117 Let’s Go For a Ride – with Bill Livezey

For twenty years, Bill Livezey led a double life rubbing shoulders with some of Maine’s worst wildlife offenders; the kinds of people who not only live by the poacher’s mantra “if it’s brown, it’s down,” but many who were dangerously unstable felons, alcoholics, and drug abusers – his success at putting bad guys out of business stemming largely from his early years as one of them. Since retiring in 2020 as the Maine Warden Service’s longest-tenured covert operative, he has co-written Let’s Go For a Ride, a captivating chronicle of both a life undercover, and a life transformed.

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Here’s what we discuss:

  • “Let’s go for a ride” – the universal bad guy code
  • Desire for wealth sent his father down a dark road
  • From successful businessman to meth dealer
  • Hired a hit man to kill his own brother
  • Ultimately died in a confrontation with police
  • Young Bill loved sports and the outdoors, but was using drugs regularly by 15
  • Spiraling out of control: “I was broken.”
  • Positive influences and an invitation from a teammate changed everything
  • Unity college and riding with the game warden
  • An extra-long warden service polygraph
  • Applying as many times as it takes
  • The young game warden who knew all the tricks
  • Experience as a juvenile lent itself to undercover work
  • Befriending, then arresting poachers was a psychological struggle
  • “Pull over! I’m an undercover game warden!”
  • Relationships have to feel real; some were easy, some not so much
  • Undercover work was difficult to step away from
  • Some cases were especially taxing
  • The fear of being discovered
  • The book brings the reader into each case


Hosts: Wayne Saunders and John Nores

Producer: Jay Ammann

Art & Design: Ashley Hannett

Research / Content Coordinator: Stacey DesRoches


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032 Eric Blanchard – Maine Warden Service

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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

012 Kris MacCabe – Maine Warden Service

Hitting clean up is Kris MacCabe as part of our interview series of North Woods Law Warden’s as a lead up to the North Woods Law Throwdown Softball Game. Kris is a competitive guy with a passion for the woods of Maine and the Maine Warden Service.

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Here’s What We Discuss:
The Maine Warden Services
A Name Back to 1880
Vacationland vs Live Free or Die
Search and Rescue, Police in the Woods
2 Weeks to 2.5 Year Search
A K-9 and Return to Base
Warden Search vs Volunteer Search
Sighting and False Sightings
Hunting and Search for Closure
Not a Job, It’s a Lifestyle
The Earle of Errol
The People’s Game Warden
A Warden’s Reputation – Healthy Fear
Role Reversal, Mrs MacCabe
Hunting Under the Influence
The Red Coats
My Neighbor was a Really Good Night Hunter
A Decoy and a Backyard Case
A Preemptive Warrant
A Birthday Gift with Deer All Around
The Canadian Did It
Red Handed Night Hunt
Standby to Standby, Nerve Racking
Manhunt for Corp Cole’s Killer
FBI Agents and Clearing the Cabin
North Woods Law
Game Wardens are Curious
We Always Have the Best Spots
Nothing Good Happens After Midnight
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