2019 Shikar Safari Wildlife Officer of the Year

       Jim Seeman

     Buffalo Game Warden

Buffalo Game Warden Jim Seeman has been selected as the 2019 Shikar-Safari Wildlife Officer of the Year.   Jim is a 27-year veteran game warden who began his career in 1992 as a reservoir crew patrol officer and subsequently promoted to a warden trainee.  His district game warden assignments included the Casper, Cody and Sheridan Regions.  Jim transferred to the Buffalo game warden district in 2006 where he remains stationed today.

Throughout his career, Jim has been known as a ruthless investigator and tireless interviewer.  He has the innate ability to sniff out a crime and utilize his well-honed skills in the pursuit of justice. Pure determination and willingness to never give up when he knows a violation has occurred is his trademark.  His diligent enforcement efforts are not restricted to high profile species, but distributed across the landscape, as all wildlife is important to Jim.

He is an example of a game warden who has adapted to changing times, yet continues to preserve the traditions and values of a time gone by.  Jim carries a high case load but has figured out how to let the candle burn, just not at both ends.  This efficiency allows Jim to dedicate time to his family and personal life, and it provides him the balance many officers never realize.

Jim is the type of person who goes about his job without concern for the limelight, fanfare or notoriety.  Although he takes pride in mentoring other game wardens, providing investigative advice and expertise, he also assists his peers with non-enforcement tasks like investigating livestock deaths caused by trophy game animals, collaring moose for research projects and assisting the Fish Division with backcountry fish sampling.

During his tenured game warden career Jim has gained the respect of other law enforcement agencies, landowners, the hunting and fishing public and other Department employees as well.  He is a true professional.  Wyoming's wildlife and people are lucky to have him as their steward.

Jim Seeman personifies the spirit and dedication that is symbolic of the Shikar-Safari Club International’s outstanding Wildlife Officer of the Year award.  Warden Seeman will be recognized and presented his award at the March 19, 2020 Wyoming Game and Fish Commission Meeting in Cody.
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