019 David Loewen – Montana Fish and Wildlife – Chief Law Enforcement

David Loewen spent time in the US Coast Guard stationed in California, mostly chasing drug crime. His post Coast Guard career lead him back to Montana to protect the wildlife in the land only second to the wildness of Alaska. David shares with us many stories of poachers and about the dangers that the job presents.

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Maine’s Operation Game Thief

Here’s What We Discuss:
Time in the Coast Guard – Cali to Montana
A College Fund and Marine Biology
Relying on a Team
A Rural District to a Populated One
From the Baby Warden to the SGT
15 Year on the Ground Prepping for Chief
Horses, Horse District, Water, Water District
A Headless Elk
Shot During the 3rd Qtr of the Superbowl
A Jeep and an RMEF License Plate
Getting Stale 24 Hours Later
Rolling in Hot, Elk Head Raid 5AM
Trophy Restitution, and Fines
TIP Program, Turn in a Poacher
Felonies
Sharing Info, Tax Fraud, and License Fraud
Resources to Investigate
Answering to the IRS instead of the State of Montana
The Best Fishing in the United States
Delist the Grizzly
Losing 9 Officers, It’s Dangerous
Reading People, Body Language
Managing Situations Verbally
Verbal Judo
More to Hunting than Shooting an Animal
Online Hunter Ed vs Classroom
Montana is a Great Place

018 Mark Rutkowski – The Bear Trap

Mark Rutkowski is one of six supervisors for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Mark started out as a deputy and eventually worked his way into a full time Warden. Mark has been involved in many interesting game thief investigations over the years in a state with a rich tradition of hunting. Mark shares with us many stories on this episode.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

One of 6 in the State of PA
The Deputy Program 325
There for Resources Not Money
Special Tactical Team
Rhodesian Army
Being Comfortable in the Woods
The Creek Thing
The Bear Trap
A Conservation Land, Sweeping for Mines, Open for Hunting
Paramedic in Scranton
10 Deputies that Became Game Wardens
On the Job Training
A Culture
1% of the Hunting Population in PA
1st Day Deer Season is Like Xmas
Saturday Afternoon after Thanksgiving
Hunting Tradition and Participation
A Sportsmen’s Meeting, Antler Restrictions
Poacher, Killing Several Hundred Deer
Ring Bologna – A Christmas Sausage
A Stolen Car, Another Poacher
Chop Shop and Burglary
An Attorney on Retainer, Career Criminal
Three Point Restrictions, Controversial to Support
800+ lbs Black Bear, Pike County
25 Group Hunting Parties, But No Baiting
Half Finished Mounts, Stolen Mounts
Two Hides, Cutting Tags, He Ratted On Himself

017 John Nores – Before the Weed

Before John Nores retired and wrote his book Hidden Wars, he was a Game Warden for the State of California.  There he trained and learned and developed his skills that would eventually take him to a special task force called MET- Marijuana Enforcement Team.  Through MET, John dealt with thousands of members of drug cartels where he discovered that the cartel operations were growing toxic marijuana, destroying habitats and natural resources, and leaving behind an environmental disaster.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • The Trailblazer, a Pioneer
  • 28 Year as a Game Warden
  • Cartel Growers, Marijuana Tactical Groups
  • California Academy Days
  • 4 Years on the Civilian List
  • California was Focused on Preservation on Conservation
  • Unity instead of Polarization
  • It Got Western Quick
  • CA Based Gang Bangers After 11pm
  • AK, 10-22, Assault Shotguns
  • Illegal Guns, Dead Animals, A Shooting Game
  • 1983, Spotlighting Cases
  • Now Thermal Imaging
  • Back Burner, Front Burner
  • Joe Rogan Show, Thin Green Line
  • General Public Doesn’t Understand the Game Warden Job
  • Illegal Baiting Cases, Known for Tactics
  • FBI Certified Shooting School, SWAT
  • Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program
  • Humility and Appreciation is the Key
  • Marijuana Specialized Department Team
  • 5-6 Week Baiting Case
  • Too Dark for Gen 2 Night Vision
  • A Major Wake UP Call, Blood Trail, and 2 Arrests
  • Navigation in the Dark
  • Nothing Better Than Being There
  • The Hidden War on Drugs and Habitat
  • Diversity and Adaptability to Protect the Environment
  • Toxins and Banned Chemicals with Drug Cartels

