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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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

031 Elk Poacher – A Current Case in Utah

In the first episode with John Nores Jr as co-host, we explore a bizarre active and open elk poaching case in Utah.  That means we need your help.  We discuss the details of the case, the weapons used, and the rewards that are growing for information regarding this case. We also discuss the co-venture between Wayne and John, a new podcast found solely on Patreon called Thin Green Line found Thin Green Line Podcast.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • Doing and Teaching
  • Teamwork
  • A California Warden
  • Fired Up, Disgusting Poacher
  • GoFundMe
  • Corona Virus Monkey Wrench
  • Thin Green Line and Fans of North Woods Law
  • Triple Threat
  • JJ123 – Glastone Family
  • Hotline and Ski Resort
  • Dead of Winter
  • Chad Betridge – Utah
  • 5×5 Bulls
  • Shooting Elk with a 22
  • Hearing is Seeing – Critical Info
  • $40k in Rewards for Info
  • A Peregrine Falcon and Operation Game Thief
  • The Virus in Utah
  • Lock Down
  • Living in the Woods, Internet Service
  • Let’s Catch This Guy

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

028 Glen Lucas – Snowmobile Patrol Part II – Snow Machines, Investigations, Accidents, and Pursuits

This is part two of a two part series with Glen Lucas, a regular on North Woods Law.  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 shares several new stories in this episode including snow machine accident investigations, high speed pursuits, and a ride with the Governor of New Hampshire.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • I Can’t Remember Losing a Runner
  • Tracking Sleds
  • Blue Lights, Sirens, and a Trail Groomer
  • An Indy Trail Junker
  • A Typical Wednesday, Fun and Rewarding
  • Closing Trails, Economic Problems, Loud Pipes
  • Enforcement, Landowner, Club to Game Warden
  • I Lost 6 Pounds Off My Trail Weight
  • The 74.40 Club and the 248 Club
  • A Search Warrant for a Loud Exhaust
  • I Bought It That Way
  • A Track Record of Lying and Thieving
  • First Responder and First Aid
  • A Non-Responsive, Non-Breathing Call
  • Homicide? Negligent Homicide?
  • He Was Left There to Die
  • Just Give Me a Direction
  • Coming Down, Had to Educate, Returning Respect
  • Cookie Cutter Cases to Something Isn’t Right
  • Mumbling Fumbling Impaired, Where’s the Helmet?
  • He Ran Over His Buddy
  • Calling In the Crime Lab
  • A Non Fudge-able Piece of Evidence
  • See a Crack, Work It
  • Not Funded by General Funds
  • Changing Behavior and Education
  • Chris Sununu Riding Snowmobiles in the North Country
  • The Governor’s Ride
  • The County Attorney

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