044 John Nores and the California Bear Poaching Case

From the Nancy Foley podcast stemmed a conversation with John about a bear poaching case that needed exploration.  John and Wayne discuss a case in California that started as a small time investigation of bear poaching that lead to convictions on numerous game and firearm violations. The case expanded into a large scale illegal guiding service and John went undercover to crack the case wide open.

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  • The California Case
  • The Fires, The Back Country is Burning
  • Cartel Marijuana Operation A Holy Grail Wildlife Case
  • Wild Hogs to Black Pair Poaching
  • Chipper, a Career Poacher, and a Cartel Grow
  • No Guide License, with a Business Card
  • Anxious to Make that Case, Timing is Everything
  • Patience, Let the Case Develop
  • Covert Surveillance
  • An Undercover Bear Hunt
  • More and More Accomplices
  • Monster Black Bear in Cali – No Hibernation
  • Not Grabbing the Low Hanging Fruit
  • 3 Season with a Houndsman
  • Breaking Bread, In Camp, Undercover
  • Getting into their Comfort Zone
  • Convicted Felony with a Firearm, Among Many other Charges
  • Wild Justice Started Just After, Hard to Go Undercover
  • Mourning the Loss of Ability to Go UC
  • That’s My Bear
  • How Long Do You Work a Case?
  • MET was Built Shortly Thereafter
  • Excited More Than Normal
  • Easter Egg Search Warrant
  • The Bragging was All True
  • Park Rangers
  • The Giant Sequoias and the Sherman Tree

043 Dennis Amsden – Vermont Fish and Wildlife Game Warden

Dennis Amsden was a Lieutenant and Game Warden with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Service.  Dennis served with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife for 20 years and was involved in many cases over the years, from the high profile media cases to the everyday poaching incident. He shares with us his journey over his career, shares details about several memorable investigations, and hints on where he’d like to go in retirement.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • Operation Game Thief – Stealing Video Games
  • From a Family Not into Outdoor Sporting
  • A Subscription to Outdoor Life
  • Moving to Dixie When Retirement Comes
  • Trouble Over Enthusiasm
  • I Hope Glen Lucas is Listening
  • Nobody Becomes a Game Warden for Paperwork
  • Greater St Johnsbury Area
  • Seeing All the Warden’s Work as a Supervisor
  • First Memorable Case
  • Video Tape Date Stamps
  • A Warrant and Experienced Wardens
  • Other Criminal Activities Overlap Poaching
  • 5lbs of Marijuana
  • Leaving a Decoy Out Overnight
  • Another Case on Lake Champlain
  • Walleye and Ducks – Game Laws and Keeping Up
  • High Profile Case – Investigating a Shooting
  • An ATV and Voices
  • Less and Less Poaching Being Handing Down by Generation
  • You Get More Info By Making Friends, First Name Basis
  • A Rich Man from Experience
  • It’s Not all Tickets and Handcuffs
  • 3am Wake Ups, Spouses, Kids
  • Search and Rescue and Training 

042 Nancy Foley – Former Division Chief California Department of Fish and Game

Chief Nancy Foley spent 25 years in various capacities within the Law Enforcement Division. She was instrumental in raising the profile of California game wardens by securing better and more clearly marked patrol vehicles, developing the K-9 program and helping get National Geographic Channel’s Wild Justice, a show featuring California game wardens, to the airwaves. Foley was selected as the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ (WAFWA) Professional of the Year in 2011.

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  • Badge #1
  • International Reach
  • Stopping Wildlife Trafficking
  • The NET Team – West Coast
  • It’s a Team Effort
  • Each Division Has a Piece of the Puzzle to Solve the Crime
  • Dedicated Helicopter Teams
  • Cameras Are a Positive Impact – Wild Justice Positive
  • Influences of North Woods Law
  • Applications for Game Warden’s Jobs Thru the Roof
  • It’s a Draw on the Officers – Burn Out, It’s Tough
  • A Case of Complications – After Search Warrant Issued
  • A Hiking Incident on Mt Whitney
  • A Game Warden Truck
  • You Don’t Meet the Applicant Requirement – Wait We Made a Mistake
  • Hire Process Changed – Hidden Barriers
  • Non-Hunting, Non-Fishing Backgrounds
  • The Wildlife Took Him Out of NYC – Abe
  • Diversity
  • Covert Reptile Investigations
  • Abalone Investigations in California – High $$$ Value
  • Undercover Game Warden Work and Surveillance
  • Follow the Suspect and Abalone Poaching West Coast $200,000
  • Poaching Income Chinatown
  • Can’t Sit in the Car
  • Hundreds of Cases
  • Public Safety Responsibility
  • A Vision of the Game Department – Unfinished Business
  • Get the Ball Rolling – Back Country High Risk Operations
  • Becoming a Foundation Board Member
  • An Endowment, Scholarships, Expediting Funds to those in Need
  • Resource Protection, Taking Care of the Environment Protecting Natural Resources, Water, Habitat

