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

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

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

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