If you wondered about the physical requirements for North Woods Law, NH - here they are

I am a huge fan of North Woods Law, seen on the Animal Planet TV channel. I also have the advantage of living in the Great North Woods where so much of the Conservation Officers' education and enforcement take place. I have encountered these men on a number of occasions, and they are fit, courteous, intelligent and versatile - they have to be.


Their tasks are so demanding, in so many ways, I delved into the physical requirements for trainees. These standards are very task-specific, and for the curious, here they are:

Description of Physical Aptitude Test

1. Water Requirements: (A) Tread water for 15 minutes; and (B) Swim 200 yards, in 7 minutes, using any stroke except the dog paddle.

2. 1 ½ mile run – 12-minute time allowance.

3. Using an attached rope, candidates must drag (continuous motion/without stopping) a 185 lb. object a distance of 75 feet.

4. Simulated litter carry: The candidate, with a 20 lb. backpack, must carry a pail weighing 35 lbs. up and down a flight of 22 stairs a total of five (5) complete times. Once the candidate has commenced the exercise, s(he) may not change hands to carry the pail, set it down, or stop forward motion in ascending or descending the stairs.

The water requirement speaks for itself - a lot of rivers, streams, lakes and even a bit of seashore in New Hampshire. The run obviously is to gauge cardio fitness. The rope drag mimics pulling a dead deer off the road perhaps, while the pail carry mimics carrying an injured person or dead body off of a mountain.



North Woods Law/New Hampshire is very popular. You may want to tune in and find out why.

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