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Warden's Watch

Wayne Saunders / John Nores

This podcast brings you stories from Game Wardens across the world. Listen to their favorite cases, worst cases, what led them to their career, and what makes their job unique. Hosted by retired game wardens Wayne Saunders and John Nores.

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86 For The FallenTGL028 Hometown Hero OutdoorsW04 Fisher with Jill Kilborn85 Hunt of a Lifetime
From the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA, we meet two representatives for Hunt of a Lifetime, a non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling hunting and fishing dreams for people 21 and under facing life-threatening illnesses or disabilities. Grant Fritz is a lifelong hunter who has been volunteering with the organization for over twenty years. Gabe Kerchner is a cancer survivor who shares the story of his Arizona mountain lion hunt. Together, they are part of a team of dedicated volunteers that reaches across the US and Canada to help make dreams come true when it matters most.  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: GRANT  Over 20 years with Hunt of a Lifetime Joining the organization; the first hunt Close to 2000 hunts Moose hunting in a broccoli patch They didn’t choose this Being part of the solution My world is in a tree stand Many tears have been shed You can help Bringing joy to a sick child Reach out if you know a child who would like a dream fulfilled GABE Diagnosed at 12 Making contact with Hunt of a Lifetime Receiving and training with a new rifle Hunting with hound dogs Others joined the hunt Why mountain lion?  Gearing up at Bass Pro Shops Hunted on a ranch Post-surgical challenges on the hunt 2015 relapse Fishing trips are also an option Lifelong friends Importance of supporting the organization An amazing experience, even without a mountain lion The grizzly bear hunt was too risky Credits Hosts: Wayne Saunders and John Nores Producer: Jay Ammann Art & Design: Ashley Hannett Content Coordinator: Stacey DesRoches Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify Amazon Google Waypoint Stitcher TuneIn Megaphone Find More Here: Website Warden’s Watch / TGL Store Facebook Facebook Fan Page Instagram Twitter YouTube RSS Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28 2022
36 mins
TGL027 Rose Anna Moore84 Bob Farrell – Hawai’i
Bob Farrell is a former fish and wildlife enforcement officer with more than 30 years of maritime experience in multiple environments from Alaska to Hawai’i. After a successful career with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife – culminating in serving as Assistant Chief – Bob figured he’d return to his home state of Hawai’i to wind down his career as an active game warden in the field, but fate soon intervened, and he once again found himself in a leadership position. Today, he continues his mission to strengthen conservation law enforcement through consultation and training all over the world. 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: Involved in wildlife conservation post-retirement Enforcement is sometimes an afterthought Earliest memories are on the water “I wanted to be Jacques Cousteau when I grew up.” NOAA fisheries observer aboard a Korean trawler in Alaska Six years fishing the Bering Sea Operating boats for the California Department of Fish & Wildlife  Joined CDFW as a dive instructor Accepted as a reserve warden Warden-centric TV programs helped recruitment Promotions are nice, but being an active warden is more fun Bob delayed promotion to join a major task force operation  Moved to Hawai’i to get back into the field, but then… “At the end of the day, I was obligated.” Helping enact progressive change Building skills from the ground up Secured funding for the first DOCARE academy Developing a Field Training Officer program Established the state’s first DLNR Officer of the Year award Sending officers to NACLEC  “Now we’re the tip of the spear.” Working nights wasn’t typical Caught spotlighters the first night Protect cultural as well as natural resources Retirement allows freedom to advocate for policy and legislation The importance of listening to different perspectives We can effect change Bob’s advice for potential game wardens Credits Hosts: Wayne Saunders and John Nores Producer: Jay Ammann Art & Design: Ashley Hannett Content Coordinator: Stacey DesRoches Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify Amazon Google Waypoint Stitcher TuneIn Megaphone Find More Here: Website Warden’s Watch / TGL Store Facebook Facebook Fan Page Instagram Twitter YouTube RSS Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14 2022
1 hr 2 mins
W03 Snowshoe Hare with Alexej Sirén83 Jonathan Demler - New Hampshire
