009 Greg Sirpis – Maine’s Operation Game Thief

Poaching is no different than stealing from a grocery store. Backed by the members of Maine’s Operation Game Thief (OGT), Greg Sirpis strives to lead Maine’s charge against poachers.  As Chairman of the Board for Maine’s OGT, Greg’s mission is to protect Maine’s natural resources. By organizing and promoting, educating, and making reporting easier for everyone, Greg hopes to catch one poacher at a time and reduce the number of animals and fish that are illegally taken in Maine every year.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • Upcoming Softball Game
  • Operation Game Thief
  • Wildlife Crimes Stoppers
  • Turning in a Poacher, Anonymously
  • Rewards, Most Don’t Want the Money
  • A Passion for Catching Bad Guys
  • Greg’s Start with OGT
  • An Opportunity for Cabela’s to Lead the Charge
  • It’s a Full Time Job
  • New Content – Live Streams
  • A Non-Profit That Represents
  • Friends of OGT
  • Educational Committee, The Ethics
  • 25,000 Deer Taken Illegally in Maine
  • Poaching is No Different Than Stealing
  • 1 800 Alert Us to a 411 App
  • Limited Amount of Resources
  • Quality Information
  • Eleven Volunteers
  • The Moose Lottery on a Weekend
  • Aug 3rd, Hadlock Field, North Woods Throwdown
  • International Wildlife Crime Stoppers
  • Northeast Wildlife Conference
  • Africa Fighting Tooth and Nail
  • Coyotes – Losing the Balance
  • Hard to Measure
  • Coming Up Next: Eric Fluette

005 Graham Courtney – Seacoast Game Warden

Covering the mainland is one thing, but having to cover the seacoast in addition to the mainland in a densely populated area adds a whole new dimension to being a game warden. The Joint Enforcement Agreement helps to cover an area with lots of traffic and keep the fisheries sustainable. The 13 miles of coastline in NH doesn’t seem like much, but it’s as active as any coastline area in the country with lots of commercial and recreational fisherman using these coastal waters.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • I Didn’t Really Want To Be a Game Warden
  • Associates Degree, Kept the Door Open
  • The Seacoast of New Hampshire
  • I Get Sea Sick
  • A 52′ Hinckley Sail Boat
  • Perfect Storm
  • We Won’t Ourselves at Risk
  • Lobstermen
  • Shell Disease 1 in 5
  • The Lobster License
  • V Notch and Egg Bearing Females
  • Deer Population of the Seacoast
  • A Concentration of People
  • Chris McKee and Training in My 40s
  • A 5 Gallon Bucket and Apples
  • Mark Hensel and a Canine
  • I’ve Never Kicked in the Doors
  • Dumpin Donuts
  • The Conservation Aspect
  • Integrating the Community
  • Soft Shell Clams
  • A Clam Rake as a Weapon
  • He’s Gonna Swim for It
  • Dave, Super Cop Fell in the Mud
  • From Fine to Felony
  • A Deputy Status
  • A Steak and Lobster Dinner

004 Lt David Gregory – One Vermont Moose Case that Became 9

We’re going to Vermont on this episode to talk to an old friend Lieutenant David Gregory.  It’s fun when as the host of the show, I also get to be the listener.  Lt. Gregory has some amazing stories to share and we were able to capture them here. I was on the edge of my seat.  Some of the stories we discuss are light hearted and some make you look life right in the face and realize that being a Game Warden is about life and death, and sometimes we’re putting our own lives on the line.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  •  Northeast Kingdom of Vermont
  • The Old Fish Hatchery
  • Dropping Bags of Walleye
  • You’ve Bred Another F’in Game Warden
  • Montpelier Police Service
  • The Hunter Ed Trapping Tapes and a Job
  • First Big Case and Buying a Cape
  • Long Story Short, I’m Guilty
  • A Bloody Hand Print on the Mountain Dew Can
  • Got the Guy But Not the Deer
  • A Beaver Set
  • The Ones that Got Away Still Burn
  • Gotta Run Both Decoys
  • The Chase Vehicle
  • Logging Roads and Traffic Lights
  • One Case that Turned into Nine
  • Can’t Leave the State – Ruining Christmas
  • Ticketing The Pennsylvania Hunter, Still Wrong Moose
  • Getting Hot in the Kitchen
  • My Grandson Shot It – He Needs a Nitro
  • An .06 Muzzle Flash at Night at 3 Steps
  • Crossbows Part of an Aging Trend
  • A Drowning in the Connecticut River
  • The Last Hole and the Underwater Camera
  • Down 30-40 Jobs
  • Training with Sargent Jewett
  • Looking Into the Son’s Eyes and Backing Out, Backing Up
  • An Assaulted Officer, Just Leave
  • To Disarm a Police Officer

