Game Warden Books

Published by the University Press of Florida. Order the book in hardback,  paperback, 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 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.

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.

First Place, Florida Outdoor Writers Association 2014 Excellence-In-Craft Award for best outdoor book.

(Schedule of appearances listed below.)

Bob H. Lee Game Warden Book Talk

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

Order the Book: Hardcover, paperback, eBookor audio

Order the video: Backcountry Lawman DVD (55:35 minutes)Produced by Alan Saperstein, a 20-year veteran of PBS television, CH 5, Gainesville, FL.

Notorious poacher Roger Gunter

Notorious poacher, click photo to learn more.

2016 Schedule of Appearances

Lakeland, Florida

Thursday, March 3, 2016 | 7:00-8:00 PM

Florida Southern College (Florida History Lecture Series)

Book talk followed by sale/signing

St. Augustine, Florida

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Shamrock Garden Club

Melrose, Florida

November 5, 2016 | 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Four Days in Melrose, author will have his books (hardback and paper) for sale at the Melrose Senior Community Center, 307 State Road 26, Melrose, FL 32666.

Ormond Beach, Florida

November 18, 2016 | 2:00-3:00 PM

Ormond Beach Library (auditorium seating for up to 120)

Book talk followed by sale/signing

2015 Past Appearances

Hawthorne, Florida

February 14, 2015

Star Lake Homeowners Association, book talk

Ocala, Florida

March 7, 2015 | 2:00-3:00 PM

Silver Springs State Park

 Book talk followed by a sale/signing.

Satsuma, FL

March 14, 2015 | 1:00-2:00 PM

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

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.

Palatka, Florida

March 27, 2015

Florida Power & Light Retirees Luncheon

Ocala, Florida

March 29, 2015 | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 PM

Main branch headquarters–Marion County Library

The kickoff for the author’s speaking tour of all the branch libraries within Marion County. He’ll give a book talk followed by a sale/signing.

Ocklawaha, Florida

Saturday, April 11, 2015 | 2:00-3:00 PM

Forest Public Library

Book talk followed by sale/signing

Reddick, Florida

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | 12:00-2:00 PM

Reddick Public Library

Brown bag luncheon followed by book talk & sale/signing

Ocala, Florida

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | 6:00-7:00 PM

Marion Oaks Public Library (partnered with Freedom Public Library)

Book talk followed by sale/signing

Belleview, Florida

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 10:30-11:30 AM

Belleview Public Library

Book talk followed by a sale/signing

Dunnellon, Florida

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 2:00-3:00 PM

Dunnellon Public Library

Book talk followed by sale/signing

Ocala, Florida

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 1:30-2:30 PM

Master the Possibilities Education Center at Circle Square Commons

Book talk followed by sale/signing–open to the public.

Gainesville, Florida

Friday, August 7, 2015 | 1:00-2:00 PM

Tune in to the Hank Conner radio show at WUFT-FM 89.1. The author will talk about his book, the video, and his experiences as a 30-year veteran Florida game warden.

 Gainesville, Florida

Sunday, August 9, 2015 | 2:30-4:00 PM

Writers Alliance of Gainesville, will meet at the Millhopper Branch Library

Thirty minute book talk followed by 15 minutes on tips for nonfiction writers. Book sale/signing afterwards.

Crescent City, Florida

Saturday, September 19, 2015 | 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Crescent City Woman’s Club

‘Meet and Greet for Authors’–various authors from south Putnam County will have their books for sale.

Summerfield, Florida

Friday, November 6, 2015 | 6:00-8:00 PM

Del Webb Singles Club (private)

Book talk followed by sale/signing

The Villages

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 2:15-3:50 PM

The Villages Canoe & Kayak Club (open only to residents of The Villages with proper I.D.)

Book talk followed by sale/signing

Leesburg, FL

December 2, 2015 | 2:00-3:00 PM

Leesburg Public Library

Book talk followed by sale/signing