Hunting and fishing are sports that many in our area enjoy. The key to getting the most out of these is to observe the laws regarding safety. Our newest Game Warden for Runnels County, Cameron Ramsey, not only enforces these laws but is proactive in helping residents get the most out of these sports through educational programs and community involvement.

Cameron Ramsey, 40, resides on a ranch in Runnels County. He is married with three children.

Originally from the Brownwood area, Ramsey graduated from Sul Ross University in Alpine with a degree in Animal Health Management. He began a career in law enforcement in 2003 as a police officer in Midland, Texas, where he served for four years. From there he continued in law enforcement in McCulloch County as a Reserve Deputy for three years. He took a break from law enforcement to get back to his roots and return to ranching. He was eventually recruited to enroll in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens Academy in Star in 2015, where he attended for seven months. Ramsey has been a Game Warden for three years and the Runnels County Warden for one year.

Runnels County is a one Warden County but partners with Coleman and Concho Counties. All Texas Game Wardens have legal jurisdiction for the entire state of Texas.

Game Wardens are busiest six months out of the year for different hunting seasons. Water safety is a primary concern during the summer months, beginning at the area lakes by Memorial Day, and lasting through the month of July.

Ramsey regularly partners with Jimmie Caughron, a licensed Hunter’s Education Instructor, who presents classes in Ballinger. In order to maintain a hunting license, the State of Texas requires that you must attend a class in Hunter’s Education. Although licensing must be renewed, the class must only be attended once. Those interested in the classes may go to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department website, to register.

There is a $15 fee for the class payable at the time of the course. The last class before the start of Dove Fest for Runnels County will be held Saturday, Aug. 25 in Ballinger at the Ballinger Fire Department, 106 N 9th St. The class begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

Ramsey takes his duties very seriously, and is dedicated not only to upholding the law, but advocating for landowners as well. “When someone breaks the law in my jurisdiction,’” he said. “The landowner is the victim. I take up for the landowner. I work for the landowner and make sure that their voice is heard.”

Ramsey added “When I have a case, I follow that case from beginning to end. That includes writing a ticket, making an arrest, serving a warrant, and attending court hearings.”

In preparation for Winters’ upcoming Dove Fest on Sept. 1, both Ramsey and Caughron have agreed to be guest speakers at a, “Hunter Safety,” presentation in conjunction with the Winters’ Public Library. This will be held at the Winters’ Library on Saturday, Aug. 11 beginning at 10 a.m. The program will be followed by a Hunters’ Safety Q & A.

They would like to invite hunters attending Dove Fest, as well as their families, to attend so that they may get to know Ramsey. All residents of Runnels County are welcome to participate.

Attendees can boost their knowledge of state and county regulations, and safely enjoy not only Dove Fest but all of the hunting, fishing and outdoor recreational activities our state has to offer. We encourage everyone to join us for this exciting program.