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Erik Schmidt, of Linton, N.D., was recently honored as the North Dakota Wildlife Officer of the Year. Submitted photo

Schmidt born to be wild

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Erik Schmidt's office is the front seat of a pickup truck.

And he wouldn't have it any other way.

As a Game Warden for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, Schmidt's typical day consists of driving around to follow up on tips, check hunters and fishermen, and keep an ever-watchful eye on the thousands of square miles under his jurisdiction.

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It's not a bad gig for someone in love with the outdoors.

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