041 Senator Jack Bailey – Striped Bass Regulation Starts in Maryland

Jack Bailey joined the Maryland DNR in 1987, assumed responsibilities on a state wide level later in his career, and proposed changes to laws and regulations to protect Maryland’s natural resources. Jack worked closely with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Justice on several cases to prosecute violators. In retirement, Jack serves as the President of the Maryland Wildlife Crime Stoppers, Inc., and is a State Senator for the State of Maryland.
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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • Former Game Warden
  • Commercial Fishing Chesapeake Bay and Mountains in the West
  • Striped Bass Emotions Sometimes Trumps Science in Politics
  • Oysters Poached from MD and Sold in Virginia, Boats and Gun Fights 1900s
  • A Striped Bass Spawning Zone and Nursery Early 2000 IWTF
  • Prosecuted Thru DOJ in DC Federal Court Undercover Operation Striped Bass
  • 3 Jurisdictions with Different Requirements
  • Always an Excuse, Under Recording
  • Only 2 Fisherman were Following the Rules
  • $1.7 Million Restitution and Jail Time
  • Sources of Information in Other States
  • Self Recording Requirements Changed
  • This is Just a Fish, You Can’t Be Serious
  • It’s a Crime Against People, not the Fish
  • Harming the Resources
  • East Coast Commercial Fishery – Huge Economic Value
  • Working with Delaware and Sharing Information
  • Always a Risk Between Recreational and Commercial
  • A Game Warden Story
  • Future Legislation

040 Greg Bartles – Maryland DNR – Historian

Today’s Maryland Department of Natural Resources has its roots in the Maryland Oyster Police, which began in 1868 to regulate oyster harvesting on the Chesapeake Bay. Greg Bartles spent most of his career protecting Maryland’s parks and open lands as a natural resources police officer. Now retired, he’s using part of his land to share the story of the state’s conservation efforts.

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Here’s What We Discuss in this Episode:

  • Western Maryland Hunting and Fishing
  • Natural Resources Fish and Game Officer
  • Working as a Street Officer, but the Woods were calling
  • Oyster Police and Oyster Wars
  • Muddy Rocks
  • Skip Jacks and Drudge Boats
  • 15 Million Bushels in the 1880, and Aquaculture
  • Waterfowl Hunting in the Chesapeake Bay
  • History of the Agency DNR
  • Reproduction of Patches
  • 1865 Oyster Law Changes
  • Hunter Davidson – Steam Powered Boat and a Howitzer
  • Oyster Pirates – Rifles vs Cannons
  • A Violent Time over Oysters
  • If you Want to Catch a Poacher, You’re Gonna Get Shot at
  • Borrowing Gatlin Guns from the Military Academy
  • 1930s Small High Speed Illegal Dredges
  • Bring a Bigger Gun to Win the Fight
  • A Back Breaking Winter Job, German Immigrants,
  • Kidnapped and Slave Labor
  • 1968 Wildlife Officer, 1971 Marine Police Combined
  • 1990s Everyone Got Cars
  • Gordon Barnes
  • The Corporal’s Job
  • Learning to Adapt and Overcome
  • A Boating Accident
  • 13 Drownings
  • Life Jackets Life Jackets Life Jackets
  • Hunter Orange Hunter Orange
  • Rifles for Turkeys
  • Reserve Officers and Lost Hunters
  • Private Collection Turned Museum

039 Fish and Game K-9 Units Part II

Conservation Canines or “K-9s” are a unique tool to assist Fish and Game Law Enforcement in their investigations, apprehension of violators, and conducting search and rescue missions. Conservation Officers work with their canine partners conducting tracks, area searches, evidence detection, fish and wildlife detection, and search and rescue activities. This is Part 2 of a 2 Part Series.  We share stories in this episode with Eric Fluette K-9 Moxie, Ken St.Pierre as a future handler, Bob Mancini and K-9 Ruger, and Col Kevin Jordan about the origins of the program in New Hampshire.
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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • K-9 Moxie
  • Losing Ruby
  • Moxie and North Woods Law
  • The Moxie in the Fridge
  • A Yellow Lab Learning to Swim
  • Training and Traveling to Vermont
  • Moxie’s First Find, First Case
  • Say Hi! on Camera
  • Slowing Down Moxie’s Meal
  • Learning to Track
  • A Black and Chocolate Lab
  • Names Winnie, Fin, Lake, Maple
  • K-9 Ruger
  • Eight in October
  • Utilizing Food to Perform
  • A K-9 Ruger Case
  • Recovering a Track
  • Dogs are a Force Multiplier
  • A Sabbatical 2017
  • Sugar Hill
  • Shell Casings and a Homocide
  • Criminals and Evidence Detection
  • Why Labs?
  • Gun Powder, Human Scent, Venison, Turkey and Fish
  • Raise Money to Get a Dog
  • Ruger and Ruger Firearms
  • Mark Hensel
  • The Colonel Kevin Jordan
  • Beagles, Hounds, Shepherds, and Pomeranians
  • Shelby
  • Animal Planet
  • 4-H Dog Programs
  • Ruby Paved the Way
  • A Hard Day When Ruby Passed
  • We Got ‘Em All Back
  • K-9 Funded Thru Donation
  • Non-Profit
  • Getting More Doges, One in Each District
  • Wayne’s Dog
  • 4-H Congress