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

015 Nick Brunson – Nevada Fish and Game Warden

Nick Brunson is a Nevada Fish and Wildlife Warden. Nevada is some vast wild west territory and Nick has 9000 square miles to cover on his patrol. With only 31 Warden’s in the state, it can be overwhelming and Nick often times will camp out as he attempts to catch a poacher instead of returning home for the night. It’s just part of the job.

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Here’s What We Discuss:
Massive Wild West, 9000 Square Miles
1st Warden Check in 20 Years
31 Officers
Your a Cowboy, Need a Horse
East Vs West
One Tag, One Sheep
Sheep Pneumonia
Not Much Hunting Data with One Sheep Kill
A Flight Patrol in a Helicopter
Law Enforcement is Part of the Management
A Wildlife Case, 2 Days Surveillance
An Elk vs a Moose
The Utah and Idaho Border
Bold Face Lies
I Didn’t Know I Was in Nevada
Lady Hunters are Finesse Hunters, Patient and Calm
Wardens Detect 1% of Crime
Can’t Be Everywhere
A Poached Deer Concealed in Brush
Easier to Stay and Camp
If You Kill It Use It
Crime Along the Border
A Migration from Idaho
An Outstanding Wife
No Cell Signals
A Little Piece of Gods Country
Get Wild in Nevada, Not Just Vegas

014 Jen Wolf – Michigan DNR

Jen Wolf is with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and has seen a variety of work over the last 21 years. Jen has spent time on the Michigan State Police, as a VCO and also was involved in the environment enforcement of the Flint Michigan Water Quality issue. Physical fitness is a priority for Jen and she says that the job has always had it’s challenges, but says your reaction is how you keep chaos under control.

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Here’s What We Discuss:
Jen Wolf, DNR, 21 Years
Pushups, Physical Fitness
Michigan State Police
Travers City, Michigan
VCO – Volunteer Conservation Officer
City Game Warden
As Good at a 25 Year Old Man
Pigeon River Forest
Checking Licenses
Car Stuck Where Trucks Go
Pressures of the Job, Understanding
Pollution Control and Environmental Protection
Federal and State
Water Quality to Fish and Wildlife
Trust, Flynt Michigan Water Issue
Finally the Truth, Bring it to Prosecution
Order to Chaos
Water Patterns are Cyclical, Look at History
Long Term Solutions, Not Short Term
Woods Water Seasons
Dealing with Good People and Bad People
Being Treated Differently
It’s All How You React to It
I’m Capable
The Dispatch Center
Regional Rep, 250 Officers
We Are Hiring
Never a Line at the Bathroom

013 Grant Hacking – Wildlife Artist

Grant Hacking a world renowned wildlife artist and whom the International Wildlife Crime Stoppers call their own. Grant’s pieces sell for from $1,000 to $30,000. Grant’s prints can often be seen on the covers of well know wildlife magazines like Gray’s Sporting Journal and Safari Magazine.

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Here’s What We Discuss:
A Passion for Conservation
Conservation, Not Preservation
A Leopard and a Sable
A Fancy Way for Prints
Imagination, for Settings and Scenes
4 Galleries, 2 Major Shows
Money into Conservation
Listening to Hunters, Describing the Scenery
Magical Childhood
Starving Artists, Making Money
Ducks, Ducks, and Duck Stamps
Not Canadian, Canada Geese
Gulls, not Seagulls
North American Animal Learning Curves
Guy Harvey
www.GrantHacking.com
Awards
I’m a Bit of a Snob
The Print Market is Amazing
22 Years
$1000 to $30,000
Why Would They Shoot a Peregrine Falcon
Dangerous Stuff, Crazy Stories

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
Competitive
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
Airing in Germany, Less Commercials in Europe

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

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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North Woods Law Softball Game

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