Local game warden to be featured on ‘North Woods Law’ - Central Maine News

Updated: Apr 30, 2018

BY RAY ROUTHIER PORTLAND PRESS HERALD AND SUSAN M. COVER



Augusta native and Maine Game Warden Troy Thibodeau says he's not sure just what to expect when Animal Planet's "North Woods Law" returns -- especially since he's going to be a featured character in the reality TV show.


“For me, I had a little apprehension being on the show my first year,” he said. “I’m a pretty regular guy. I’m just trying to do the best I can. It will be interesting to see how it comes out on film.”


“North Woods Law” begins its second season Thursday, with the first of 10 new episodes that will run into April. On the show’s Facebook page, a photo of Thibodeau contains the text: “New warden, new crush?”


A film crew from the popular reality television show followed Thibodeau, 31, from the time he finished warden school in the summer of 2012 through his first hunting season last fall. The 2000 Cony High School graduate worked as a carpenter in the summers and on a boat for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the winters before signing on as a part-time warden in 2010.


He’s now based in Kingfield, where he’s responsible for 10 townships.

Throughout the fall, there was either a camera mounted in his truck or a cameraman sitting next to him, capturing the exciting and the mundane, he said.


Throughout the fall, there was either a camera mounted in his truck or a cameraman sitting next to him, capturing the exciting and the mundane, he said.


“The show is pretty real as far as reality TV goes,” he said. “It’s not like you do outtakes. I’ve learned a lot about how TV works.”


Thibodeau said he’ll watch the show with his wife, Samantha, and their children, a 3-year-old and a 10-month-old.


“It’s one of the best jobs in the world,” he said. “It’s a great job if you are self-motivated. There’s no one to tell me to go left or right when I pull out of the driveway every morning.”


Thibodeau and other wardens involved in the show think it’s been good for the warden service because it helps people understand what wardens do and how difficult the job can be.


The Maine game wardens have become celebrities of a sort since the show began airing on the cable channel last year.


Sgt. Tim Spahr was stunned when he attended an event at Maine Wildlife Park in Gray last year and saw people waiting in line for hours to meet him and other warden stars of “North Woods Law.”


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