003 Kevin Jordan – The Colonel and I

Kevin Jordan is a colleague and a great friend and he’s the Colonel of the New Hampshire Fish and Game. I’ve worked side by side with the Colonel for many years and learned tons from him.  Colonel Jordan is a great investigator and prosecutor.  “I caught ’em, he cleaned ’em,” as we used to say.  I was a sponge when it came to working with Kevin and he took me under his wing and helped me get back into law enforcement after I was shot in the line of duty.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  •  Two New Things
  • Changed and Evolution
  • Pulling Out Roses
  • A Night Hunting Case in Bishop Brook
  • He’ll Learn
  • He’s Gonna Shoot!
  • The Colonel’s First Night Case
  • A Folder with Blank Paper
  • Burning the Deer Remains
  • Taking Deer All Over the North Country
  • Case of a Career and a Dog Sled
  • Left for Dead
  • It’s a Homicide… Of an Animal
  • Loudon Race Weekend and Mount Lafayette
  • New GPS and Landing a Helicopter
  • Skag on a Rock and the Victim Lives
  • The Patrick McCarthy Case – Search and Rescue and the FBI
  • A Hornets Nest and Anaphylactic Shock
  • An Epi Pen
  • Grief
  • Trained to Be a Robot
  • Sonar Team and the State Police
  • Tickets at 20 Below
  • Covered in Blood and CPR
  • A Blink of an Eye and Life Changes
  • Freak Accidents and Heavy Heads
  • 16 Fatalities and Running Radar
  • Delayne and a Stop Sign

002 A Warden’s Best Cases – Wayne Saunders

The best day and the best cases is about an investigation and a night hunting case.  I discuss the Warden’s involved and the perpetrators and how the cases evolved.

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Here’s What I Discuss:

  • More Experience, More Cases
  • Night Hunting Cases
  • Sgt Robert Bryan
  • Decoy and Surveillance
  • Operation Game Thief
  • We Catch Bad Guys
  • Shots Fired
  • Musky Smell, Blood on the Hands
  • A Search Warrant and Drag Marks
  • Fresh Blood, You Got Me
  • I Don’t Want to Lose the Gun
  • A Pound of Flesh and a Confession
  • Some Guys are Playing Poaching Games
  • Who Can Poach the Most Deer
  • Flash of a Muzzle
  • Break Lights Lit Up the Whole World
  • A Gun Shot at Night Means a Night Hunt
  • A Browning BAR
  • Like That Treestand Over There?
  • A Moose Autopsy in the Woods
  • Unsolved… Never Got a Suspect
  • My Stetson is Off to Him
  • Homicides and Searches Run Hand in Hand
  • Cold Cases Go On, But Game Cases Die
  • Out the Back Door – You Can’t Hear a Crossbow
  • An Important Piece of Conservation

001 Wayne Saunders – Why I Built This Podcast – Wearing the Stetson

Welcome to the first episode of Warden’s Watch.  I am psyched! I’m excited to continue my adventure by talking to game wardens, biologists, and conservationists about all things related to the outdoors.  My goal is to educate.   I thought this podcast endeavor would be easy after being on North Woods Law and on radio.  Turns out, podcasting is much about soul searching.  Hopefully you’ll recognize my passion and dedication to promote conservation (not preservation) by finding the balance between people and animals. I hope to promote my brothers and sisters in conservation law enforcement by visiting the dangers, through stories, that the job brings.  And, I hope to increase awareness of programs like Operation Game Thief, Turn in a Poacher, and Wildlife Crimestoppers to better conserve the great resources on this planet. 

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Here’s What I Discuss:

  • My Story
  • You Should Understand the Job
  • Arthur’s Mountain and Legacy
  • Hunters are Conservationists
  • Seeing New Country – Freeing the Soul
  • My Dad and a BB Gun
  • Gun Handling and Grouse
  • Mrs. Colburn in the 2nd Grade
  • Wearing a Stetson
  • Ride Alongs
  • Roads that Have Numbers not Names
  • Nothing Is Routine, The Sixth Sense
  • My First Night Hunting Case
  • Wildlife Crime Stoppers and Operation Game Thief
  • Starting a Business – How Can I Do That?
  • Cutting Positions and Management Plans
  • Poachers – A Changed Man

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