From the days when settlers first established homes and towns in New England, they took what they wanted of fish and wild game.
By the early 1800s wildlife populations were nearly depleted and states had restrictions on hunting seasons and bag limits for deer, moose and caribou.
The enforcement of the hunting regulations came from one or two individuals within a community. They received pay from the fines and sale of confiscated goods they took from the lawbreakers.
This did very little for the protection of wildlife and it wasn't until after the Civil War when any form of authority, that we recognize today as a warden service, came about.
Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine were providing train loads of hunted wildlife to a demanding market in other states....
The Warden Service not only works as a team, but with the proliferation of mobile phones, every citizen witness is a potential assistant to the service.
To your list of mobile phone contacts add the phone number of the Warden Service you may need from the following list:
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (Operation Game Thief) 800-752-5378 (outside Vermont, 802-241-3727)
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (Operation Game Thief) 800-344-4262 (outside New Hampshire, 603-271-3127)
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (Operation Game Thief) 800-253-7887 (outside Maine, 207-287-6057)
Other state information can be found on the Humane Society website, www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/hunting/state-report-a-poacher-for-web.pdf.