001 Wayne Saunders – Why I Built This Podcast – Wearing the Stetson

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. 

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Here’s What I Discuss:

  • My Story
  • You Should Understand the Job
  • Arthur’s Mountain and Legacy
  • Hunters are Conservationists
  • Seeing New Country – Freeing the Soul
  • My Dad and a BB Gun
  • Gun Handling and Grouse
  • Mrs. Colburn in the 2nd Grade
  • Wearing a Stetson
  • Ride Alongs
  • Roads that Have Numbers not Names
  • Nothing Is Routine, The Sixth Sense
  • My First Night Hunting Case
  • Wildlife Crime Stoppers and Operation Game Thief
  • Starting a Business – How Can I Do That?
  • Cutting Positions and Management Plans
  • Poachers – A Changed Man


The Journey Begins

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 Wardens across the country.  Listen to their favorite cases, worst cases, what led them to their career, and what makes their job unique.