Maine is an awesome place to be a game warden. They don’t call it Vacationland for nothing. Woods, waterways, mountains, oceans, coastline, Maine has it all. Similar to New Hampshire, Maine’s Warden Service goes hand in hand with operations along the NH border. Norm Lewis is a great warden and woodsman. He’s big, burly with a soft touch and a mean streak when needed.
Here’s What We Discuss:
A Serious Moose Case
You Catch a Game Warden on a Bad Day
Head Lights on the Side of a Mountain
T-Shirt and Shorts Like I Own the Place
Accessory After the Fact
Are You from Canada? The Alien License
Coulda Charged Him but Didn’t
A Prominent Maine Man
Just Tell Me What You Know
I Liked the Old Guy
Forestry at Oreno
6 Inches of Dunkin Donuts Cups
It’s How You Want to Live
A Deer Decoy, a Wildlife Simulator
Few Things Trump Everything, but This Did
Jaws on the Floormats
They Must Have Stolen It
Coffee and Apple Pie
We’re Seizing the Blazer
I Could Use a New Ride
A 1973 Rusty Ford Pickup Truck
We Keep It, You Never Get It Back
The Buck from LL Bean
Becoming Administration, Not for Me
Not a Great Place to Be, IA
A Dog that Looks Like Norm
My Dog Had an Affinity for Cadavers
High Profile Serial Killer
Border Patrol, Crossing States to Get There
No Paperwork, Talking to the Press
The Road to Katahdin
Covering the mainland is one thing, but having to cover the seacoast in addition to the mainland in a densely populated area adds a whole new dimension to being a game warden. The Joint Enforcement Agreement helps to cover an area with lots of traffic and keep the fisheries sustainable. The 13 miles of coastline in NH doesn’t seem like much, but it’s as active as any coastline area in the country with lots of commercial and recreational fisherman using these coastal waters.
We’re going to Vermont on this episode to talk to an old friend Lieutenant David Gregory. It’s fun when as the host of the show, I also get to be the listener. Lt. Gregory has some amazing stories to share and we were able to capture them here. I was on the edge of my seat. Some of the stories we discuss are light hearted and some make you look life right in the face and realize that being a Game Warden is about life and death, and sometimes we’re putting our own lives on the line.
Kevin Jordan is a colleague and a great friend and he’s the Colonel of the New Hampshire Fish and Game. I’ve worked side by side with the Colonel for many years and learned tons from him. Colonel Jordan is a great investigator and prosecutor. “I caught ’em, he cleaned ’em,” as we used to say. I was a sponge when it came to working with Kevin and he took me under his wing and helped me get back into law enforcement after I was shot in the line of duty.
Welcome to the first episode of Warden’s Watch. I am psyched! I’m excited to continue my adventure by talking to game wardens, biologists, and conservationists about all things related to the outdoors. My goal is to educate. I thought this podcast endeavor would be easy after being on North Woods Law and on radio. Turns out, podcasting is much about soul searching. Hopefully you’ll recognize my passion and dedication to promote conservation (not preservation) by finding the balance between people and animals. I hope to promote my brothers and sisters in conservation law enforcement by visiting the dangers, through stories, that the job brings. And, I hope to increase awareness of programs like Operation Game Thief, Turn in a Poacher, and Wildlife Crimestoppers to better conserve the great resources on this planet.
After 23 years working as a Conservation Officer for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, I’m excited to start a new journey in my “retirement”.
Over the course of my career I’ve been fortunate to meet Game Wardens from across North America and while we all have a common goal of protecting natural resources, every Warden has their own stories to tell and every state has their own wildlife law enforcement culture. I’m fascinated to find out more and share with you.
I’ll bring you stories from Game Warden’s across the country. Listen to their favorite cases, worst cases, what led them to their career, and what makes their job unique.