115 North American Game Warden Museum with Tom Caifa and Sheila Paquette

The North American Game Warden Museum could not be in a more perfect spot. Nestled amid the pristine forest, prairie, and floral gardens of the US/Canada International Peace Garden, it is the only space in the world dedicated to educating the public, celebrating natural resource protection, and honoring the fallen heroes who lost their lives in the line of duty. In this episode, we speak with board members Tom Caifa and Sheila Paquette about this incredible one-of-a-kind facility.  

Our Sponsors:

Thin Green Line Podcast

Don Noyes Chevrolet

Sovereign Sportsman Solutions

“A Cowboy in the Woods” Book

Hunt of a Lifetime

Maine’s Operation Game Thief

Wildlife Heritage Foundation of NH

International Wildlife Crimestoppers

Here’s what we discuss:

  • The term “game warden”
  • NAWEOA rebranding to International Game Warden Association
  • NAGW Museum was first conceived in the 80s
  • US states and Canadian provinces contributed
  • Museum was completed in 2005
  • The International Peace Garden
  • Passports are required
  • Past board members laid the foundations
  • Fundraising is key to the museum’s continued success
  • The NAWEOA 5K Torch Run
  • Torch Run began in 2000
  • The Run/Walk today is a family event
  • NAWEOA now has over 9000 members
  • Moose permit and other raffles
  • Annual golf tournament in Manitoba
  • Museum highlights
  • Cabins are available to rent year-round
  • RV parking and camping
  • Museum is open May – September
  • Donate to the NAGW Museum


Hosts: Wayne Saunders and John Nores

Producer: Jay Ammann

Art & Design: Ashley Hannett

Research / Content Coordinator: Stacey DesRoches


Apple Podcasts








Find More Here:


Warden’s Watch / TGL Store


Facebook Fan Page





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.

Our Sponsors:
Maine’s Operation Game Thief

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