Game warden returns home to Atascosa County

After 25 years on the job, Jon Brauchle will return home to finish out his career as a game warden.

The 1984 Pleasanton High School graduate begins his duty in Atascosa County August 1.

“I wanted to finish my career where I started out,” Jon Brauchle said.

“I wasn’t expecting the position to open and I planned on retiring. My wife and I bought some land in the area and wanted to do something with that. I couldn’t pass on the opportunity. I felt it would be fun to return home.”

Brauchle began his game warden career in Raymondville near South Padre Island.

“I’ve been on the coast for most of my career,” he said.

“After Raymondville, I went to Victoria and then Corpus Christi. And after that I became an investigator for the department for nine years.”

One factor stood out as Brauchle pondered a return to his home county.

“I’m looking forward to catching up with old friends and people I knew,” he said.

“My grandfather had a store in Pleasanton forever. I love the small town ambiance.”

As a game warden, Brauchle’s responsibility goes beyond enforcing typical laws.

“My goal has always been conservation for future generations and community policing,” he said.

For a law enforcement officer that spends countless hours in the field, Brauchle spends his free time elsewhere.

“I certainly hunt on my property, but I cook more than I hunt,” he said.

“I do like to dove hunt and fish on the coast.”

Brauchle begins his duty in Atascosa County August 1.

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