Can't get enough stories on the Maine Warden Service? Add these great reads to your library.

Deer Diaries

By John Ford

John Ford, retired Maine game warden, returns with book 3 of tales from his long career as a game warden in Maine. Each of them are filled with actual events and experiences, written as short stories, mostly humorous in nature, of the many great experiences the young game warden remembered the most.

Life and Death in the North Woods: The Story of the Maine Game Warden Service

By Eric Wight

Being a game warden in Maine is not just a job, it’s a way of life. This honest and entertaining book by a twenty-two-year veteran of the service tells the story of America’s oldest game warden service. The stories told cover the risks wardens face dealing with poachers, rogue wildlife, and the elements, as well as the drama that surrounds every search and rescue operation.

Open Season: True Stories of the Maine Warden Service

By Daren Worcester

A collection of 20 tales from 12 game wardens who altogether represent over 300 years of north woods law. 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.

Suddenly, the Cider Didn't Taste So Good: Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine

By John Ford

Retired Maine Game Warden John Ford has seen it all. He's been shot at by desperate prison escapees, been outwitted by wily trappers, and rescued scores of animals. As a tenacious and successful warden, he was always willing to spend the time needed to nab violators of the state's fish and game laws. At the same time, though, he wasn't a cold, heartless, go-by-the-book enforcer; he usually had a good quip ready when he slipped the handcuffs on a violator, and he wasn't above accepting a lesson learned as sufficient penalty for breaking the law.

This Cider Still Tastes Funny!: Further Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine

By John Ford

John Ford Sr. returns to the outdoors of Maine with This Cider Still Tastes Funny! Further Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine, his follow-up to the highly popular and critically acclaimed Suddenly, the Cider Didn't Taste So Good. Ford is a retired Maine game warden, sheriff, and gifted storyteller who carved out a reputation as a man of the law, but one who wasn't a by-the-book enforcer.


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Please Support the Maine Warden Service Relief Association

As a thank you to the wardens who contributed their experiences to Open Season, we have started a fund for the Warden Service Relief Association. The WSRA supports the men and women of the Maine Warden Service and their families. Please join us in thanking the Maine Warden Service. No gift is too small (or, for that matter, too large). 


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