012 Kris MacCabe – Maine Warden Service

Hitting clean up is Kris MacCabe as part of our interview series of North Woods Law Warden’s as a lead up to the North Woods Law Throwdown Softball Game. Kris is a competitive guy with a passion for the woods of Maine and the Maine Warden Service.

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Here’s What We Discuss:
The Maine Warden Services
A Name Back to 1880
Vacationland vs Live Free or Die
Search and Rescue, Police in the Woods
Competitive
2 Weeks to 2.5 Year Search
A K-9 and Return to Base
Warden Search vs Volunteer Search
Sighting and False Sightings
Hunting and Search for Closure
Not a Job, It’s a Lifestyle
The Earle of Errol
The People’s Game Warden
A Warden’s Reputation – Healthy Fear
Role Reversal, Mrs MacCabe
Hunting Under the Influence
The Red Coats
My Neighbor was a Really Good Night Hunter
A Decoy and a Backyard Case
A Preemptive Warrant
A Birthday Gift with Deer All Around
The Canadian Did It
Red Handed Night Hunt
Standby to Standby, Nerve Racking
Manhunt for Corp Cole’s Killer
FBI Agents and Clearing the Cabin
North Woods Law
Game Wardens are Curious
We Always Have the Best Spots
Nothing Good Happens After Midnight
Airing in Germany, Less Commercials in Europe

011 Eric Fluette – The Job of a Game Warden – Part Two

Eric Fluette covers the north east region of New Hampshire and is the operator handler for K-9 Moxie. This is part two of a two part interview. (Part 1 here.) We discuss moose season, accidental moose shootings, scuba diving in the Caribbean, and a few rescue missions turned recovery.

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Here’s What We Discuss:
A Remarkable Moose Season
Correcting the Yup Yup
A Sick Moose in Dummer
A Double Moose Mistakenly
The Antler is Usually Attached
Long Strides and Liquid Attractant
Diving on Turks and Caicos
A 6’5″ Shark
Zero Air
Picking a Working K-9
Moxie’s First Swim
a 30.06 Case, a Legal Shot
Airboat Pre-Flight
The Airboat Team
A Dangerous Scenario, a Drowning
A Rescue or Recovery, High Emotions
The Worst Hour and Informing the Family
Closure

010 Eric Fluette – The Job of a Game Warden – Part One

Eric Fluette covers the north east region of New Hampshire and is the operator handler for K-9 Moxie. This is the first of a two part interview. We discuss the beginning of Eric’s career, to Alaska, to the seacoast of NH and eventually to northern New Hampshire. And we tell a few great stories too.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

K-9 Moxie
History and the Colonel Jordan of the Worlds
Don’t Forget the Teeth
We Can’t Remember Everyone
The Swiss Army Knife
Matt Holmes District One
NH Big Woods, Alaska Fisheries
A Two Prop Plane, Cases of Beer
A Thicker Sleeping Bag, Smolt Traps
An LL Bean Package
Salmon Salmon Salmon
Brown Bears vs Grizzly Bears
A Life Line
Becoming a Conservation Officer
Seascoast District 6 to Erroll
Protecting a Natural Resource
First Shooter Night Poacher
Throwing the Lobster Gauge in the Snow
Lobster Poaching and Proving the Case
Watching
Coastal Binos are Bigger
DEET Eats Rubber
Josiah Alewives
$2000 per Pound
Mark Hensel, The Mill Buildings and the Lamprey
A $6800 Fine in Cash
A Chunked Up Tuna
The Feds Beyond 3 Miles
We Don’t Make the Laws, We Enforce Them
Cod and Striper – A Resource Story
Coming Up Next: Eric Fluette Part II

009 Greg Sirpis – Maine’s Operation Game Thief

Poaching is no different than stealing from a grocery store. Backed by the members of Maine’s Operation Game Thief (OGT), Greg Sirpis strives to lead Maine’s charge against poachers.  As Chairman of the Board for Maine’s OGT, Greg’s mission is to protect Maine’s natural resources. By organizing and promoting, educating, and making reporting easier for everyone, Greg hopes to catch one poacher at a time and reduce the number of animals and fish that are illegally taken in Maine every year.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • Upcoming Softball Game
  • Operation Game Thief
  • Wildlife Crimes Stoppers
  • Turning in a Poacher, Anonymously
  • Rewards, Most Don’t Want the Money
  • A Passion for Catching Bad Guys
  • Greg’s Start with OGT
  • An Opportunity for Cabela’s to Lead the Charge
  • It’s a Full Time Job
  • New Content – Live Streams
  • A Non-Profit That Represents
  • Friends of OGT
  • Educational Committee, The Ethics
  • 25,000 Deer Taken Illegally in Maine
  • Poaching is No Different Than Stealing
  • 1 800 Alert Us to a 411 App
  • Limited Amount of Resources
  • Quality Information
  • Eleven Volunteers
  • The Moose Lottery on a Weekend
  • Aug 3rd, Hadlock Field, North Woods Throwdown
  • International Wildlife Crime Stoppers
  • Northeast Wildlife Conference
  • Africa Fighting Tooth and Nail
  • Coyotes – Losing the Balance
  • Hard to Measure
  • Coming Up Next: Eric Fluette

008 Sgt Aaron Cross – Live at Cabelas

From the 2019 Maine Moose Lottery, we sat down with Sgt Aaron Cross from the Maine Warden Service. As a regular on the North Woods Law television program, Aaron has many stories to share that reflects his career as a Maine Warden, his involvement with Operation Game Thief, and International Wildlife Crime Stoppers.

