034 Rick Estes – Warden New Hampshire Fish and Game

Rick Estes spent 28 years with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department as a game warden, a career that took him to every nook and cranny of the Lakes Region and the White Mountains. He fine-tuned his wilderness skill in wilderness navigation and survival during his tenure. Rick was named N.H. Fish and Game team leader for the state’s specialized search and rescue team and he was instrumental in implementing GPS technology into search and rescue operations.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • The Influence of Previous Wardens
  • 1972 Wolfeboro Police Dept
  • Retired Twice, Discount on a Drift Boat
  • Fly Fishermen, The Whole Package
  • The Hydraulics of a River
  • Wild Fish vs Hatchery Fish
  • Smelt Runs
  • Copper Sulfate for Weeds, Killed the Smelt
  • Dipping and Drinking, Wily Brook
  • Jimmy Jones, Rest His Soul
  • 22″ Smelt
  • Enlisted in the Air Force  – Idaho
  • Downings – The Ones You Remember
  • Tears into Your Ears
  • The Snow Jet and the “72 Zephyr
  • Drive for 1 Hours, Work for 2
  • Harry Perkins – #1 Badge and Oil of Annis
  • Bee Lines – Native Hives
  • Hikers and Search and Rescue, Not Hunters
  • Shootings in District One – The Red Book
  • Colonel Allen – Education Above the Tree Line
  • The GPS – Topo, Trumbull, USGS, Maps
  • Beta Testing and Computers
  • The Olympics, Selective Positioning
  • Rick Wilcox, Avalanche at Mount Washington
  • A Jungle of Whips, Clairvoyance and Dreams
  • Dowsing Water
  • The Psychic Locator, A Lady from Berlin
  • Lear Jet Lost Lebanon, Steve McQueen
  • Some Things are Stranger than Fiction
  • Channel 9 WMUR Helicopter Ride
  • Tracking Paperwork
  • A Brush with Death on Mount Monadnock
  • New Equipment, Side Scanning Radar
  • Specialize Volunteer Groups for the White Mountains

033 Presby Steel – Bear Safe

In a world with wandering bears that love to feed on garbage, some all year round, bear calls for Game Warden’s can be problematic.  Presby Steel has come up with a solution for those that live in high risk nuisance bear areas to reduce calls to your local Game Warden.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • A Mini Dumpster for Bear Protection
  • Garbage Protection
  • Bears in Los Angeles
  • Helping Wildlife
  • Extra Pressure on Wardens
  • George McNamara
  • Stocking Grizzlies
  • Selling Steel
  • A Bear Biologist, A Little Press
  • Bear Issues – Pennsylvania and New Jersey
  • Bear Food Memory
  • http://www.PresbySteel.com

032 Eric Blanchard – Maine Warden Service

You might recognize Eric Blanchard from North Woods Law.  Eric recently took top honors as Maine’s Warden of the Year, and it comes at no shock. Eric is smart and well educated and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Wayne talks with Eric about his career, North Woods Law, and various intriguing and unforgettable cases on this episode of Warden’s Watch.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • Blanchett or Blanchard
  • Concord NH Police Officer
  • Stood Out in Kentucky
  • 1997 Drug Unit
  • Duck Hunting and Coastal Ducks
  • A Youth Turkey Season
  • Bowhuntingand GoPro, First Bird Video
  • Catching the Intentional Violator
  • Adrenaline Like a 10 Pointer
  • Hunting the Poacher
  • Catching 1%, We’re the Threat
  • Sometimes You Get Them a Few Times
  • Math Class and Physics
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Accelerometer, Studying Crash Sites
  • A Warden’s Podcast is Breaking New Ground
  • North Woods Law, Great Guys
  • Bit by a Dog
  • Poaching a Deer to Be on TV
  • Kids Love North Woods Law
  • North American Hair Sheep – Field Dressed
  • Who Shot the Sheep?
  • I Can Record Anyone in Maine Without a Warrant
  • A Retired UPS Driver
  • DNA and a Bow Release
  • Following a Guy to a Bar
  • Warrant for a Mouth Swab
  • Grant Writer to Professor
  • DNA is Crucial These Days – Forget Fingerprints
  • Warden Christmas Party
  • Recruitment Today, 800 to 35, A Problem
  • Quality and Trustworthy

030 Hunt of a Lifetime – In Memory of Naomi Swanson

Hunt Of A Lifetime is a nonprofit organization with a mission to grant hunting & fishing dreams for children age 21 and under, who have been diagnosed with life threatening illnesses or life threatening disabilities.  Wayne interviews two Ambassadors heavily involved in the program while attending the NH Outdoor Expo.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • NH Outdoor Expo
  • Escaping Pain and Getting into the Wilderness
  • For Mom, Dad, Child to Forget it All
  • A Rifle Shoot, Ambassadors and Volunteers
  • A Kids Dream of Hunting or Fishing
  • Rod, Firearm, or Bow
  • From Trip to Taxidermy, Dream Trips
  • A Girl from Oregon
  • The Reality is Grim
  • Right Spot, Right Equipment, Pro Hunter
  • A Love Sick Moose, OMG
  • We Dragged that Moose Out at 1130pm
  • Guides and Outfitters
  • Canada, US, and International
  • Exotics in Texas
  • Ted Nugent and the Advisory Board
  • Josh Holander from Michigan
  • Weak from Chemo
  • Fulfilling Tags on the Last Day
  • HuntofaLifeTime.org
  • Donations, Frequent Flyer Miles, Raffles
  • Soul Touching
  • Self Feeding

