Game Warden Wilson Conley Elms

Game Warden Wilson Conley Elms

Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho

End of Watch Monday, January 5, 1981

Wilson Conley Elms

Game Warden Elms and Game Warden William Pogue were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a poacher in Owyhee County.

The suspect was released from prison in February 2005.

Warden Elms had served with the agency for three years.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Released in February 2005

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I met Conley and Mike when I took a summer job with the USFS in Chemult, Oregon in 1963. During that summer I was assigned to a guard station with Mike Elms in the Klamath National Forest. Conley was truly a kind, gentle giant of a man.
My reason for writing is that I dreamed about both of these men last night and awakened wondering about them and reflecting on the brief experiences I had that summer in Oregon. I was wondering about Mike and Tom Elms and if they are still living and wish all their family a Merry Christmas and hope they are doing well.

Russell Ricej
Co-Worker with USFS in 1963

December 1, 2017

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