Game Warden: On Patrol in Louisiana

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LSU Press, 2010 - Nature - 296 pages
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Of all law enforcement officers, game wardens inspire the most awe in the mind of the public. Working day and night, often in challenging terrain and bad weather, game wardens typically operate alone in remote areas and must understand the natural rhythms and cycles of the creatures and ecosystems they protect, all while encountering and sometimes interacting with people who are usually armed. Outdoors writer Jerald Horst spent one year riding on patrol with game wardens in the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. In riveting episodes, he chronicles their adventures, providing an up-close view of this demanding job and the band of men who take it on.

From the piney woods of the northwestern part of the state to the soggy Mississippi River delta and beyond to the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Horst accompanied dozens of wildlife agents, observing them, asking questions, sometimes sitting for hours with no action, and occasionally fearing for his life, as in the case of one speedboat chase. His candid observations show that the work of agents is often mentally and physically challenging, sometimes tedious, and -- more often than would be expected -- humorous, but never dull.

Whether wardens are conducting routine checks of law-abiding sportsmen or in pursuit of suspected poachers, the unanticipated is the norm. A seemingly ordinary stop can turn deadly in an instant. As one officer told Horst "complacency can get you killed." More than a job, serving as a game warden is a way of life, and Horst relates how the agents he met came to their calling.

An objective look at a heroic career, Game Warden offers an enthralling portrait of both the profession and the men behind the badge.


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Awesome book!!! The author of this book went on patrol with Louisiana Game Wardens capturing real life adventures. I love that as I read I felt like I was right there with them experiencing every moment. The pictures are amazing. Even if you don't read alot that alone is worth the price of the book. What a great way to take a closer look at Louisiana culture, wildlife, and the people who help protect it all. Definitely a MUST READ!!!! 


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Jerald Horst is the author of Trout Masters: How Louisiana's Best Anglers Catch the Lunkers; with Mike Lane, Angler's Guide to Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico; and with his wife, Glenda, The Louisiana Seafood Bible: Shrimp and The Louisiana Seafood Bible: Crawfish. He is a past president of the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association and a retired professor of fisheries at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center.

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