Salute the Badge: Fort Riley Game Warden has a passion for the outdoors

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FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Lieutenant Adam Hastert is a Fort Riley Game Warden with a passion for the outdoors.

Not many of us always knew what we wanted to be when we grew up but, Lt. Hastert did. Becoming a Game Warden has always been his dream.

“I remember I wrote a paper in grade school about becoming a game warden and really when I think back there’s nothing else I really wanted to do or had an interest in,” explained Hastert. “It probably came from my experience in the outdoors growing up I had a family that was really big into hunting and I spent a lot of time in the outdoors,” said Hastert.

He started off mowing parks and cleaning toilets as a teen-then went on to graduate from Kansas State University with a Bachelors degree in Park Management.

Now Lt. Hastert’s been a Fort Riley game warden for 10 years and spends most days outdoors.

“Every day is definitely a new adventure. For the most part we will protect our natural and cultural resources,” explained Hastert.

He enjoys the diversity of his job most, every day is something different.

“Calls for service you never know what you’re going to get called to do. We’ve handled everything from a mangy coyote in somebody’s driveway eating their garbage to a mature bullock stuck in a fence that needed to be cut out. So just the diversity day to day you never know what you’re going to deal with,” Hastert explained.

Fort Riley has the largest continuous track of public hunting in the state of Kansas and draws thousands of people here each year to hunt, bird watch, or just enjoy the outdoors.

“We actually draw people from all over the United States to come here and recreate whether it’s for unlimbered hunting, big game such as deer, turkey," he said. "We get a wide array of people we’ve hosted about 25,000 hunting trips a year here on the installation and again that’s any sort of recreation even the non-consumption use of picking mushrooms.”

Lt. Hastert never gave up on his dream job and for him work isn’t work when you’re doing your passion.