In this episode, Wayne sits down with New Hampshire Conservation Officer Jonathan Demler. A highly decorated US Army veteran, Demler and his family moved to New Hampshire eight years ago when he joined Fish & Game after a distinguished military career which included three tours in Afghanistan. Listen as Jon describes what led him to a career in the outdoors, how his experience in the armed forces has contributed to his success at Fish & Game, and in a Warden’s Watch first, answers questions from our Patreon members. 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: Appearing on North Woods Law: quality over quantity Balancing work and family Transition from military life “A little bit of luck, but a lot of perseverance.” Coming to New Hampshire The problem solvers Changes in US military focus Experience in Afghanistan helped prepare for mountains of NH Do COs need to periodically requalify with firearms? Dealing with sick and injured animals Tough days Not all wildlife rescues are successful  Every day can hold a surprise The most gratifying part of the job Working hours can be flexible The importance of community Credits Hosts: Wayne Saunders and John Nores Producer: Jay Ammann Art & Design: Ashley Hannett Content Coordinator: Stacey DesRoches Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify Amazon Google Waypoint Stitcher TuneIn Megaphone Find More Here: Website Warden’s Watch / TGL Store Facebook Facebook Fan Page Instagram Twitter YouTube RSS Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31 2022
1 hr 10 mins
W02 Canada Lynx with Jill Kilborn82 Col. Clyde Warner - PA Fish & Boat Commission
With more than 86,000 miles of streams and rivers, 4,000 inland lakes and ponds, and 120 miles of coastal waters, there is no shortage of opportunities for a career on the waters of Pennsylvania. In this episode, Director of the PFBC Bureau of Law Enforcement Col. Clyde Warner describes the commonwealth’s recruiting initiative, the many advantages of joining his agency, and much more. Our Sponsors:  Thin Green Line Podcast 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: Can Waterway Conservation Officers deal with Game Commission issues? All officers are cross-trained  Officers from both agencies help each other Stocking 3.2 million trout The importance of fish hatcheries NASBLA accreditation and cadet training The importance of boating skills Taking action against black market reptile & amphibian sales Dual agencies allow each to focus on their respective mandates Implementing recruitment program to increase candidate pool “It doesn’t get any better than this” Unexpected perks and advantages  Credits Hosts: Wayne Saunders and John Nores Producer: Jay Ammann Art & Design: Ashley Hannett Content Coordinator: Stacey DesRoches Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify Amazon Google Waypoint Stitcher TuneIn Megaphone Find More Here: Website Warden’s Watch / TGL Store Facebook Facebook Fan Page Instagram Twitter YouTube RSS Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17 2022
22 mins
81  Rachel Thurner-Diaz - PA Fish & Boat Commission
Rachel Thurner-Diaz is just the seventh woman to serve as a Pennsylvania Waterways Conservation Officer. Although she grew up fishing, hunting, and boating, she didn’t opt for a career in the outdoors until she’d started down a different path. Today, after seven years, two kids, and being honored as PFBC’s Officer of the year in 2020, Thurner-Diaz knows she’s exactly where she’s meant to be. Our Sponsors:  Thin Green Line Podcast 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: Growing up in the outdoors The path to becoming a Waterways Conservation Officer First week of work is the busiest of the year Field training on the water Four female officers statewide Family life and flexible scheduling  Fish stocking is a public event What is float stocking? Golden rainbow trout FishBoatPA app displays where fish are being stocked Non-residents can take boat safety courses Community outreach Environmental law enforcement Snakes! No current illegal exotic animal regulations  Working patrol until just before giving birth Flexibility to find your niche PFBC command structure Trout stockers don’t eat much trout Credits Hosts: Wayne Saunders and John Nores Producer: Jay Ammann Art & Design: Ashley Hannett Content Coordinator: Stacey DesRoches Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify Amazon Google Waypoint Stitcher TuneIn Megaphone Find More Here: Website Warden’s Watch / TGL Store Facebook Facebook Fan Page Instagram Twitter YouTube RSS Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17 2022
41 mins
80 Tim Schaeffer - Executive Director, PA Fish & Boat Commission
