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ONLINE–Author Talk: Daren Worcester “Open Season: True Stories of the Maine Warden Service”

July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Re-creating the full Maine Warden Service experience, Open Season includes stories from two colonels, two lieutenants, two sergeants, four district wardens, one warden pilot, and one currently active-duty corporal. Altogether, their cumulative experiences enforcing Maine fish and game laws in the north woods account for over 300 years of warden folklore. There are life-and-death situations, humorous moments, the doldrums of a stake-out, and the struggle to carry on after a rescue mission turns into a body retrieval.

Before reality TV cameras, GPS devices, and dashboard computers, these wardens presided over a coming of age era for the Maine Warden Service. It was a time when a compass, map, and their wits were what mattered most in the field. Every day offered the potential for an exciting new adventure, many of which endangered the wardens themselves. This book recreates the full warden experience. In addition to hair-raising, life-and-death scenarios, the collection covers moments such as a child innocently outing his parents as “looking for deer” at night, the doldrums of a stakeout, and the grief of tragedy. The stories have been written in a third person, narrative format to ensure consistency in style and to help readers 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 if it means breaking the law.


July 28
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Jesup Memorial Library
34 Mt. Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
(207) 288-4245


Jesup Memorial Library
(207) 288-4245