15 Comments

  1. Hilton
    Hilton January 11, 2019 at 12:08 am | | Reply

    Great portrait of this guy. Dovetails with other game wardens I’ve run into. Low key, practical, understands people, just loves to be out there in the woods.

  2. robby porter
    robby porter January 11, 2019 at 8:35 am | | Reply

    Great show Erica. I love Whipple’s attitude especially the way he views lawbreakers as people like the rest of us but who have screwed up. He has no problem seeing them go to jail, but he still views them as human beings and community members who will be his neighbors again when they get out.

  3. Sage
    Sage January 11, 2019 at 2:19 pm | | Reply

    Thank you! Not rubbing people’s noses in their mistakes and being a genuine community member, all while protecting our animals. I’m grateful Jeff let you ride along. Please thank him from all of us. Can’t wait to have Leland listen.

  4. Amanda Feriante
    Amanda Feriante January 12, 2019 at 3:29 pm | | Reply

    I live in Oregon, in the city now for a little over ten years but my roots are in the mid-west and I grew up in rural Columbia River Gorge area. The side of my family who moved to Oregon from the mid-west, they were loggers who lived in a chicken coop the first year they were married, and are still hunters. Stories about taking care of family included the once in a while illegal deer, and though it was a point of fact, it was never glorified to work outside the law to provide food for family.
    Listening to this episode I had a full suspension of time and place and the only thing about my present self which I felt was the rare January sunshine, the rest of me was fully riding along and thinking about these folks who live close to the land.
    I have been listening to this podcast for two years(?) now but was compelled to comment today listening to this episode. I am also feeling under the weather, Erica, and I hope you are feeling better! I apologize for my disjointed comments. For a living, I resolve problems and sometimes on a Saturday my brain likes to get lazy and unfocused and just listen so it does not want to fall in line and compose something for you, but I want you to know that it is appreciated, what you do, and it has a far reach. I only wish I could go back in time twelve years and play this for my great grandmother and see how many or much memory and story it would prompt.

  5. Kelly Green
    Kelly Green January 12, 2019 at 5:20 pm | | Reply

    I am so impressed! Officer Whipple is clearly an outstanding law enforcement office – a model for all police. Thank you for this great episode.

  6. Maria
    Maria January 13, 2019 at 2:18 am | | Reply

    I have never been interested in hunting, and yet this episode depicts the hunting season so beautifully. Thank you as always for your warm storytelling, for bringing those voices of your state into spotlight. Much love from Vancouver, BC (previously NYC and Moscow).

  7. Chip McKnight
    Chip McKnight January 14, 2019 at 6:24 pm | | Reply

    Everyone should be so blessed as to spend the day with a Vermont Game Warden. Finest people I’ve ever known have worn the badge and the red coat.

  8. Rick
    Rick January 16, 2019 at 9:46 am | | Reply

    If you liked this, definitely read Kate Braestrup’s “Here If You Need Me.” She wrote it when she was the Maine State Game Warden chaplain. She’s an amazing lady, writer, human…

  9. Go Ear
    Go Ear January 25, 2019 at 1:10 am | | Reply

    Great portrait of this guy. Dovetails with other game wardens I’ve run into. Low key, practical, understands people, just loves to be out there in the woods.

  10. Tristan
    Tristan January 26, 2019 at 5:52 pm | | Reply

    Wonderful story, Erica. What a dude Jeff Whipple is. Him saying that he would still keep gong to work if he won the lottery was just gold. And I loved the roar of the V8 as you two picked up a bit of speed. A whole show of conversations while accelerating in V8s would be one I’d look forward to. Thanks, as always.

  11. Bridget Brennan
    Bridget Brennan March 15, 2019 at 10:56 am | | Reply

    Erica,
    Thank you for this wonderful interview with Warden Whipple. I love that you were able to capture some real action and that the warden does his job in a thoughtful, respectful manner. Perhaps you could do an annual ride along with him. I think it’s good for folks to learn about the role of a game warden and to realize the importance of that role.

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