Game Warden Books

Published by the University Press of Florida and available for purchase March 12, 2013. Order the book in hardback,  eBook, or audio by clicking on photo.

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Chasing poachers and outlaws in alligator country… 

“As thrilling as any Indiana Jones epic.”–Florida Times-Union

“If you want to know how old-time game wardens did it, read this book.”–Chris Christian, Contributing Editor, Outdoor Life Magazine

“Has something for everybody, including white-knuckle boast chases in the dark, surveillance on bird poachers, deer decoy operations, and even an entertaining, yet important, pollution case.”–International Game Warden


Click here to view ABC/NBC First Coast News (Jacksonville) segment ‘Foes to Friends,’ about an unlikely friendship between the author and Roger Gunter, Putnam County’s most notorious poacher. This feature story won an Emmy Award for First Coast News in the Historical and Cultural category.

Click here to read book review in the St. Augustine Record (includes video clip of the author interviewing Roger Gunter–infamous poacher and outlaw–about electric fishing, snake bites and boat chases).

Click here to read book review in the Tampa Tribune (outdoor column).

Click here to read book review in the Daytona Beach News Journal.

Click here to read book review in the Florida Book Review.

Click here to read book review in the Palm Coast Observer.

Click here to read book review in Woods ‘n Water Magazine.

Click here to read all book reviews/ratings on Amazon.com.

Fresh off the press, Backcountry Lawman won First Place in the Florida Outdoor Writers Association 2014 Excellence-In-Craft Award for best outdoor book.

(Schedule of appearances are listed below.)

Bob H. Lee Game Warden Book Talk

Kickoff celebration for Backcountry Lawman’s selection as the 2014 Community Read for Putnam County.

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Notorious poacher Roger Gunter

Notorious poacher, click photo to learn more.

2014 Schedule of Public Appearances

 Palatka, Florida

January 7, 2014 | 5:30-7:30 PM

Palatka Golf Club, 1715 Moseley Ave, Palatka, Florida

Kickoff event in celebration of Backcountry Lawman’s selection by the One Book One Putnam Committee as Putnam County’s 2014 Community Read. Outdoor themed displays will be available for the public to browse.  Come hold LIVE ALLIGATORS, learn about edible wild plants, the collection of animal skulls, knife making, survival, archery and bass fishing.

Sanibel Island, Florida

January 17, 2014 | 10:00-2:00 PM

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

The author will give talks at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM, followed by a book sale/signing.

Punta Gorda, Florida

January 18, 2014 | 2:00-4:00 PM

Copperfish Books, 1205 Elizabeth St., Punta Gorda, FL–author talk and book sale/signing

Crescent City, Florida

January 21, 2014 | 2:00-3:00 PM

Crescent City Library–book discussion

Crescent City, Florida

January 21, 2014 | 7:30-8:30 PM

Fruitland Peninsula Historical Society–book discussion  (Crescent City Library)

Melrose, Florida

January 31, 2014 | 2:00-4:00 PM

Melrose Library

Meet the author and Roger Gunter–a colorful character from Backcountry Lawman and a legendary outlaw. They’ll give a tag-team presentation followed by a book sale/signing.

Palatka, Florida

February 4, 2014 | 6:30-7:30 PM

Palatka Library–book discussion

Interlachen, Florida

February 11, 2014 |2:00-3:00 PM

Interlachen Library–book discussion

Bostwick, Florida

February 13, 2014 | 6:00-7:00 PM

Bostwick Library–book discussion

Palatka, Florida

February 27, 2014 | 5:30-7:30 PM

GFWC Woman’s Club of Palatka, 600 S. 13th St., Palatka, FL 32178

Finale for the Backcountry Lawman Community Read. Come watch and listen as the author conducts one-on-one interviews with retired game wardens Tommy Shearer, Hank Starling, Guy “Gator” Banks, and the notorious poacher, Roger Gunter (all characters from the book). It’s guaranteed to be a hoot!

Palatka, FL

March 1, 2014 | 1:00-3:oo PM

Read(think)Books, 627 St. Johns Ave., Palatka, FL 32177 (Book Signing)

Bunnell, FL

March 29, 2014 | 8 :00-5:00 PM

Cracker Day at the Flagler County Fairgrounds, County Road 13, Bunnell, FL.

The author will be selling and signing books next the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission exhibit (kids will be able to hold live alligators).

Palatka, FL

April 14, 2014 | 6:30-7:30 PM

Putnam County Tea Party (open to the public), meeting to be held at the Palatka Bert Hodge American Legion Post 45, 312 Osceola Ave, Palatka, FL 32177. Author talk/book signing.

Welaka, FL

May 3, 2014 | 5:00-6:00 PM

Welaka Lodge & Resort, 1001 Front Street, Welaka, FL 32193

Meet the author and Roger Gunter–a legendary outlaw and colorful character from Backcountry Lawman. They’ll give a tag-team talk followed by a book sale/signing.

Satsuma, FL

August 30, 2014 | 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Log Cabin Winery, 376 County Road 309, Satsuma, FL 32189

Book sale & signing at the winery’s 7th annual festival

St. Augustine, FL

September 27, 2014 | 3:15-4:15 PM | Room 213

Florida Heritage Book Festival | Ringhaver Student Center at Flagler College

The author will give a 45 minute book talk followed by a sale/signing

Elkton, FL

October 18, 2014 | 8:00-5:00 PM

Cracker Day at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5840 State Road 207, Elkton, FL 32033

The author will be selling and signing books next to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission exhibit.

Ft. McCoy, FL

December 6, 2014 | 3:00-4:00 PM

Ft. McCoy Library, 14660 NE County Road 315, Ft. McCoy, FL 32134

Book talk followed by a sale and signing

2014 Appearance Dates for Schools, Churches, Civic and Private Clubs

Green Cove Springs, FL

January 23, 2014

Clay County Cattlemen’s Association

St. Augustine, FL

February 18, 2014

Garden Club of St. Augustine (Las Adelfas Circle)

Gainesville, FL

February, 22, 2014

University of Florida Law School PIEC (Public Interest Environmental Conference)–the author and Dennis Bayer, prosecutor for the Amtrak Environmental Case, will give a tag-team presentation.

Palatka, FL

March 2, 2014 | 2:00-3:00 PM

Palatka Health Care

Palatka, FL

March 18, 2014

Military Officer of America Association

Keystone Heights, FL

April 24, 2014

Senior Adult Ministry (Presbyterian)

Bunnell, FL

May 1, 2014

Flagler County Historical Society

Interlachen, FL

May 15, 2014

Rotary Club of Interlachen

Palatka, FL

August 14, 2014

People of Limited Sight

St. Augustine, FL

October 21, 2014

Gaillardia Circle Garden Club

Lake City, FL

November 6, 2014

Lake City Altrusa & Lake City Rotary Clubs (Annual Meeting)

Jacksonville, FL

December 1, 2014

First Coast Fly Fishing Club