happy with the troopers, myself. Though as you can see I was not mistake-free. Every one of them were great to meet and talk with. I always seek them out to exchange info about hunters and game each of us have seen. Very helpful and professional.