Show 61: “North Woods Law”, Maine Game Warden Sergeant Tim Spahr

Show Information

Show: 61
Air date: Saturday, May 11
Guest: Sergeant Tim Spahr
Host: Steve Woods (Stevoe)
Studio Contributor Debi Davis
Executive Producer: Mark Gould (Sharky)
Assistant Producer: Shannon Maguire

Sergeant Tim Spahr is originally from the Wilkes-Barre area of Pennsylvania.  He grew up in a family of Polish-American coal miners.  Stevoe and Sergeant Spahr discussed how when they were children, all they wanted to do when they got home from school was to go outside and play.  That may have led Spahr to join the Coast Guard right out of high school, where he served on a search and rescue station and then went to Coast Guard Marine Science School.

TideSmart Talk with Stevoe

TideSmart Talk with Stevoe host Steve Woods welcomed Sergeant Tim Spahr, Maine Game Warden from Animal Planet’s “North Woods Law” to the studio.

After leaving the Coast Guard, Spahr went to college in Bar Harbor, Maine earning a degree from College of the Atlantic.  Before becoming a game warden in 1997, Spahr worked for the Department of Conservation.  Sergeant Spahr covers Section 1 (which emcompasses Portland and south to the New Hampshire border) out of 14 sections in Maine.  Spahr and the rest of the crew are currently filming Season 3 of North Woods Law.

Spahr lives with his wife Elizabeth in Kennebunk, where she is co-owner of “Village Yoga”.  Their 24 year old daughter lives in Seattle, Washington.

Maine Warden Service
Established over 180 years ago, in 1880, the Maine Game Wardens are committed to protecting and preserving Maine’s quality of life and outdoor activities.  The service’s first enforcement action occurred on March 12, 1880 when two men were apprehended for killing a doe in closed season.

To become a Maine game warden it takes an extraordinary person with a wide variety of skills. The Warden Service hires only the very best men and women in society and they come to us from all walks of life from both Maine and from away. Training to be a Maine game warden is extremely extensive, with 30 weeks of academy training prior to entering the field.

Maine game wardens oversee enforcement of all hunting, fishing, and trapping activity as well as all recreational vehicles. Game wardens also manage all search and rescue operations. The rescue skills of the Maine game wardens are recognized all over the country.

Additionally, game wardens in Maine have general state law enforcement authority and have the training and authority to enforce motor vehicle laws, investigate domestic violence issues, and enforce all other state laws.


Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2013 and filed under Uncategorized.

  • Carole Fromm

    Sergeant Spahr is my favorite warden, although all of the wardens are great. He is very professional in his approach and clearly knows his role as a game warden quite well. I always enjoy the episodes where he is present.

  • Carole Fromm

    I wrote a note but had computer problems. I just wanted to say that I love NWL and am happy that there will be a 3rd series as noted inSergeant Spahr’s interview. I feel that he is a great game warden. On the show it is great to see the beautiful state of Maine and learn about the many experiences of the game wardens.