Poacher Wars: A Pennsylvania Game Warden's Journal

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William Wasserman, a one-man wrecking crew who routinely confronted hostile, armed poachers in the backwoods of Pennsylvania and brought them to justice, writes about his encounters with outlaw hunters in a gritty, heart-pounding style that is sure to keep you turning pages until the last chapter has been read. Poacher Wars a prequel to Wasserman's second book Game Warden is an intense, well written account about a true wildlife warrior and his fight against the criminals who plunder our natural resources. It's a...
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Overview

William Wasserman, a one-man wrecking crew who routinely confronted hostile, armed poachers in the backwoods of Pennsylvania and brought them to justice, writes about his encounters with outlaw hunters in a gritty, heart-pounding style that is sure to keep you turning pages until the last chapter has been read. Poacher Wars a prequel to Wasserman's second book Game Warden is an intense, well written account about a true wildlife warrior and his fight against the criminals who plunder our natural resources. It's a book that will make you think about it long after you put it down. A book about a thin green line of dedicated game wardens, vastly outnumbered, who risk their lives on a daily basis in order to protect our wildlife for future generations to come.

As a Pennsylvania Game Warden, Wasserman patrolled 400 square miles of rugged mountain terrain where he investigated thousands of game law violations and arrested many violent career poachers. Throughout his career, he encountered a number of poachers who were convicted felons, including murderers, drug addicts, dope dealers, and outlaw bikers. This fascinating, true-life book contains sixteen chapters about some of the most dangerous and unpredictable men Wasserman encountered during his 32 years as a state game warden.

Excerpts from Poacher Wars:
I imagined my chest being ripped apart by a brutal magnum slug as I picked my way up the mountain. Then I quickly shook the nightmare out of my head, my skull screaming back at me that in thirty years of chasing armed poachers, I had always come out unscathed...

Sinbad came barreling around the corner in an astounding wheel stand! He was coming straight for me, his red mane billowing wildly about his head, lips twisted in a lunatic grin...

He could see two men inside, two rifles on the seat between them. And in that fleeting second, he realized he was outnumbered and outgunned! He reached back quickly and grabbed the butt of his revolver, pulling it from his holster...

I looked back at the injured man. Bud had his shirt open, his body deathly white. Thick, purplish blood seeped from his wound. He could die right here! I thought grimly...
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Editorial Reviews

Al Holliday
Wasserman's accounts read like scripts for a true-life reality television show. Murderers, drug addicts, dope dealers, and outlaw bikers have all crossed his path, to ends not of their liking.
Gerry Lister
Wasserman's book is a collection of 16 true stories about encounters with dangerous and unpredictable poachers and criminals. For the average reader of game warden literature it is a great addition to his library, and for the outdoor sportsman it is a great book to provide a behind the scenes view of the seedier side of our profession. This book is not an autobiography of the author, but instead, is an unpretentious, straight forward accounting of some events in his career that left him shaking
Robert Mitchell
Join Officer Wasserman as he shares in a most captivating style, some of his most exciting and harrowing experiences as a Pennsylvania Wildlife Conservation Officer. In more than 30 years he has encountered it all, from the most hardened criminals to the most unbelievable encounters with wildlife.
Cheryl Moskaluk
Wasserman is at his best when his stranger-than-fiction stories reveal their own truths. The seediness of many of these characters will make you squirm.
Pennsylvania Game News - Robert Mitchell
Join Officer Wasserman as he shares in a most captivating style, some of his most exciting and harrowing experiences as a Pennsylvania Wildlife Conservation Officer. In more than 30 years he has encountered it all, from the most hardened criminals to the most unbelievable encounters with wildlife.
Pennsylvania Magazine - Al Holliday
Wasserman's accounts read like scripts for a true-life reality television show. Murderers, drug addicts, dope dealers, and outlaw bikers have all crossed his path, to ends not of their liking.
International Game Warden - Gerry Lister
Wasserman's book is a collection of 16 true stories about encounters with dangerous and unpredictable poachers and criminals. For the average reader of game warden literature it is a great addition to his library, and for the outdoor sportsman it is a great book to provide a behind the scenes view of the seedier side of our profession. This book is not an autobiography of the author, but instead, is an unpretentious, straight forward accounting of some events in his career that left him shaking
Alberta Game Warden - Cheryl Moskaluk
Wasserman is at his best when his stranger-than-fiction stories reveal their own truths. The seediness of many of these characters will make you squirm.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971890763
  • Publisher: Penn's Woods Publications
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Edition description: WILLIAM WASSERMAN DBA PENN'S WOOD P
  • Pages: 149
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

William Wasserman, a third-degree black belt in Korean karate, and a former national bodybuilding champion, has written four books about his life as a state game warden. During his career, he received numerous awards for his work in wildlife conservation, including the United Bowhunters of Pennsylvania Game Protector of the Year Award; Pennsylvania Game Commission Northeast Region Outstanding Wildlife Conservation Officer; National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Conservation Medal; and the Pennsylvania Trappers Association Presidential Award. Wasserman is a prolific writer who has been published in dozens of national magazines including Black Belt, Pennsylvania Game News, Fur-Fish-Game, International Game Warden, and The Alberta Game Warden. He also penned a weekly outdoor newspaper column for 15 years, and hosted his own popular outdoor talk-radio program for eight years.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2011

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    This is a great book for anyone who wants to see what game wardens do to ensure our wild birds and animals are protected. I didn't know their job was so danerous that they carried guns. Poachers all have guns and the brave wardens have to protect themselves when they are on patrol. Reading this book was a good learning experience for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    good memories

    Poacher wars is a must read, outstanding outlook of what a game warden's job is all about. The dangers, and some of the people they come across every day. Having worked with Bill Wasserman for ten years out of my twenty-one years as a deputy (1976-1997), I have some good memories of our early years working together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2008

    Don't Miss This Exciting Book

    POACHER WARS is a concise, informative, and entertaining book revealing what a game warden is up against while doing his job. While reading this book, I learned of the diverse duties and perils a game warden faces, usually alone and at night. Not only did the author deal with sportsmen, but also with pseudo-sportsmen, many of whom where drug addicts, some with criminal records, and most of whom were carrying a loaded gun. Even though Bill Wasserman was assisted by a deputy force, many of these volunteers have regular jobs and are not always available, adding to the danger the job. POACHER WARS is a wonderful read and held my attention from cover to cover. It gave me a new appreciation for the men and women who protect our wildlife.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2008

    I was amazed!

    I had no idea that game wardens had the kind of investigative skills demonstrated by officer Wasserman. Crimes against wildlife can be more difficult to solve than crimes against humans. With wild animals, game wardens can't interview family & friends of the deceased to gather information that might lead to a suspect. Some of the crimes that officer Wasserman writes about were more difficult to solve than the murder of a human! The book was very enjoyable, and I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2008

    Hunters - Must Read!

    Bill Wasserman was probably the most dedicated WCO 'Wildlife Conservation Officer' the PA Game Commission ever had as its employee for over thirty years. Poacher Wars, by WCO Wasserman, is a compelling work in law enforcement and wildlife conservation ... a remarkable book that you will remember for years to come.

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