NOW IN PAPERBACK!

First Place, 2014 Florida Outdoor Writers Association Excellence-in-Craft Award

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

“Pure joy to read, . . . Backcounty Lawman has something for everybody, including white-knuckle boat chases in the dark, surveillance on bird poachers, deer decoy operations, and even an entertaining, yet important, pollution case.”—International Game Warden

“Provides an inside look at the sometimes amusing and sometimes scary things game wardens must do to catch fish and wildlife law violators.”—South Florida Sun Sentinel

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Bob Lee
Retired Game Warden Bob H. Lee holds a tracking stick

 

Bob H. Lee spent over three decades as a water patrol officer on the St. Johns River and a land patrol lieutenant in Putnam, St. Johns, and Flagler counties. His memoir, Backcountry Lawman: True Stories from a Florida Game Warden, recounts fascinating adventures from his years chasing poachers through Florida’s public wilderness tracts, cattle ranches, and water courses. The book has been tremendously popular since its publication in 2013, and we are pleased to announce that it is now available in paperback.

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Take a look at some photos from the award-winning book’s first two years!

Backcountry Lawman was selected as the 2014 Community Read for Putnam County, Florida, which led to a fantastic series of book events last year.

Author Bob Lee at the Putnam County Community Read kickoff event
Author Bob Lee at the Putnam County Community Read kickoff event
Florida Fish and Wildlife Officer Eric Meade (from chapter 23) at the Putnam County Community Read kickoff event
Florida Fish and Wildlife Officer Eric Meade (from chapter 23) at the Putnam County Community Read kickoff event
Bob Lee (left) with game wardens from the book
Bob Lee (left) with game wardens from the book

One of the best stories of all happened after the book was published. Author Bob Lee became friends with the most infamous poacher in his book and his biggest rival, Roger Gunther. “If you ask anyone in this area, anyone who ever gets in the outdoors, who the most notorious poacher was, they’ll say Roger,” Lee told ABC/NBC First Coast News.

Gunther even joined Lee for a few book signings.

Roger Gunther (left) and Bob Lee telling stories at the Welaka Lodge and Resort
Roger Gunther (left) and Bob Lee telling stories at the Welaka Lodge and Resort

Click here to watch “From Foes to Friends,” a Suncoast Emmy Award-winning segment by ABC/NBC First Coast News about the unlikely friendship between the poacher and the patrolman.

Want to meet author Bob Lee and get your copy of Backcountry Lawman signed? Check out his upcoming speaking tour at libraries in Marion County, Florida:

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

Main branch headquarters–Marion County Library

2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL

This is 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.

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

Forest Public Library

905 S. Highway 314A, Ocklawaha, FL

Book talk followed by sale/signing

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

Reddick Public Library

15150 Northwest Gainesville Road, Reddick, FL

Brown bag luncheon followed by book talk & sale/signing

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

Marion Oaks Public Library (partnered with Freedom Public Library)

294 Marion Oaks Ln, Ocala, FL

Book talk followed by sale/signing

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

Belleview Public Library

13145 SE County Hwy 484, Belleview, FL

Book talk followed by a sale/signing

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

Dunnellon Public Library

20351 Robinson Rd, Dunnellon, FL

Book talk followed by sale/signing

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