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Journeys of Discovery: Memories of the game warden's son

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Join correspondent Tom Wilmer as he speaks with award-winning writer Steven T. Callan, author of "Badges, Bears and Eagles—The True-Life Adventures of a California Fish and Game Warden."

Callan is the recipient of the 2014, 2015, and 2016 “Best Outdoor Magazine Column” awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of California. His sequel, The Game Warden’s Sonreleased March 1, 2016, by Coffeetown Press of Seattle, is the focus of Callan’s 2016 book tour.

Retired game warden Steven T. Callan's love of nature and passion for protecting wildlife took root long before he experienced the adventures described in his memoir, Badges, Bears, and Eagles. In The Game Warden's Son, he recounts more of his own investigations, along with those of his game warden father and their colleagues. Intertwined with a half century of adventures and investigations is a story of the lifelong relationship between a boy and his father.

The book begins in the 1950s in the canyons and on the beaches of San Diego with incidents that sparked Steven's youthful imagination. After an idyllic boyhood in the Northern Sacramento Valley farm town of Orland, where he rode on patrol with his father, Steven became a game warden himself in the early '70s, joining the desert rats who patrolled the California counties banking the Colorado River.

With wry humor, Callan tells how he and his fellow officers outwitted the perpetrators—most of them crafty, some of them hilariously foolish—who poached deer, lobsters, and abalone, baited bears and sold their parts, shot wild ducks to supply restaurants, and killed songbirds for epicurean dinner tables. Their cases took them across the Channel Islands, through the back alleys of San Francisco, up the Sacramento Valley, into the Sierras, and along California's pristine North Coast. While these dedicated wardens saw their share of greed, they also appreciated the many hunters and fishermen who obeyed the laws and respected the earth's resources.

In the end, it was all about protecting California's natural resources for future generations, which is what Callan and company did, enjoying themselves every step of the way. Steve can be found online at steventcallan.com

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Author, Steve Callan
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Steve Callan (R) with Morro Bay based Fish & Wildlife Warden, Ryan Hanson