Wardens

Wardens

2010 - 2018, Outdoor
There is rarely a dull moment when your job is protecting USA's most precious natural resources.

Episode Guide

  • Wardens - Shining Surveillance Part 1 (Episode 138)
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    Episode 138:

    Shining Surveillance Part 1

    To enforce a ban on shining for wildlife on public ground during the month of November in Michigan, wardens utilize an aerial patrol at night.

  • Wardens - U.P. Snowmobile Patrol (Episode 137)
    Episode 137:

    U.P. Snowmobile Patrol

    Michigan Conservation Officers in the Upper Peninsula have a lengthy snowmobile season to patrol, from sound checks to safe riding on trails.

  • Wardens - Long Day (Episode 135)
    Episode 135:

    Long Day

    Game Warden John Lesofski starts his day before sunrise and doesn't wrap up until well past sunset.

  • Wardens - Eye in the Sky (Episode 134)
    Episode 134:

    Eye in the Sky

    C.O.s in Michigan sometimes rely on aerial surveillance to crack down on illegal baiting during the firearm whitetail season.

  • Wardens - Elk Fever (Episode 133)
    Episode 133:

    Elk Fever

    There are two distinct elk seasons in Michigan, one in August and one in December; patrolling those two seasons couldn't be more different for the Officers in District 3.

  • Wardens - Watch Out for Grizzly (Episode 132)
    Episode 132:

    Watch Out for Grizzly

    Hunters have their downed elk attacked by a grizzly bear and Warden Koeppen investigates a separate dead elk left in a field.

  • Wardens - Firearm Opener (Episode 131)
    Episode 131:

    Firearm Opener

    All across Michigan, officers spend the 16 days of the firearm deer season responding to all types of calls. From trespassing to poaching, just when you think you've seen it all, something new pops up.

  • Wardens - Watching Walleye (Episode 130)
    Episode 130:

    Watching Walleye

    In District 6, the walleye opener is one of the busiest weekends of the year; a 10-officer patrol works during the weekend to make sure everyone is safe and obeying the law.

  • Wardens - Kings Hill (Episode 129)
    Episode 129:

    Kings Hill

    Warden Bryan Golie investigates a call of shots fired on private property during the big game season and is in for one long night.

  • Wardens - Still on the List (Episode 128)
    Episode 128:

    Still on the List

    Officers in both the lower and upper peninsula of Michigan work to stop hunters from baiting for bears too early.

  • Wardens - Rural Road Huntin' (Episode 127)
    Episode 127:

    Rural Road Huntin'

    The opening week of firearms deer season is extremely active; officers in districts three and six tackle road hunting issues in rural Michigan.

  • Wardens - Deer Patrol Bros (Episode 126)
    Episode 126:

    Deer Patrol Bros

    During the opening week, COs and brothers Bill and Shane Webster patrol the state using vastly different strategies; Bill goes on aerial patrol looking for illegal bait piles while Shane works the web to track down offenders.

  • Wardens - Dog and Decoy (Episode 125)
    Episode 125:

    Dog and Decoy

    Montana wardens use everything from a deer decoy to a K-9 to make sure hunters are following the rules.

  • Wardens - Shed Hunting (Episode 124)
    Episode 124:

    Shed Hunting

    Looking for antlers on opening day is like a Christmas morning for shed hunters. A few are willing to break the law for a crack at a monster shed. Montana wardens are on the look out for one offender who is no stranger to a run-in with the law.

  • Wardens - Interstate Travel (Episode 123)
    Episode 123:

    Interstate Travel

    To slow the spread of CWD, Michigan conservation officers work Opening Day to make sure no deer come in from infected states; the Wildlife Disease Lab checks suspect deer.

  • Wardens - Counting Shells (Episode 122)
    Episode 122:

    Counting Shells

    Michigan Conservation Officers spend a lot of time enforcing the laws of waterfowl hunting. Using canoes, they work silently across the state's largest game area. It's not all work as one officer oversees a class trip to the pheasant field.

  • Wardens - Buggy-ing Out (Episode 121)
    Episode 121:

    Buggy-ing Out

    The Fourth of July weekend in Silver Lake State Park is a non-stop party; Michigan conservation officers help patrol the park during this busy time and make keeping the peace their No. 1 priority.

  • Wardens - Chasing the Big One (Episode 120)
    Episode 120:

    Chasing the Big One

    Montana wardens spend a week tracking the killer of two out-of-season deer. Anonymous tips and eye witness accounts keep the wardens hot on a trail filled with many twists and turns.