Pennsylvania may have been named for its woodlands, but the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission believes the waters are the real attraction. Tim Schaeffer is the Executive Director of the PFBC, the agency dedicated to protecting, conserving and enhancing the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources, and providing fishing and boating opportunities for everyone. Join us as Tim describes the agency’s mission and its many public outreach initiatives - including a popular volunteer fish stocking program - and a mobile app that provides users a one-stop portal to the many activities the Keystone State’s waters have to offer. Our Sponsors:  Thin Green Line Podcast 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: What is the Fish & Boat Commission? Agencies complement each other Founding Fish Volunteer fish stocking program “You can’t beat Spring in PA”  FishBoatPA mobile app “Spend more time fishing, less time worrying about where to get a license” Always looking to do things better Online/web-based coupled with in-person courses  Trout in the Classroom Cold weather life jacket law  Life jackets are more comfortable than ever How to fit a life jacket The importance of clean waterways Fishing with the family Credits Hosts: Wayne Saunders and John Nores Producer: Jay Ammann Art & Design: Ashley Hannett Content Coordinator: Stacey DesRoches Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify Amazon Google Waypoint Stitcher TuneIn Megaphone Find More Here: Website Warden’s Watch / TGL Store Facebook Facebook Fan Page Instagram Twitter YouTube RSS Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17 2022
37 mins
TGL026 John Hayes - TaxidermistW01 Jillian Kilborn - Wildlife BiologistW00 Our Sponsor: Josh Dagnese, Village Gun Store079 Chad Eyler - PA Game Commission: Command Staff
In our final installment from the PA Game Commission, Wayne sits down with PGC Special Permits Division Chief Chad Eyler. Besides being an administrator for Pennsylvania’s Operation Game Thief program and the architect of one of the most successful wildlife crime reporting lines in the US, he also has the unique perspective of having worked for all three state conservation agencies. In this episode, Chad explains the formation, structure, and funding of the agency, the Deputy Game Warden program, and much more. Our Sponsors: Thin Green Line Podcast 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: ·        A good game warden story ·        Leader in wildlife forensics ·        Forensics skills can apply to all aspects of the job ·        Formation of the Game Commission ·        Refuges and ranges ·        Game lands help fund the agency ·        Low-cost hunting and trapping licenses ·        Explaining the Deputy Warden program ·        Almost a hobby ·        Hundreds of thousands of hunters ·        Keeping the agency moving forward ·        Issued a typewriter and a revolver ·        Refocusing priorities and adapting with the times ·        “It literally takes my breath away” Credits Hosts: Wayne Saunders and John Nores Producer: Jay Ammann Content Coordinator: Stacey DesRoches Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify Amazon Google Waypoint Stitcher TuneIn Megaphone Find More Here: Website Warden’s Watch / TGL Store Facebook Facebook Fan Page Instagram Twitter YouTube RSS Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24 2022
46 mins
078 Brandon Pfister - PA Game Commission: The Veteran077 Zach Salsgiver - PA Game Commission: The Rookie
On the eve of graduation, Wayne sits down at the Pennsylvania Game Commission with Zach Salsgiver, one of 24 members of the latest class of the Ross Leffler School of Conservation in Brockway, PA. Established in 1932, the school - part college, part police academy, and part museum - was the first of its kind in the US. Listen as Zach explains what drew him to a career in wildlife, and shares some of his experiences from his ten-month journey toward becoming a Pennsylvania game warden. Our Sponsors:  Thin Green Line Podcast 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: Academy attached to HQ building Day one can be a culture shock Switching careers Expanding recruitment into other states Academy history Training for anything The most eastern elk herd Seeing wildlife in a different light Job carries many risks  Verbal judo and understanding body language Fostering the next generation of hunters The class that gets tased together…  Wildlife forensics training Building a 44-week family Wayne’s advice for new wardens Never finish learning Credits Hosts: Wayne Saunders and John Nores Producer: Jay Ammann Content Coordinator: Stacey DesRoches Find More Here: Website Warden’s Watch / TGL Store Apple Podcasts Spotify Facebook Facebook Fan Page Instagram Twitter Stitcher TuneIn Megaphone YouTube RSS Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24 2022
52 mins
TGL025 Jay Crafter076X Brad Dannefaerd - Hunt New Zealand EXTRA