Ramblings of a Lowcountry Game Warden: A Memoirby Ben McC. Moïse
Ben McC. Moïse served with distinction as a South Carolina game warden for nearly a quarter century, patrolling the coastal woods and waters of the Palmetto State. In this colorful career-spanning memoir, the cigar-chomping, ticket-writing scourge of lowcountry fish-and-game-law violators chronicles grueling stakeouts, complex trials, hair-raising adventures, and daily interactions with a host of outrageous personalities. With a lawman's eye for fine details, a conservationist's nose for the aroma of pluff mud, and a seasoned storyteller's ear for the rhythms of a good southern yarn, Moïse recounts his stout-hearted and steadfast efforts to protect the lowcountry landscape and bring to justice those who would run roughshod over fish and game laws on the Carolina coast. Along the way he paints a vivid portrait of evolving attitudes and changing regulations governing coastal conservation.
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Meet the Author
Ben McC. Moise was a conservation officer with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources from 1978 to 2002. In recognition of his achievements in law enforcement, he was presented the Guy Bradley Award by the North American Fish and Wildlife Foundation in 1990 and the Order of the Palmetto by South Carolina governor Carroll Campbell in 1994. A contributor to the Charleston Post and Courier, Charleston Mercury, and other regional publications, Moise lives in Charleston.
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Amusing and informative! I coulf smell the pluff mud in the air
Often game violation cases make the news, with bloodthirsty tales of egregious over-hunting, poaching or selling of illegal species. But you almost never hear of the hours of stealth, soul-sucking mosquito swarms or frostbite that went into catching the criminal in the act. Veteran South Carolina Game Warden, Ben Moise, the cigar chomping, ticket writing scourge of Lowcountry fish and game violators, has written his memoirs about his twenty-four years patrolling the coastal woods and waters of the Palmetto State. A bit Havillah Babcock meets Roscoe P. Coltrane, Ramblings of a Lowcountry Game Warden has a good many stories about how most of the time the poacher gets it, but how sometimes the outlaw sticks it to The Man. From frequent bouts of pneumonia due to wintry pre-dawn stakeouts, to search and rescues in hurricane-force winds, the focus of the book is the author's steadfast and unrelenting desire to bring to justice those who ran roughshod over the fish and game laws. Moise takes the reader on a narrative journey from his beginning days, his formative experiences, court trials, surveillances, and embarrassments all the way to the very moment of his retirement at sunset on the last day of the 2002 duck season. It covers conservation, environmental stewardship, hunting, fishing and general badassmanship. Moise caught drug runners, deer shiners, bootleggers, bad liars and those sportsmen who were either too lazy or too greedy to abide by the state's fish and game laws. From busting judges, representatives, sometimes his friends, and once, even a blind man, he got the reputation for being mean enough write his own mother a ticket. This is a must read for any conservationist, hunter, sportsman, tree hugger, campfire talker or lover of a good yarn.