  • Wardens - Elevated Charges (Episode 119)
    Episode 119:

    Elevated Charges

    It's a late night for two Michigan conservation officers as an investigation into a hunting blind on federal property turns into much more.The area is also home to a once nearly extinct bird that is now making a comeback.

  • Wardens - Three Stories, One Bear (Episode 118)
    Episode 118:

    Three Stories, One Bear

    Michigan conservation officers investigate a bear killed during the season's opening weekend; a suspicious bag of trash at a state park; the reason why every successful bear hunter has to turn in a tooth from his kill.

  • Wardens - Last Hurrah (Episode 117)
    Episode 117:

    Last Hurrah

    A veteran warden works his last season; wardens look back at a decorated career of one of the best.

  • Wardens - Road Warrior (Episode 116)
    Episode 116:

    Road Warrior

    Wardens set up a decoy to stop road hunting in Region 7. It's not long before they catch a shooter.

  • Wardens - Fly By (Episode 115)
    Episode 115:

    Fly By

    Wardens set up a check station in Region 5. When a group of hunters decide to run it, the chase is on!

  • Wardens - Bad Decisions (Episode 114)
    Episode 114:

    Bad Decisions

    Ethical hunters make the right decisions every day. This week Wardens find themselves confronted with Bad Decisions.

  • Wardens - Long Day (Episode 113)
    Episode 113:

    Long Day

    When Elk start to migrate the days get long. Wardens keep an eye on the herd and find that at night it really gets weird.

  • Wardens - Hot Mess (Episode 112)
    Episode 112:

    Hot Mess

    Wardens gear up for the last week of the season. The pressure is on, putting the Wardens right in the middle of a Hot Mess.

  • Wardens - Double Kill (Episode 111)
    Episode 111:

    Double Kill

    Region 5 has a rash of illegal elk kills and it's up to the Wardens to investigate the Double Kills.

  • Wardens - Back Country (Episode 110)
    Episode 110:

    Back Country

    Wardens do way more than just drive around in trucks and check licenses. This week the region one wardens go off grid to protect Montana's natural resources.

  • Wardens - Hidden Truth (Episode 109)
    Episode 109:

    Hidden Truth

    When Wardens stop a truck the first of November with Christmas trees in the back they know something is being hidden. Most likely the truth!

  • Wardens - Dump Site (Episode 108)
    Episode 108:

    Dump Site

    Region 4 Wardens find a deer in the dumpster, multiple deer dumped along side the road and a deer left by a trespasser. It's all in a long day's work!

  • Wardens - Grey Ghost (Episode 107)
    Episode 107:

    Grey Ghost

    Wardens get a tip about grey pickup shooting a deer at night; but even joining forces they have a tough time tracking down the Grey Ghost.

  • Wardens - Careless Endeavors (Episode 106)
    Episode 106:

    Careless Endeavors

    Opening weekend mayhem has Wardens running from one call to the next; but not all violations are negligence.

  • Wardens - Death Valley (Episode 105)
    Episode 105:

    Death Valley

    Something is killing deer in the Missoula Valley and it has FWP working overtime to find the culprit.

  • Wardens - River Rescue (Episode 104)
    Episode 104:

    River Rescue

    Drownings happen every summer on Montana's rivers and lakes. Region 1 Warden Chris Crane steps in to save a kayaker while Region 2 Wardens catch friends fishing in the wrong spot.

  • Wardens - Frozen Fire (Episode 103)
    Episode 103:

    Frozen Fire

    When a report of an illegal buck surfaces Warden Joe Kambic goes to work to find the shooters. Things heat up for Warden Rick Smauch when he responds to a fire, and Bryan Golie fights the winter weather just to patrol his area.

  • Wardens - False Witness (Episode 102)
    Episode 102:

    False Witness

    Block Management is one of the keys to great hunting in Montana but the rules are set. If you are going to break them the Wardens will be there to hold you accountable.

  • Wardens - Under Fire (Episode 101)
    Episode 101:

    Under Fire

    The drought conditions in Montana threaten to close down hunting and fishing in the Treasure State. But dead fish and restrictions are the least of the Warden's worries when the Bears come to town.

  • Wardens - Illegal Possession (Episode 100)
    Episode 100:

    Illegal Possession

    Region 3 Wardens chase down a check station runner only to find the hunters have shot a deer - but what and where is the question?

  • Wardens - Crying Shame (Episode 99)
    Episode 99:

    Crying Shame

    Region 5 Warden Nick Taylor is in the crosshairs when a hunter points a gun directly at him. And in Region 2 Wardens find a huntress with a secret she is hiding.

  • Wardens - Law Dodgers (Episode 98)
    Episode 98:

    Law Dodgers

    Region 4 Warden Bryan Golie chases down hunters that dodged a game check station. A nearly four hour investigation reveals exactly what they were hiding.