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Here’s What We Discuss:
The Moose Lottery
Operation Game Thief
Hired Prior to Finishing College
Whitewater Rafting
Swift Water Training
Tricked into a Date
The Game Warden Story
Frequent Flyers and an Arrest Warrant
Walking Toward Shore, Bickering Felons
Family Member Tickets
2032 Graduation and Retirement
Night Hunting Beaver
Losing the Decoy
Locked in with a Moose Decoy and No Suspect
Another _______ Minivan
Checking the Gun, a 22 Mag is a Poacher’s Choice
Killed Before Court in a Bar Fight
Duck Hunters in Boxer Shorts
Good People Make Mistakes Too
Smelting on Kingsbury Pond
Being on the Job
How to Be a Game Warden in Maine
Knowing the Activity
A Possible Hunting Incident -Dead Guy in the Driver’s Seat
A Drug Deal Gone Bad
Cold Cases and Missing Persons
A Deer Hunting Case in March
It All Comes Around
Aug 3 Maine OGT North Woods Law Softball Game

007B Ashley Mayers – Salt of the Earth Artist

Sometimes it’s not just about the Wardens. In this case, Ashley Mayers is the artist behind the Warden’s Watch logo and also girlfriend of Eric Hannett. We go behind the scenes and discuss life with a good friend of the conservation community.

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Here’s What We Discuss:
The Warden’s Watch Logo Artist
Salt of the Earth
The Jersey Shore
Off Shore vs Deep Sea
Pine Baron Reserve
Eric Hannett GF
NJ to NH
I Don’t Like Snow
Hurricane Sandy
The Bear and Deer of New Jersey
Duck Hunting

007 Eric Hannett – Salt of the Earth

Eric Hannett is a 16 year Conservation Officer veteran of the NH Fish and Game Department covering the Monadnock region of New Hampshire. Eric is also one of the featured Game Wardens on Animal Planet’s hit television show North Woods Law. Eric says that the demands of the job are never the same and that some days he can’t believe he gets paid do his job, yet other days he says he doesn’t get paid enough.

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Here’s What We Discuss:
16 Years, Almost a Vegetarian
Riding Snowmobiles, a 700
Physically Fit, Being Injured
A 36-40 Hour Shift
Bonding and Slap Happy
The Brink of Breaking
Regular Police Work
The Keene Patrol, Adult ADD
Chased by a Moose
The Alligator in the Connecticut River
A Rescue Story on Icy Roads
Starskey and Hutch Style
Operation Ice Holes and the Panfish Plunder
1000 Fish Over the Limit
A Night Hunting Case
The Milk and Whisky Story
Cold Case from the 1970s
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Flying Ninja Kick
6 Days of Filming for a 40 minutes Segment

006 Norm Lewis – Maine Game Warden

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.

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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

005 Graham Courtney – Seacoast Game Warden

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.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • I Didn’t Really Want To Be a Game Warden
  • Associates Degree, Kept the Door Open
  • The Seacoast of New Hampshire
  • I Get Sea Sick
  • A 52′ Hinckley Sail Boat
  • Perfect Storm
  • We Won’t Ourselves at Risk
  • Lobstermen
  • Shell Disease 1 in 5
  • The Lobster License
  • V Notch and Egg Bearing Females
  • Deer Population of the Seacoast
  • A Concentration of People
  • Chris McKee and Training in My 40s
  • A 5 Gallon Bucket and Apples
  • Mark Hensel and a Canine
  • I’ve Never Kicked in the Doors
  • Dumpin Donuts
  • The Conservation Aspect
  • Integrating the Community
  • Soft Shell Clams
  • A Clam Rake as a Weapon
  • He’s Gonna Swim for It
  • Dave, Super Cop Fell in the Mud
  • From Fine to Felony
  • A Deputy Status
  • A Steak and Lobster Dinner

004 Lt David Gregory – One Vermont Moose Case that Became 9

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.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  •  Northeast Kingdom of Vermont
  • The Old Fish Hatchery
  • Dropping Bags of Walleye
  • You’ve Bred Another F’in Game Warden
  • Montpelier Police Service
  • The Hunter Ed Trapping Tapes and a Job
  • First Big Case and Buying a Cape
  • Long Story Short, I’m Guilty
  • A Bloody Hand Print on the Mountain Dew Can
  • Got the Guy But Not the Deer
  • A Beaver Set
  • The Ones that Got Away Still Burn
  • Gotta Run Both Decoys
  • The Chase Vehicle
  • Logging Roads and Traffic Lights
  • One Case that Turned into Nine
  • Can’t Leave the State – Ruining Christmas
  • Ticketing The Pennsylvania Hunter, Still Wrong Moose
  • Getting Hot in the Kitchen
  • My Grandson Shot It – He Needs a Nitro
  • An .06 Muzzle Flash at Night at 3 Steps
  • Crossbows Part of an Aging Trend
  • A Drowning in the Connecticut River
  • The Last Hole and the Underwater Camera
  • Down 30-40 Jobs
  • Training with Sargent Jewett
  • Looking Into the Son’s Eyes and Backing Out, Backing Up
  • An Assaulted Officer, Just Leave
  • To Disarm a Police Officer