New episodes of Outdoor Channel's 'Wardens,' featuring Michigan DNR, start today

Contact: David Haupt, 989-426-9205, ext. 226-7614
Agency: Natural Resources

Dec 28, 2020

female conservation officer in woods, observingThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources continues its partnership with the Outdoor Channel on production of the 2021 season of its television series "Wardens."  

New episodes begin today and air on the Outdoor Channel every Monday at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday at 2:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The show also continues to be available on Negaunee-based station WLUC Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

Focusing on ice fishing, bear hunting, opening day of firearm deer hunting season and more, the episodes will showcase the law enforcement work of DNR conservation officers, as well as the science behind the DNR’s natural resources management efforts.

“Since the show began filming in Michigan in 2017, 39 episodes have aired and viewership is over 28 million!” said David Haupt, analyst in the DNR’s Gladwin Field Office who helps coordinate production. “We’re excited to continue offering people a closer look at what the DNR does to take care of Michigan’s natural and cultural resources."

male conservation officer patrolling Lake St. ClairMichigan-based Wolf Creek Productions is filming episodes at locations around the state with conservation officers and staff members from other DNR divisions who will be featured throughout the season.

On the air since 2011, “Wardens” chronicles the lives of conservation officers in America. To learn more about the show, visit OutdoorChannel.com/Wardens.

Michigan conservation officers are fully commissioned state peace officers who provide natural resources protection, ensure recreational safety and protect citizens by providing general law enforcement duties and lifesaving operations in the communities they serve. To learn more about their work, visit Michigan.gov/ConservationOfficer.

Accompanying photos are available below for download. Caption information follows.

Observing: Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Anna Viau observes possible violations of natural resources regulations.

Patrolling: Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Joe Deppen patrols Lake St. Clair after severe storms caused a number of accidents and injuries.