Who doesn't love a little bit of law-breaking action in their nature shows? North Woods Law delivers all of that and more, with enough action to exude Cops vibes but enough education from the Department of Natural Resources to make every aspect of this show fascinating. The show originally began filming in 2013 and originally followed the careers and day in the life of DNR officers in Maine as they protected the wildlife and land, proving that the job is not easy nor is it without its risks and high-tensity situations.

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In 2016, the show jumped state lines and began following DNR officers in New Hampshire, following the same officers today. Overall, the show has received positive reception and it was reported that the Department of Natural Resources even saw an increased interest in job applications. There's certainly an education process that occurs with these officers protecting the Northeast but how much of it is just for show? As it turns out, in New Hampshire, everything viewers can see is about as real as it gets.

The Job Doesn't Always Entail Happy Wildlife Moments And Rescues

In one episode of North Woods Law, the officers made a surprising, and tragic, discovery. Back in July of 3013, search teams were deployed to find a missing hiker, Geraldine Largay. The 66-year-old hiker was an avid and experienced thru-hiker and was able to survive three weeks on her own after getting lost and stranded from the path she had been on. Largay had sent texts to her family asking them to go to the police for help but, tragically, the texts never made it through due to a lack of cell phone service in the area.

It was determined that Largay had left the trail to use the bathroom and couldn't find her way back, and while filming the show, the wardens were the ones who found her weeks later.

When The Show Moved To New Hampshire, Some Changes Were Made

There were plenty of rumors surrounding the filming location of North Woods Law; Maine's governor has made no secret of the fact that he can't stand the show (among other things) and between that and an alleged staged sting operation, everyone decided it was for the best that New Hampshire took over.

Since then, the show has changed quite a bit with an emphasis, thanks to the New Hampshire wardens, on nature and conserving it rather than the crime. The government of New Hampshire is in a pretty solid contract with the show, giving officials the full review of episodes and footage before it's aired.

Department Of Natural Resources Is Not Specific To Certain States

Contrary to popular belief, the Department of Natural Resources actually exists in every state across the U.S. While New England's departments are similar due to overlapping wildlife and similar landscapes, the Departments of Natural Resources in other states across the country experience completely different things and are responsible for an entirely different range of wildlife and protected lands.

DNR officers have the same abilities as police officers, which includes the right to make arrests and uphold the law in any area and, many times, the two departments will work together. The difference is that DNR officers focus on the state's nature and protecting the land and its wildlife, with training relating to the conservation of species and land.

The Production Company Has Aided In The Cause While Filming

Viewers might think that the wardens get paid for being on the show but, legally, they're actually not permitted to take any kind of compensation for it. This is due to the fact that they're state employees and as such, they can't take payment from any network or for their time spent in front of the camera. However, the production company, Engel Productions, still found a way around this in order to pay back - or, forward, in this case - their thanks to the officers who do participate. Engel Productions donates $2,000 to the New Hampshire Wildlife Heritage Foundation, according to Ranker.

This organization is the nonprofit sector of New Hampshire Fish and Game, which means that every time an episode is filmed, money is being donated to help the department and, in the long run, provide even further aid to conservation and the protection of lands and wildlife. Therefore, viewers not only learn while they watch the show but they can also feel good while watching it, too, knowing that while the officers aren't getting paid, money is going back into the state and its protected lands.

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