Game Warden: On Patrol in Louisiana [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Game Warden: On Patrol in Louisiana

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807146279
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 9/22/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • File size: 15 MB
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Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Foreword Lieutenant Colonel Keith LaCaze LaCaze, Lieutenant Colonel Keith

Acknowledgments

Introduction 1

1 Breaking Me In 3

2 That Man in the Dark 9

3 Where the White Perch is King 20

4 Atchafalaya Fog 36

5 The Decoy 54

6 The Smell of the Swamp 63

7 Peace on the Bayou 73

8 The Desperado 80

9 A Spider in a Web 89

10 Turkey Bait 103

11 The Glorious Fourth 114

12 The Drowning 125

13 Outlaws 134

14 The Twin Pillars 148

15 The Ugly Side 156

16 Changing Times 167

17 The Circus 176

18 The Oyster is Their World 188

19 Bodcau's Bad Boys 201

20 Land of the Green Gold 212

21 The Edge of the World 220

22 Brakedown 230

23 Wild Hogs, Ugly Dogs, Big Knives 239

24 Spinning Yarns 249

25 Just Another Day in Venice 259

26 The Last Patrol 272

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    Good read

    The chronicles his experiences riding with game wardens across Louisianna in short, easily read chapters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2010

    A MUST READ!!!!

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading. As I read I felt as though I was right along side them on patrol. What a wonderful way for someone to get a sneak peak into the daily lives of a Game Warden while on patrol. I also thoroughly enjoyed the pictures in this book.

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