038 Fish and Game K-9 Units – Part One – Dedicated to Ruby

Conservation Canines or “K-9s” are a unique tool to assist Fish and Game Law Enforcement in their investigations, apprehension of violators, and conducting search and rescue missions. Conservation Officers work with their canine partners conducting tracks, area searches, evidence detection, fish and wildlife detection, and search and rescue activities. We discuss different aspects of K-9 training and work in this episode including training with 4-H. This is Part 1 of a 2 part series and is dedicated to K-9 Ruby.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • 4H Dog Club
  • Breeds You Wouldn’t Think
  • Dogs Save Lives
  • A Podcast for Ruby
  • Sight Hounds vs Blood Hounds
  • Building Fundamentals
  • How to Get 4-H Involved
  • Lt William Boudreau – Leader of NH K-9
  • Mark Hensel and Ruby
  • Cora and Moxie Training
  • The Handler
  • Pomeranians
  • Pinching Bank Robbers
  • Helping other Agencies
  • Every Monday Dedicated to K-9 Training
  • Detection Dogs and Terrorism Training
  • Getting Certified
  • North Woods Law, Losing a Dog
  • Rin Tin Tin and Scooby Doo
  • James Benvenuti – K-9 Cora
  • Traits of a 6 Year Old Puppy
  • The Puppy with Drive and Motivation
  • Conservation Officer Relief Association
  • First Significant Find via Tracking
  • A Yellow Hard Hat
  • Starting the Track and Contamination
  • Fish, Venison, Turkey
  • Own Spot and Attitude
  • Volunteer Money for Dogs

037 Tyler Turnipseed – Nevada Dept of Wildlife

Tyler Turnipseed, former Chief Game Warden, served the Nevada Division of Wildlife for more than 20 years.  We take a look back at his career with NDOW, the legacy he’s leaving behind, and what’s in store for his future. He also gives some great advice to those looking to become a game warden.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • Chief NDOW
  • Swiss Name Origin
  • Drinking from a Fire Hose
  • A Game Warden Family Friendly
  • The 80s
  • Working in the Middle of Nowhere
  • Public Lands and High Desert
  • 31 Field Level Wardens
  • Slow Down, Sit, Watch, Observe
  • Cops, Crooks, Critters and Cases
  • Covert Ops, Elvis is in the Building
  • Jail Time for a Wildlife Case
  • First Felony Case in Nevada
  • Wildlife in Nevada
  • Las Vegas, Prostitution, Gambling
  • Drunks and Drugs
  • 9 Species of Big Game and Elk Explosion
  • Nevada Only State with 3 Species of Big Horn
  • A Fed Bear is a Dead Bear
  • DNA Testing for Problem’d Bears
  • Buck and Bull Ratios
  • Won’t Get Rich but Side Benefits are Great

036 Dedicated to the Fallen – Badge 36 Retired

In a memorial podcast dedicated to the fallen, and in honor of police week, we explore some cases where Wardens were lost in the line of duty.  We dedicate this show to our brothers and sisters of special outdoor law enforcement that have been lost unexpectedly.  This is an episode is dedicated to Retired Badge #36 and the Wardens who sacrificed it all.  End of Watch.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • Police Week, Tribute to Friends
  • Wardens that Sacrificed
  • 1981 Bill Pogue
  • Moment of Silence
  • SW Idaho, Mandatory Carry
  • William Pogue and Conley Elms
  • Jan 5, 1981
  • Monuments, Granite Rock
  • Bull Camp
  • Director Moore
  • 21 Gun Salute
  • Blake Phillips, Retire Idaho FG
  • Butch Cassidy Legend
  • Something Tragic, An Inscription “End of Watch”
  • This is Murder One, Not Self Defense
  • Pogue was an Artist
  • Elms was a Fly Fisherman
  • Retrain, Re-Tool, Learn from the Bad
  • nagwmucm@hotmail.com
  • East Coast – James Spignesi
  • Working the Jackers, Nov 20, 1998
  • Shooting After Hours
  • Jury Trial, No Closure, No Justice
  • Memorial Fund, $10,000 Scholarship
  • University of Connecticut Conservation Enforcement Program
  • Memorial 5k Run  October
  • The Call You Never Want to Get
  • West Moore, Scott Phillips
  • Quote by Col Kevin Jordan
  • Prayer by Scott McIntosh Texas

035 Rick Wilcox – Mountain Rescue Service

Rick Wilcox, has served as the president of the North Conway-based volunteer Mountain Rescue Service for over 40 years.  The organization provides manpower and expertise in environments and terrain beyond the scope of most rescue agencies — from the cliffs of Cathedral, Whitehorse and Cannon ledge to the summits of the Presidential Range in wintertime. MRS has been involved in over 500 rescues, bolstering state Fish and Game and U.S. Forest Service personnel in the most extreme of circumstances.

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