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Officer of the Month 

Last Updated: 12/03/07

December 2007

Officer Waldrip (right) assisting in bighorn sheep capture
Officer Waldrip (right) assisting with bighorn sheep capture
Officer Waldrip transplanting wild turkey
Officer Waldrip transplanting wild turkeys


Josh Waldrip

Duty Station:


Special Area of Responsibility/Game Mgmt Units:

Game Management Units 40 (North), 41, and 42, Ute and Conchas Lakes, Canadian River


B.S. in Wildlife Science, New Mexico State University, 2002

Length of Service:

4+ yrs.

Specialty or Interest:

Hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

Current Projects/Assignments:

Finishing up a busy hunting season. Investigating wildlife law violations. Working late season elk hunt patrol, waterfowl and upland game hunts. Assisting with Hunter Education classes.

Best Thing About the Job:

The wonderful outdoor office and the diversity that comes along with it. Having the opportunity to work for and with wildlife.

Most Common Question People Have:

Anglers fishing without a fishing license ask. "Well, can I just buy a fishing license from you?"


By accepting a "Penalty Assessment" citation, a person admits guilt, signs the citation and is allowed to continue fishing for 15 days, while in possession of the penalty assessment citation. The person also agress to pay all fines and fees within 30 days but in return will get a fishing license in the mail that is good for the rest of the fishing license year (expiring every March 31).  If no payment is recieved, the Department will place the person on revocation.  

Contact Information:

Phone: 505-461-9750   E-mail:

Other Important Info:

Please report poaching by calling 1-800-432-4263. They are stealing your wildlife!