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Book details
  • Genre:TRUE CRIME
  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Series title:The Forgotten Lawmen
  • Series Number:4
  • Pages:80
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543927917

The Forgotten Lawmen Part 4

Animals, Poachers, & Politicians

by D.B. McCrea

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Overview
David (D.B.) McCrea spent over twenty years serving the citizens of South Dakota as a State Game Warden. His career spanned from 1983-2006 and started in the small town of Flandreau. In 1990 McCrea transferred to the Minnehaha County Warden District in Sioux Falls, perhaps the most dangerous district in the state. His career eventually took him to Pierre where he served as Assistant Chief Game Warden and legislative lobbyist for the Division of Wildlife until his retirement. McCrea writes of his unique experiences and dangerous encounters in his series of books The Forgotten Lawmen. The Forgotten Lawmen Part 4: Animals, Poachers, and Politicians! is an eclectic collection of stories that provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the often misunderstood life of a South Dakota Game Warden. Readers will learn that game wardens, a.k.a. conservation officers, do more than just drive around and check licenses, which is one of many misconceptions about the game warden profession. McCrea describes in frustrating detail the numerous job duties of a game warden and the complicated system of managerial oversight, which he fittingly describes as "a wobbly house of cards." He tells the story of a young officer who is assigned to a warden district three times the size of Rhode Island. It's a district where the locals are hostile to game wardens. Within four months of his arrival the young officer is shot at and physically attacked. It's a story of how grit and raw determination can overcome nearly any obstacle. There are tales of McCrea's ability to handle complaints involving wildlife and crop damage. Readers will be introduced to the insufferable Judge "Rolle." Judge Rolle takes an intense dislike to the new Moody County Game Warden and considers poaching cases a waste of time. The Judge's legal rulings are so bizarre they impede McCrea's efforts to bring poachers to justice. McCrea takes on the members of the state legislature whom he describes as the most powerful anti-sports
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David (D.B.) McCrea spent over twenty years serving the citizens of South Dakota as a State Game Warden. His career spanned from 1983-2006 and started in the small town of Flandreau. In 1990 McCrea transferred to the Minnehaha County Warden District in Sioux Falls, perhaps the most dangerous district in the state. His career eventually took him to Pierre where he served as Assistant Chief Game Warden and legislative lobbyist for the Division of Wildlife until his retirement. McCrea writes of his unique experiences and dangerous encounters in his series of books The Forgotten Lawmen. The Forgotten Lawmen Part 4: Animals, Poachers, and Politicians! is an eclectic collection of stories that provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the often misunderstood life of a South Dakota Game Warden. Readers will learn that game wardens, a.k.a. conservation officers, do more than just drive around and check licenses, which is one of many misconceptions about the game warden profession. McCrea describes in frustrating detail the numerous job duties of a game warden and the complicated system of managerial oversight, which he fittingly describes as "a wobbly house of cards." He tells the story of a young officer who is assigned to a warden district three times the size of Rhode Island. It's a district where the locals are hostile to game wardens. Within four months of his arrival the young officer is shot at and physically attacked. It's a story of how grit and raw determination can overcome nearly any obstacle. There are tales of McCrea's ability to handle complaints involving wildlife and crop damage. Readers will be introduced to the insufferable Judge "Rolle." Judge Rolle takes an intense dislike to the new Moody County Game Warden and considers poaching cases a waste of time. The Judge's legal rulings are so bizarre they impede McCrea's efforts to bring poachers to justice. McCrea takes on the members of the state legislature whom he describes as the most powerful anti-sports men and women organization in the state. He explodes the myths that a game warden has more search and arrest authority than a police officer. There are tales of mistakes and mishaps that reflect McCrea's humanity. Readers will meet Jim, a man who stubbornly refuses to abide by the rule of law. Jim makes the bold claim that he owns the wildlife on his land. McCrea uses sound logic and the rule of law to win the debate. The stories are engaging, funny, enlightening, and insightful. Welcome to McCrea's life as a South Dakota Game Warden where nothing is ever routine. Welcome to The Forgotten Lawmen Part 4: Animals, Poachers, and Politicians!
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 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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