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Book details
  • Genre:TRUE CRIME
  • SubGenre:Hoaxes & Deceptions
  • Language:English
  • Series title:The Forgotten Lawmen
  • Series Number:3
  • Pages:84
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543921571

The Forgotten Lawmen Part 3

A Collection of Short Stories by a South Dakota Game Warden

by D.B. McCrea

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Overview
Warden McCrea spent 23 years faithfully serving the citizens of South Dakota as a state game warden. His career, which spanned from 1983-2006, started in the Moody County Warden District in the small town of Flandreau. What made the Moody County Warden District so challenging is that prior to Warden McCrea's arrival, the district had been without a game warden for 25 years. His first serious challenge was overcoming the many vicious rumors started by poachers desperate to see Warden McCrea fail. The rumors made it far more difficult for Warden McCrea to be accepted by the community. Through hard work and an unrelenting determination to succeed, and after identifying and dealing with the person most responsible for spreading the rumors, Warden McCrea is eventually able to win their trust and respect. The poachers paid a heavy price from that point on. The days of poaching with relative impunity were over. After serving seven years in Flandreau, Warden McCrea transfers to the Minnehaha County Warden District in Sioux Falls, the most dangerous district in the state. Officer McCrea writes of his unique experiences and dangerous encounters in his series of books entitled The Forgotten Lawmen. In his first book, Warden McCrea writes of his time in Moody County. In his second book, Warden McCrea writes of his time in Minnehaha County. The Forgotten Lawmen Part 3 is a collection of short stories that take the reader even deeper into his experiences as a young state game warden. He returns to his roots and describes in graphic detail some of his most memorable, often unorthodox adventures working the Moody County Warden District.
Description
Warden McCrea spent 23 years faithfully serving the citizens of South Dakota as a state game warden. His career, which spanned from 1983-2006, started in the Moody County Warden District in the small town of Flandreau. What made the Moody County Warden District so challenging is that prior to Warden McCrea's arrival, the district had been without a game warden for 25 years. His first serious challenge was overcoming the many vicious rumors started by poachers desperate to see Warden McCrea fail. The rumors made it far more difficult for Warden McCrea to be accepted by the community. Through hard work and an unrelenting determination to succeed, and after identifying and dealing with the person most responsible for spreading the rumors, Warden McCrea is eventually able to win their trust and respect. The poachers paid a heavy price from that point on. The days of poaching with relative impunity were over. After serving seven years in Flandreau, Warden McCrea transfers to the Minnehaha County Warden District in Sioux Falls, the most dangerous district in the state. Officer McCrea writes of his unique experiences and dangerous encounters in his series of books entitled The Forgotten Lawmen.
About the author
Born in 1960 in Philadelphia. Moved to Aberdeen, SD in 1968. Attended May Overby Grade School, Simmons Jr. High, and graduated in 1977 from Aberdeen Central High School. My mentor during high school was Carl Dauman who taught biology and advanced biology. His encouragement and support led to my receiving the outstanding biology student award my senior year. I attended South Dakota State University from 1977-1981, graduating with a BS Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. I worked a variety of seasonal jobs with the Department of Game, Fish, and Parks during summer breaks and after college, finally landing my first permanent, full-time job in Chamberlain, SD in 1982. I was primarily responsible for fisheries management in the southern half of Wildlife Division Administrative Region 2. I interviewed for the warden job which had just opened in Flandreau in August 1983. I was hired shortly thereafter and began my career as a game warden in an area of the state that hadn't had a game warden assigned to the district for 25 years. I was 23 years old about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. The rest of my story regarding getting accepted, the roadblocks, the pernicious lies and rumors, the perseverance, and ultimate success are detailed in the book. Over time I took on a extra responsibilities, especially in the area of officer training. I was a certified instructor specializing in firearms training, use of force, Glock pistol armorer, and investigating fraudulent license cases. I often led the state in the most tickets and arrests per annum but I also knew how to use and apply discretion to my law enforcement efforts. I proudly wore the uniform despite knowing I worked for the most despised and criticized law enforcement agency in the state. We battled poachers and radical landowner groups who wanted to privatize a public wildlife resource. We battled the state legislature who enacted game laws but really didn't want them enforced. They were seen as feel good laws that were more in line with suggestions or guidelines. I worked under four governors and only one supported game wardens; the rest actively agitated against game wardens, the worst being former governor Marion Rounds who is currently a sitting US Senator. He was so antithetical toward wardens he destroyed morale. It was hard going to work each day knowing you had no support, not even within the agency. I wanted to write this book series because I believe I have an interesting story. More importantly, I wanted the public to have a sense of what it means and what it takes to serve as a game warden. Our story has rarely been told.
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