Longtime LDWF enforcement chief retiring
BATON ROUGE - After more than 43 years working for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Col. Winton Vidrine announced his retirement as chief of the LDWF Enforcement Division.
Vidrine rose through the ranks since he was hired in 1970, starting out with no uniform, his own pickup and his personal gun. He started handling boating, night hunting and fish shocking cases out of the Opelousas office, eventually overseeing training and enforcement for LDWF agents statewide.
"I've had a great career that I wouldn't have traded for anything," said Col. Vidrine. "Just becoming a game warden was satisfying by itself as I was an avid hunter and fisherman and got the chance to uphold rules and regulations that conserved our outdoor resources for my grandkids and their grandkids to enjoy."
Vidrine also oversaw every agent being issued a pistol beginning in the 1990s, initiation of the Maritime Search and Rescue course in the 2000s, the Maritime Special Response Team in 2010, and helped Louisiana become the first state to be accredited in the National Association of Safe Boating Law Administrator's Boat Operation and Training program in 2011.
"He was instrumental in many programs and initiatives that improved the enforcement division over the years that have also benefited conservation of our outdoor resources," said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.
Vidrine's retirement is effective June 7. LDWF said he'll be retiring back to his farm in Washington with his wife of 50 years, one child, two grandkids and two great-grandkids.
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