  • Wardens - Case Closed (Episode 94)
    Episode 94:

    Case Closed

  • Wardens - Blood Trail (Episode 93)
    Episode 93:

    Blood Trail

  • Wardens - Head Case (Episode 92)
    Episode 92:

    Head Case

  • Wardens - True Lies (Episode 91)
    Episode 91:

    True Lies

    A man is stopped outside of Billings for lying. Game violations are revealed.

  • Wardens - Minor Mistakes (Episode 90)
    Episode 90:

    Minor Mistakes

  • Wardens - Wasted Dummy (Episode 89)
    Episode 89:

    Wasted Dummy

    Warden Lesofski looks for those who left elk to rot. Region 2 Wardens get into a situation dealing with their decoy being shot.

  • Wardens - Night Chase (Episode 88)
    Episode 88:

    Night Chase

  • Wardens - Stolen Future (Episode 87)
    Episode 87:

    Stolen Future

    A headless deer, a trophy bull elk being poached and an illegally tagged deer keep the Warden's busy.

  • Wardens - Axel and Chains (Episode 86)
    Episode 86:

    Axel and Chains

  • Wardens - Invasive Species (Episode 84)
    Episode 84:

    Invasive Species

  • Wardens - Thrill Kill (Episode 83)
    Episode 83:

    Thrill Kill

    A small community in Montana was shocked by the killing of over 20 deer. Region 1 Wardens think outside the box to put a stop to this heinous crime.

  • Wardens - Above & Beyond (Episode 82)
    Episode 82:

    Above & Beyond

  • Wardens - Havin' Fun in the Sun (Episode 81)
    Episode 81:

    Havin' Fun in the Sun

    Questions from Bryan Golie; jet skis and boats come close to colliding.

  • Wardens - Behind the Shed (Episode 80)
    Episode 80:

    Behind the Shed

    There are mountain lions, bears and hunters keeping the Wardens busy, after the ranges are opened up.

  • Wardens - Fourth Dimension (Episode 79)
    Episode 79:

    Fourth Dimension

  • Wardens - Warden's Instinct (Episode 78)
    Episode 78:

    Warden's Instinct

  • Wardens - Failure to Tag (Episode 77)
    Episode 77:

    Failure to Tag

  • Wardens - River Rescue (Episode 76)
    Episode 76:

    River Rescue

  • Wardens - Angry Like a Moose (Episode 75)
    Episode 75:

    Angry Like a Moose

    The Wardens are called in to round up a 1,000 pound bully.

  • Wardens - Whart Training/Antler Hunt (Episode 74)
    Episode 74:

    Whart Training/Antler Hunt

    There is a child missing and chaos erupts. The State Game Range is open for antler hunting; but for one hunter, it will be a day he will never forget.

  • Wardens - Never Ending Day (Episode 73)
    Episode 73:

    Never Ending Day

    The Warden's day starts early with an opportunity to capture a convicted game violator.

  • Wardens - Casting Doubt (Episode 71)
    Episode 71:

    Casting Doubt

    The Wardens are out checking fishermen for licenses.

  • Wardens - Log Jam (Episode 70)
    Episode 70:

    Log Jam

    Warden Jon Obst checks recreational boaters for life vests; Warden Kyle Miller keeps campers informed on guidelines.

  • Wardens - Handicap Con, Night Stop (Episode 69)
    Episode 69:

    Handicap Con, Night Stop

    On this presentation of the best of Wardens, the hunt for law breakers continues. Not all offenders learn their lesson.

  • Wardens - Crazy Mountains, Deer Feeder (Episode 68)
    Episode 68:

    Crazy Mountains, Deer Feeder

    Region 4 Wardens saddle up for a back country patrol, cracking down on illegal activity. In Region 2 the salmon are spawning and the Wardens are on the look out for illegal anglers.

  • Wardens - Decoys and Trespassers (Episode 67)
    Episode 67:

    Decoys and Trespassers

    The Wardens receive complaints of poachers. A stakeout gears up to try and catch illegal shooters. Bryan Golie watches as a hunter moves in on an alert elk herd, and Kyle Miller responds to a call from the tip line.

  • Wardens - Boat Float, Girls on Flathead (Episode 66)
    Episode 66:

    Boat Float, Girls on Flathead

    The hunt for law breakers continues. Not all offenders learn their lesson.

  • Wardens - Sullivan Hill (Episode 65)
    Episode 65:

    Sullivan Hill

    Bryan Golie is after suspicious hunters during elk hunting season in Montana; Paul Luepke deals with hunters who shot mule deer does without proper permits.