029 John Nores Jr – Hidden War – Reclaiming Wildlands from Drug Cartels

California game warden Lt. John Nores, Jr., now retired, has been at the forefront and on the front lines of an under-reported battle against thousands of drug cartel members who grow toxic marijuana on U.S. soil. Not only does black market marijuana cultivation undermine legitimate growers, but it endangers lives and wildlife populations unimagined. Wayne breaks down the book Hidden War with Author John Nores Jr.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • Dead Frogs and Fish
  • Someone Is Stealing Water
  • Little Marijuana Plants Cartel North of the Border
  • Working with Narcotics Task Force
  • Winter Run Off, Human Feces, Nitrates in the Stream
  • A $20 Million Operation
  • New Wildlife Enemy – The Drug Cartel
  • Man, Game Wardens Are Good in the Woods
  • What Planet are you From?
  • Poor Horse, Dumb Kids
  • Late Season Poacher Patrol – Career Path Change
  • Outrage from the Organic Community
  • Earth Warriors
  • Don’t Underestimate the Enemy
  • Always Being Recorded, They Saw Me Pee
  • Cell Cameras and Drug Growers
  • Most Poachers Don’t Shoot Back
  • Most Are Allies with a Gun
  • But, Drug Traffickers Will Shoot Back
  • Unique K-9s Units to Smell the Enemy
  • 3 Hour Wait, Patrol Partner Shot
  • Hunting Bad Guys, with Snipers
  • Thing Were Too Quiet
  • Bad Guy God Off One Shot
  • Trauma 101, M14 Battle Rifle
  • Hard Reset, Memory Training
  • Divine Intervention
  • No Air Support, Bleeding to Death
  • Trespassing Drug Growers, a Different Mindset
  • K-9s, K-9s, K-9s
  • Thin Green Line Podcast

027 Glen Lucas – The Snowmobile Patrol – Part One

Around the time when deer season ends and the snow starts to stick, snowmobilers from all around start to flock to where the trails are deep and fast. And, because of the design of the Warden’s duties in New Hampshire, so begins a new season of law enforcement. Glen Lucas knows the snow machine season in NH very well. It’s arguably the most dangerous part of a NH warden’s job. Glen shares several stories and a detailed account of two high speed snow machine chases that eventually led to convictions.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • Off Highway Rec Vehicles
  • Creating a Snow Machine Training Course
  • A Gun Fight on a Snowmobile
  • Cover, Track for Protection form Gun Fire
  • Mock Chase, Cover, Concelment
  • Crimes on Snowmobiles, Bank Robbery
  • Riding in Bad Conditions
  • Where Warden’s Get Together
  • Learning to Turn, Off Trail Trending
  • Snowmobiling in the 1980s
  • Nash Stream
  • Riding at 60mph, Mom
  • 1000 Miles Is Fun, But the People
  • District 2, Maine Border
  • Just Wayne Saunders
  • Black Mach Z
  • Reaction is Good with Experience
  • It’s Been a Great Career Glenn
  • Not a Maine Warden
  • District 1, Lancaster
  • Snodeo and a Red Bull Helmet
  • Calculating Risk Vs Return
  • A 15 Miles Chase to the Upper Ammonoosuc River
  • In the Horse Pasture, Search the Perimeter
  • Mr Hand and a Glass of Water
  • We Don’t like to Lose
  • Jail for 7 Months Forfeit of Snowmobiles
  • Lying is a Misdemeanor
  • Stay Safe, But Work Hard
  • Reciprocity Weekend
  • Riding with Bob – Transfer to Invesigator
  • 1000s of Sleds
  • Eagles Nest
  • Orange Sled Skiis
  • Marijuana in Plain Site
  • Stop or You Will Be Tased

026 Praveed “Abe” Abraham – Warden Pennsylvania Game Commission

Praveed “Abe” Abraham’s journey to Game Warden is unique.  Abe’s travel’s began in India as a young man and then to Yonkers, New York in the concrete jungle.  Abe always knew that he loved the outdoors and wildlife and on a chance, applied to be a game warden.  Not long after Abe found himself at the Academy and he’s never looked back. Abe is the first ethnic Game Warden in Pennsylvania.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • The Park and Nature
  • Guyana – Hunting in the Jungle
  • Concrete Jungle
  • Waffle House and Farming
  • Hamburg PA
  • I Move Away from India
  • XYZ, Dead Deer Training
  • Calling Yonkers
  • I Got In
  • Boarding School Prep for the Academy
  • The First Ethnic Warden
  • 51 Weeks, A Specific and Special Place
  • Acronyms
  • Game Warden Aren’t Going to be Millionaires
  • Law of the Woods
  • If Everything was Sunshine and Rainbows
  • Sprayed with Mace
  • The Pochonos Love Capital
  • A Huge Bear Population
  • A Bear at Hunter’s Safety Classes

