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Backcountry Lawman: True Stories from a Florida Game Warden (Hardback)
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Backcountry Lawman: True Stories from a Florida Game Warden (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 30/04/2013
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In the underbelly of Florida, hardened poachers operate in the dark, out of sight and away from residents who sleep soundly through the night. But poachers are not the only midnight hunters. In the state's public wilderness tracts, cattle ranches, and water courses, wildlife thieves are stealthily and silently tracked.

Most people have never imagined the often dicey, comical, and sometimes bizarre job of a Florida game warden. Backcountry Lawman tells what it's like to catch an armed poacher in the act-alone, at night, without backup or a decent radio to call for help. These stories describe the cat-and-mouse games often played between game wardens and poachers of ducks, turkeys, hogs, deer, gators, and other species. Few people realise that "monkey fishing"-electrocution of catfish-had the same outlaw mystique in the rivers of Florida as moonshining once did in the hills of Georgia and Tennessee.

With thirty years of backcountry patrol experience in Florida, Bob Lee has lived through incidents of legend, including one of the biggest environmental busts in Florida history. His fascinating memoir reveals the danger and the humour in the unsung exploits of game wardens.

Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 9780813044293
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 231 x 160 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Lee . . . tells quite a story. As he relates his experiences you feel like you are sitting beside him in his 18-foot fiberglass 'Old Timer' patrol boat."--Panama City News Herald

"A fast, fun read that anyone who has spent much time in the Florida outdoors will thoroughly enjoy."--Fishing Wire

"Entertaining, enlightening and occasionally hilarious."--Outdoor Wire

"Details the many cat and mouse games poachers and game wardens play, featuring interesting real-life characters on both sides of the law who are constantly changing their tactics to stay one step ahead of the other."--Woods 'n Water

"Between the flat out laughs is a glimpse into what can be a deadly job."--St. Augustine Record

"As thrilling as any Indiana Jones epic."--Florida Times-Union

"Pure joy to read. . . . Backcounty Lawman has something for everybody, including white-knuckle boat chases in the dark, surveillance on bird poachers, deer decoy operations, and even an entertaining, yet important, pollution case."--International Game Warden

"An inside look at the sometimes amusing and sometimes scary things game wardens must do to catch fish and wildlife law violators."--Sun Sentinel

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