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Backcountry Lawman: True Stories from a Florida Game Warden (Florida History and Culture) Hardcover – March 12, 2013


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Product Details

  • Series: Florida History and Culture
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; First Edition edition (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813044294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813044293
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chasing wildlife rustlers in alligator country

 

“If you enjoy outdoor adventure flavored with colorful characters and wry humor, this book is for you. Follow dedicated wildlife officers as they use their wits and skills in the pursuit of poachers and wildlife law violators.”—Tom Mastin, forester and managing broker, Mossy Oak Properties Legacy Realty Services

 

“Lee recounts his amazing and challenging career as a Florida game warden with wit, wisdom, and careful attention to detail. You will travel with him as he boats the St. Johns River, walk beside him as he wades past resting alligators, and listen for that gunshot on a cold Putnam County night.”—Jeff Hahr, former patrol supervisor, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

 

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 realize 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 humor in the unsung exploits of game wardens.

 

Bob H. Lee spent over three decades as a water patrol officer on the St. Johns River and a land patrol lieutenant in Putnam, St. Johns, and Flagler counties. Before retiring in 2007, he taught man-tracking classes through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


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Very entertaining, informative & well written.
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If you want a good read about the great outdoors and the surprising things that happen out there this is the book for you.
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He's accurate, descriptive, detailed, and has a great sense of humor that comes through to the reader.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Quatrano On-target Words on April 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Bob Lee's book is a hoot. Entertaining, enlightening, and educational, the stories retold about his years as a Florida Game Warden made me laugh, scratch my head in amazement, and stand in awe of the men and women who do what game wardens do. Even though I was aware of some of the gaming laws and seasons, I didn't know the reasoning behind many of them, which is conservation. Florida is my adopted home and I'll admit I tend to stay away from swamps and marshes, but if I was lost on a river, I'd sure want to know that someone would do whatever they could to get me home safely. And, the respectful peek into the world and psyche of poachers was interesting, too.

This book is one that should be read by anyone interested in our environment, the backwaters and backwoods of Florida, and anybody with a passion for law enforcement. These folks are not on the mainstream map, but their work, passion and commitment for what they do shouldn't be disregarded. Thanks for an easy-to-read and fun book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Banks on March 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Backcountry Lawman is not only a detailed eye opener into the lives of game wardens, it allowed me to learn a little more about the career my husband had chosen since it was seldom discussed at home. In a time before cell phones and having radios that transmitted intermittently at best, not knowing was probably a blessing!

Bob Lee brings you along on stakeouts and high speed boat chases while educating you on how truly dangerous the job can be. I was captivated and often amused by the stories and couldn't wait to read each chapter!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack Owen on February 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Florida Game Warden Bob H. Lee's book Backcountry Lawman, (University Press of Florida), is the quintessential insider book with appeal to hunter, poacher, environmentalist and armchair voyeur alike.
Lee, who retired from the GFC (Florida Game & Fresh Water Fish Commision) as a Lieutenant following 30 years patrolling the St. Johns River and wilderness surrounding it. He spent seven years writing for trade, general and specialty publications while compiling this book of his exploits. A stickler for detail, Lee's natural story-telling ability is fact-filled and fun, and a good read for fans on either side of the law.
Hidden within the macho memories is an outstanding yarn of dogged persistence in the historic case of the “Choo-Choo-Poo-Poo”. That nasty incident which spoiled a nun's pleasant day fishing under a railroad bridge, resulted in a multimillion dollar Congressional Act, forcing Amtrack to update its Lincoln-era method of passenger human-waste disposal.
All manner of methods and weapons from a hand-cranked telephone-box sending an electric charge into the water to stun fish, to a pizza delivery-van to mow down roadside grazing deer , were used to capture and kill wildlife. Lee was fired at in the field, and his home driveway sabotaged by foes scattering roofing-nails - which played heck to his private and work vehicle tires.
It doesn't seem to matter what uniform lawmen wear. As Gilbert and Sullivan noted: “A policeman's lot is not a happy one.”
Unless you're reading about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Billy W. on August 18, 2013
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I've been an outdoorsman for over 50 years now. Although in a different career field now, I graduated from college with a forestry degree and once worked in the industry. And I've actually been caught by a game warden for killing a trophy buck during a doe-only management area hunt. If your life has a taste of any of that, you will love this book! I gave it four stars because it isn't as well-written as the books I normally read, BUT the stories are 5-star all the way. Well worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Summurbreez on May 24, 2013
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If anyone had told me I'd even read a book about about a "game warden" in Florida, I'd have thought they didn't know my reading tastes. But when our book club chose it, not only did I read it ... I LOVED it! It is interesting, educational, funny, suspenseful and more ... and so well written! You don't have to be a hunter, poacher or lawman to stay tuned in, either. The author's writing style makes it an easy, yet very entertaining read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By denise t. hammond on April 24, 2013
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I grew up in this county, I know Roger Gunner and all the areas talked about in the book, also some of the ppl who are not named in the stories. It's a great book to read and very interesting. Gunner is a great guy and when you are his friend it's a friend for life. Yes and your name will be CAT!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elisabeth virnstein on April 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"Backcountry" doesn't come close to describing the setting of this wonderful memoir; the places where author and game warden Bob Lee tried to catch poachers and enforce hunting and fishing laws might better be called the middle of nowhere, the boondocks, or the hinterlands. Whatever you call the setting, you won't believe the thieving characters that Lee encounters or the methods they use to catch fish and deer far beyond legal limits. You will be astonished by the very real dangers Lee's work entails--in fact, you'll see him nearly killed in the first chapter, drive "black" (without headlights) on narrow roads, miscalculate and drive his patrol boat out of a creek and into a clump of cypress, and suffer the payback of nails constantly scattered across his driveway.
I'm neither a hunter nor fisherman, never poached anything in my life except eggs for breakfast, and make it a particular habit to avoid danger, so my life doesn't intersect much with Bob's comical and suspenseful narrative. Whatever your background, you will enjoy an abundance of lively, personal, crazy adventures, as well as a view of, and a sincere appreciation for, the men and women who serve (for abysmal pay and difficult working conditions) the conservation mission of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
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