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Old 03-21-2017, 04:45 PM
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Default Game Worden Shows ....

Similar to "Wicked Tuna" on TV the same channel is running "Maine Worden Service", "Alaska State Troopers" and recently, "Texas Worden". All three shows illustrate how much poaching, rule stretching goes on in the outdoor pursuits. Shows seem to be split between fishing and hunting. Reflect upon the authenticity, or lack thereof, that you have seen on these.
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Default Re: Game Worden Shows ....

I'm sure they're out there, but I have never seen any kind of enforcement anywhere on a Jersey beach after dark. A guy could poach to his heart's content, and have virtually no chance at getting caught.
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Old 03-22-2017, 04:23 PM
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Default Re: Game Worden Shows ....

I spent 60 years fishing and hunting to meet an occasional warden. One after examining my ice fishing gear, told me he had thrown better tip-ups out to the trash 20 years before. Another, sneaked up on us bait fishing at night hoping to surprise us; because I did not know who/what he was, I was preparing to protect myself with a weapon. Fifteen years ago, when I was 65 a CO told me I was too old to be hunting. But my experiences are drifting from the true purpose of the thread -- the Game Worden show.
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Old 03-22-2017, 04:32 PM
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Default Re: Game Worden Shows ....

More to the Worden shows, I find them entertaining and interesting and can relate to the many day-to-day examples of what they deal with. One guy in Maine bragged on the Internet that he caught 10 trout in a place where the limit was six and someone reported him to the Worden Service for which he paid a fine. They rescued a duck for rehabilitation. They caught a guy shooting a turkey too close to the road. All valid pinches.
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Game Wordens today, at least on TV seem, like upstanding, even noble enforcement officers. But years ago I saw a lot of things done by Environmental Police that were shameful. I guess nobody is perfect and it could more perception than reality. But having your bird dog running deer and punishing a person who complains about it is not good PR for the Worden Service. People talk.
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I'm just noticing the good Frank is back, Francis on vacation ?
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There is something that I do that cancels my Frank registration which forces me to register as "Francis". If I knew what it was that I was doing, I wouldn't do it.
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TV's Animal Planet must be having success with their first Game Worden shows -- Alaska, then Maine -- because they recently added Texas and New Hampshire. I predict that those shows will run their course then fizzle because they are overdone.
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One of the recent shows covered a guy who bragged on the Internet about catching a mess of trout. However he was over the limit and the wordens pinched him and he paid a fine. Watch out what you say on the Internet.
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