025 Jim Cyrs – New Hampshire Game Warden, Snowologist & North Woods Law

Jim Cyrs is a New Hampshire Game Warden, Conservation Officer, a frequent guest on North Woods Law, and holds a degree in snow science.  Jim works the north country of New Hampshire when the snow gets deep and the terrain gets rugged, especially around Mount Washington.  Jim shares several stories of intriguing cases that he’s investigated during his time with NH Fish and Game.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • A Metal Detector and a Bear Case
  • Not a Bear Problem, It’s a People Problem
  • 5 to 6 Feet of Snow in June
  • Snow in July on Mt Washington
  • A Degree in Snow Science, Snowology
  • Biogeography
  • Mt Washington Park Ranger
  • Don’t Open Two Doors at Once
  • The Androscoggin Rescue Team
  • Dinner on the Peak
  • Low Grade Rock Climbing
  • World’s Worst Weather
  • 3 Different Weather Fronts and the Jet Stream
  • 3700′ Tree Line in NH vs 8000′ Treeline Western States
  • The Lost Beaver
  • A Profession in the Outdoors
  • The Wild River and Town of Hastings
  • A Record for Carrying Stuff
  • Calm, Collective, Serious – Bill Hastings
  • Offering a Handshake post Ticket
  • Only Night Hunting Failure
  • Protecting Landowners
  • Building and Illegal Snowmobile Trail
  • Breaking Federal Laws
  • Worth with Us, We’ll Work with You
  • A Credit Card Warrant
  • Foot Patrol, Prosecutor, Investigator
  • Building a Solid Case
  • Search and Rescue and Fitness
  • Cotton Kills when Wet
  • Hypothermia
  • Game Wardens in Sweden
  • POB Beacon Hits and Personal Locators
  • Snow All December
  • Tree Wells 10 Feet Down
  • 65lbs Packs
  • Follow the River
  • A GPS

024 Capt Tom Caifa – New York’s 140th Anniversary Conservation Protection

Conservation protection and enforcement in the late 1800s looked a lot different than it does today. We speak with Historian and Conservation Officer Captain Tom Caifa about the history of conservation law and protection over the last 140 years in New York State. The stories are priceless.

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Here’s What We Discuss:
The 140th Year of New York’s Conservation Police
Captain Tom Caifa
Historian and Conservation Officer
Showing New Recruits the Roots
Old Seal Skin Hats and New Jackets
A Law Book and Blank Tickets
The Case Would Lead the Travel
Broad Rules and Laws
1880 – Labrador Duck, Eastern Elk
Low Numbers of Deer and Turkey
Stopping Mass Hunting and Big Company Habitat Destruction
Hard to Find Game Protection Until 1930s
$500/year Income ($14000 today’s money)
NYC Illegal Trade
Wild Meat Canning
Chef Boyardee – Fined for Illegal Canning of Wild Meat
The Big Boom Post WWII
Population Creates Problems
Ticonderoga – A Deal with Landowners
Tanneries and the First Pollution Cases
Sam Taylor 1914
Fallen Officer’s Coin
Bill Kramer
Looking to the Military for Uniform Design
Secret Service of Game Protectors and Undercover Agents
Education and Public Outreach
Partnering with the NRA
Hunter Safety Hall of Fame
It Was a Hunting Accident But Was Probably a Homicide Back Then
Game Protectors to Game Wardens
Being Shot in the Badge
Department of Environmental Conservation
The First Game Police
Eb and Flow of Morale
The Swiss Army Knife of Law Enforcement
The Olympics at Lake Placid

023 Colonel Eddie Henderson – Georgia DNR

Colonel Eddie Henderson spent 36 years serving the state of Georgia at the Department of Natural Resources. Now retired, Col Henderson is able to reflect on his many cases that ranged from drug trafficking, to night hunting, to exotic animals and search and rescue. We discuss the changes that Col Henderson has seen over the years and get into details on a few of his exciting cases.

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Here’s What We Discuss:
My Second Colonel Interview
I Don’t Have an Accent
36 Year Career in Georgia DNR
Basic Academy and Hunting Season
$32,500 only 5 Years Ago
Patrolling Up River
Boating, Fishing, Hunting, DNR Land
Shorts are Optional
Cuff On, Then What?
Drug Trafficking and Exotic Animals
Dragging Out a Deer in August
100 Applicants, 20 Jobs
Dodge Power Wagon
The Next Piece of Equipment
A Night Hunting Case
A Ford Bronco and Too Easy
The Gotcha Moment
Search and Rescue Support Team
Search and Rescue Dollars
Focus on Conservation Law Enforcement
Georgia Special Teams K-9
Critical Incidents Reconstruction Team
Investigative Teams Overt and Covert
Poachers Like to Brag, Generally
Building a Network
Focus on the Positive
Conservation Enforcement Leadership
The Appalachian Trail