  • Wardens - Whart Training, Antler Hunt (Episode 64)
    Episode 64:

    Whart Training, Antler Hunt

  • Wardens - Rogers Pass Rescue (Episode 63)
    Episode 63:

    Rogers Pass Rescue

    When your job is protecting our most precious natural resources in some of the nation's most remote areas, there is rarely a dull moment. Wardens chronicles the lives of Conservation Officers in America.

  • Wardens - 700 Yards (Episode 62)
    Episode 62:

    700 Yards

    Joe Kambic sets up an elk decoy to help nab illegal hunters; Kqyn Kuka tries to save a deer in the river.

  • Wardens - Antler Raiders (Episode 61)
    Episode 61:

    Antler Raiders

    Montana Game Wardens try to control the masses as antler hunters search for their trophies.

  • Wardens - Thin Ice (Episode 60)
    Episode 60:

    Thin Ice

    Nick Taylor responds to a call about duck hunters shooting over thin ice; Bryan Golie keeps an eye on the Bear Tooth Game Range on opening day of elk season.

  • Wardens - 18 Minutes (Episode 59)
    Episode 59:

    18 Minutes

    The wardens investigate a possible elk harassment case and possible poaching in Montana.

  • Wardens - Tangled (Episode 58)
    Episode 58:

    Tangled

    Nick Taylor looks for out-of-town hunters accused of trespassing and illegally killing a mule deer; Lee Burrows responds to a panicked deer hunter calling about a kill.

  • Wardens - Mercy Kill (Episode 57)
    Episode 57:

    Mercy Kill

    Wardens deal with a trespassing incident and an early hunting violation in Montana.

  • Wardens - Three-Fifty-Seven (Episode 56)
    Episode 56:

    Three-Fifty-Seven

    Wardens track a potential poacher who took a deer out of season; a warden as he takes his son hunting.

  • Wardens - Cheeseheads (Episode 55)
    Episode 55:

    Cheeseheads

    Game wardens search for poachers with a little help from full size decoys and local citizens.

  • Wardens - Warrants & Weed (Episode 54)
    Episode 54:

    Warrants & Weed

    Repeat offenders and people with outstanding warrants.

  • Wardens - In the Drink (Episode 53)
    Episode 53:

    In the Drink

    Montana Game Wardens deal with water issues including littering, under age drinking and the annual Yellowstone Boat Float.

  • Wardens - Operation Paddlefish (Episode 52)
    Episode 52:

    Operation Paddlefish

  • Wardens - Across the Seeded Fields (Episode 51)
    Episode 51:

    Across the Seeded Fields

    Montana Game Wardens work the opening day of pronghorn season.

  • Wardens - Litica (Episode 50)
    Episode 50:

    Litica

    Game warden Joe Kambic tries to track down an elk poacher; Brian Golie responds to an elk shootout.

  • Wardens - Guts (Episode 49)
    Episode 49:

    Guts

    Montana Game Wardens deal with the opening day of deer season.

  • Wardens - Operation Antler Raiders (Episode 48)
    Episode 48:

    Operation Antler Raiders

  • Wardens - Operation Recap (Episode 47)
    Episode 47:

    Operation Recap

    Bryan Golie, Jeff Darrah, Joe Kambic and John Lasofsky give their insight into what it's like to be Montana Game Wardens.

  • Wardens - Operation White Sulpher (Episode 46)
    Episode 46:

    Operation White Sulpher

    Wardens deal with conflicting hunting stories.

  • Wardens - Operation Whitefish (Episode 45)
    Episode 45:

    Operation Whitefish

    Wardens come across a gruesome crime and some illegal fishing activity.

  • Wardens - Operation Crow Creek (Episode 44)
    Episode 44:

    Operation Crow Creek

    A back country patrol in search of poachers; wardens are busy with illegal hunters and anglers.

  • Wardens - Operation Check Point (Episode 43)
    Episode 43:

    Operation Check Point

    Wardens deal with a giant black bear and people running their check station.

  • Wardens - Operation Rocky Mountain Front (Episode 42)
    Episode 42:

    Operation Rocky Mountain Front

    Game wardens are out catching poachers with an elk decoy, tracking down trespassers and checking tags.

  • Wardens - Operation Summer Recreation (Episode 41)
    Episode 41:

    Operation Summer Recreation

    Action near Seeley Lake.

  • Wardens - Operation Trespass (Episode 40)
    Episode 40:

    Operation Trespass

    Montana Game Wardens are on the lookout for illegal hunters.

  • Wardens - Operation Wildfire (Episode 39)
    Episode 39:

    Operation Wildfire

    Tracking a pesky bear who has been digging through the neighbor's trash.

