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

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

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

016 Sgt Todd Szewczyk

Todd Szewczyk is a retired Sargent with NH Fish and Game. Todd shared a similar timeline as Wayne did and has many colorful stories to tell about life on the job as a Game Warden. We cover a near death experience, snorkeling for pagers, and a new phenomenon -investigation using Facebook.

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Here’s What We Discuss:
The End of a Career
Balance
Col Joel Wilkinson – Maine Warden Service
Rochester, New York ’til Age 12
A Vet, Too Much School
University of New Hampshire Wildlife Management
Special Agents Have Good Stories
Black Eyed Peas
A Class in 1990
Milford PD, The Only Fish and Game Officer
Painting the Camp, a Chevy Blazer
The One that Got Away and an Alibi
Mass vs NH, Muzzleloader vs Firearm vs Felon
Marijuana Dealer and a Search Warrant
The Investigator, and Lies
The Truth Gets the Breaks
He Is Freakin’ Night Hunting! in a Caravan…
Statue of Limitations and Facebook
A Snow Mobile Story, A Near Death Experience
Hopping in the Trail, a Durable Employee
Sliding Like an Otter
Snorkeling for a Pager
A Mass Case, A Spot of Blood, and 4 Cases from 1
The Trail Camera Case, Rifle VS Shotgun
Kyle and Brian – The Kids of a Game Warden
The Alphabet

011 Eric Fluette – The Job of a Game Warden – Part Two

Eric Fluette covers the north east region of New Hampshire and is the operator handler for K-9 Moxie. This is part two of a two part interview. (Part 1 here.) We discuss moose season, accidental moose shootings, scuba diving in the Caribbean, and a few rescue missions turned recovery.

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Here’s What We Discuss:
A Remarkable Moose Season
Correcting the Yup Yup
A Sick Moose in Dummer
A Double Moose Mistakenly
The Antler is Usually Attached
Long Strides and Liquid Attractant
Diving on Turks and Caicos
A 6’5″ Shark
Zero Air
Picking a Working K-9
Moxie’s First Swim
a 30.06 Case, a Legal Shot
Airboat Pre-Flight
The Airboat Team
A Dangerous Scenario, a Drowning
A Rescue or Recovery, High Emotions
The Worst Hour and Informing the Family
Closure

010 Eric Fluette – The Job of a Game Warden – Part One

Eric Fluette covers the north east region of New Hampshire and is the operator handler for K-9 Moxie. This is the first of a two part interview. We discuss the beginning of Eric’s career, to Alaska, to the seacoast of NH and eventually to northern New Hampshire. And we tell a few great stories too.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

K-9 Moxie
History and the Colonel Jordan of the Worlds
Don’t Forget the Teeth
We Can’t Remember Everyone
The Swiss Army Knife
Matt Holmes District One
NH Big Woods, Alaska Fisheries
A Two Prop Plane, Cases of Beer
A Thicker Sleeping Bag, Smolt Traps
An LL Bean Package
Salmon Salmon Salmon
Brown Bears vs Grizzly Bears
A Life Line
Becoming a Conservation Officer
Seascoast District 6 to Erroll
Protecting a Natural Resource
First Shooter Night Poacher
Throwing the Lobster Gauge in the Snow
Lobster Poaching and Proving the Case
Watching
Coastal Binos are Bigger
DEET Eats Rubber
Josiah Alewives
$2000 per Pound
Mark Hensel, The Mill Buildings and the Lamprey
A $6800 Fine in Cash
A Chunked Up Tuna
The Feds Beyond 3 Miles
We Don’t Make the Laws, We Enforce Them
Cod and Striper – A Resource Story
Coming Up Next: Eric Fluette Part II

007B Ashley Mayers – Salt of the Earth Artist

Sometimes it’s not just about the Wardens. In this case, Ashley Mayers is the artist behind the Warden’s Watch logo and also girlfriend of Eric Hannett. We go behind the scenes and discuss life with a good friend of the conservation community.

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Here’s What We Discuss:
The Warden’s Watch Logo Artist
Salt of the Earth
The Jersey Shore
Off Shore vs Deep Sea
Pine Baron Reserve
Eric Hannett GF
NJ to NH
I Don’t Like Snow
Hurricane Sandy
The Bear and Deer of New Jersey
Duck Hunting

007 Eric Hannett – Salt of the Earth

Eric Hannett is a 16 year Conservation Officer veteran of the NH Fish and Game Department covering the Monadnock region of New Hampshire. Eric is also one of the featured Game Wardens on Animal Planet’s hit television show North Woods Law. Eric says that the demands of the job are never the same and that some days he can’t believe he gets paid do his job, yet other days he says he doesn’t get paid enough.

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Here’s What We Discuss:
16 Years, Almost a Vegetarian
Riding Snowmobiles, a 700
Physically Fit, Being Injured
A 36-40 Hour Shift
Bonding and Slap Happy
The Brink of Breaking
Regular Police Work
The Keene Patrol, Adult ADD
Chased by a Moose
The Alligator in the Connecticut River
A Rescue Story on Icy Roads
Starskey and Hutch Style
Operation Ice Holes and the Panfish Plunder
1000 Fish Over the Limit
A Night Hunting Case
The Milk and Whisky Story
Cold Case from the 1970s
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Flying Ninja Kick
6 Days of Filming for a 40 minutes Segment