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"It's a Good Life.... Especially if you like the woods and outdoors."

A continuing series by Tom Foster on the Minnesota DNR Aviation Program.From an oral history interview with Bob Hodge about natural resource flying.


November 1, 2020

Photo courtesy of his daughters, Bobbie Hodge and Becky Wahlberg

Lt. Hodge during his time in the U.S. Army Air Force.

Happiness is getting paid for what you love to do anyway. That's especially true if you're a flyer or nature lover. Lots of people spend plenty of money to go flying or get away from it all. Robert Hodge had a job where he got paid to both fly and be in the great outdoors. For 30 - plus years he was a game warden and pilot for what is now the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. To paraphrase the old TV commercial, "It just doesn't get any better than that."

Bob Hodge grew up with a passion for fishing, hunting, and anything else that was outdoors. Naturally, he was a Boy Scou...

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