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Open Season: True Stories of the Maine Warden Service

Open Season: True Stories of the Maine Warden Service

by Daren Worcester
Open Season: True Stories of the Maine Warden Service

Open Season: True Stories of the Maine Warden Service

by Daren Worcester


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Before reality TV, GPS devices, and dashboard computers, there was a coming of age for the Maine Warden Service. It was a time when a compass, map, and one's wits were what mattered most in the field. Every day offered the potential for an exciting new adventure, many of which endangered the wardens' lives. Recreating the full warden experience, Open Season includes 20 stories from two former colonels, two lieutenants, two sergeants, four district wardens, a warden pilot, and one currently active-duty corporal. Altogether, their cumulative experiences account for more than 300 years of north woods law. In addition to hair-raising, life-and-death scenarios, the collection covers moments such as a child innocently outing his parents as “looking for deer” at night, the doldrums of a stakeout, and the grief of tragedy. You'll live through the eyes of these twelve wardens and feel the excitement of a twig snapped in the dark...the frustration of second guessing yourself when lives are at stake...and the duty to do what's right, even when it means breaking the law.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608936472
Publisher: Down East Books
Publication date: 04/01/2017
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 1,076,361
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Daren Worcester is a native of Hanover, Maine, and a graduate of the University of Maine. He has been published in Backpacker and Down East magazines, and he runs the website This is his first book. Daren lives in New Hampshire with his family.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Welcome to the Maine Warden Service 1

Chapter 2 Four-Finger Pete and the Pulp-Hook Poacher 15

Chapter 3 Ice-Out 23

Chapter 4 The Unfrozen 41

Chapter 5 The Wild Man of Fourth Machias Lake 51

Chapter 6 Stuck in the Mud 65

Chapter 7 Aroostook County Search Warrant 71

Chapter 8 What Happened to Ludger Belanger? 77

Chapter 9 Eyes in the Sky 113

Chapter 10 Dead Man Walking 121

Chapter 11 Sunk 131

Chapter 12 The Game Farm Poachers 141

Chapter 13 A Catch for Satan 153

Chapter 14 To Catch 'Em, Join 'Em 161

Chapter 15 Spider Lake Rescue 165

Chapter 16 The Boy Who Wandered Off 175

Chapter 17 The Undercover Warden 183

Chapter 18 Rolfe Brook Smelt Run 193

Chapter 19 Better Luck Next Year 199

Chapter 20 David Versus Goliath (And His Chainsaw) 209

About the Author 217

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