  • Wardens - Operation Justice (Episode 38)
    Episode 38:

    Operation Justice

    A 5-year-old poacher case comes to a close.

  • Wardens - Operation Water Rescue (Episode 37)
    Episode 37:

    Operation Water Rescue

    A couple of wardens face off with early season anglers; open water rescue techniques.

  • Wardens - Operation Grizzly Bear (Episode 36)
    Episode 36:

    Operation Grizzly Bear

    Game wardens deal with a missing child who has been dragged off by a bear.

  • Wardens - Operation Wolf Creek (Episode 33)
    Episode 33:

    Operation Wolf Creek

    Wardens conduct a mule deer decoy operation in the Wolf Creek area of Montana.

  • Wardens - Operation Elk Dummy (Episode 32)
    Episode 32:

    Operation Elk Dummy

    Montana game wardens deploy elk decoys hoping to catch poachers.

  • Wardens - Operation Rogers Pass (Episode 31)
    Episode 31:

    Operation Rogers Pass

    A hunter injures himself in the woods; wardens chase hunters that don't stop at the check station.

  • Wardens - Operation Big Horn (Episode 30)
    Episode 30:

    Operation Big Horn

    Wardens monitor hunting activity on big horn sheep; confiscated trophy animals; Flathead Lake on the fourth of July.

  • Wardens - Operation Moonshine (Episode 29)
    Episode 29:

    Operation Moonshine

    Montana wardens track down suspected poachers.

  • Wardens - Operation Warm Springs (Episode 28)
    Episode 28:

    Operation Warm Springs

    Montana game wardens attend field training to prepare for opening day of waterfowl season.

  • Wardens - Operation H20 (Episode 27)
    Episode 27:

    Operation H20

    Game Wardens patrol popular waterways in Montana.

  • Wardens - Operation Bitterroot (Episode 26)
    Episode 26:

    Operation Bitterroot

    Montana's game wardens patrol the Bitterroot game area.

  • Wardens - Operation Litter Bug (Episode 25)
    Episode 25:

    Operation Litter Bug

    A littering stop turns into more; anglers break the rules; a warden stops a domestic assault.

  • Wardens - Operation Snow Cat (Episode 24)
    Episode 24:

    Operation Snow Cat

    It's elk season and the wardens check for compliance with hunting laws.

  • Wardens - Operation Waterfall (Episode 23)
    Episode 23:

    Operation Waterfall

    Record snowfall has made the waters treacherous and the wardens must ensure the safety and legal compliance of the boaters.

  • Wardens - Operation Antler Blitz (Episode 22)
    Episode 22:

    Operation Antler Blitz

    Montana Wardens look into illegally taken antlers.

  • Wardens - Operation OHV (Episode 21)
    Episode 21:

    Operation OHV

    Targeting illegal off-road vehicle usage; patroling along the Missouri River.

  • Wardens - Operation Warden (Episode 14)
    Episode 14:

    Operation Warden

    The best of season one.

  • Wardens - Operation Chuck Coal (Episode 13)
    Episode 13:

    Operation Chuck Coal

    Dealing with poachers.

  • Wardens - Operation Interstate Game Check (Episode 12)
    Episode 12:

    Operation Interstate Game Check

    Wardens set up a game checkpoint.

  • Wardens - Operation Paddlefish (Episode 11)
    Episode 11:

    Operation Paddlefish

    Wardens encounter a crowd after busting antler poachers.

  • Wardens - Operation Mac Pass (Episode 10)
    Episode 10:

    Operation Mac Pass

    Pursue elk poachers.

  • Wardens - Operation Boat Float (Episode 9)
    Episode 9:

    Operation Boat Float

    Wardens prepare for a crazy weekend.

  • Wardens - Operation Spotted Dog (Episode 8)
    Episode 8:

    Operation Spotted Dog

  • Wardens - Operation Blackfoot (Episode 7)
    Episode 7:

    Operation Blackfoot

    Multiple elk down in grizzly country.

  • Wardens - Operation Cascade (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    Operation Cascade

    Water safety checks and a camper on private land.

  • Wardens - Operation Antelope Dummy (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    Operation Antelope Dummy

    Region 7 runs a decoy sting the day before the season opens.

  • Wardens - Operation Yellowstone (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:

    Operation Yellowstone

    Region 1 firearms training and region 5 river watch.

  • Wardens - Operation Camper (Episode 3)
    Episode 3:

    Operation Camper

    Recreation fishing on the Tongue River Reservoir State Park.

  • Wardens - Operation Caviar (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    Operation Caviar

    Anglers snag paddlefish on the Yellowstone River.