GENESIS OF A DUCK COP: MEMORIES & MILESTONES
Author: Terry Grosz
Publisher: Big Earth / Johnson, Feb 2006
A must read, not only for Grosz enthusiasts, but for anyone interested in the dedicated people who risk their lives to protect our wildlife. 6x9 inches, 288 pgs.
In his seventh book, Terry Grosz takes a different turn. Instead of telling the stories of protecting wildlife that marked his earlier books, this time he chooses to examine the life that led him to wildlife protection and to celebrate the many milestones in his life that furthered his career. Over the years Grosz has hunted all over the United States for ducks, geese, dove, sage grouse, cranes, deer, elk, wild hogs, coyotes and everything in between?but never a bear hunt!?and for good reason, but for that story you must read the book . . .
Ranging from the hilarious to the poignant, Genesis of a Duck Cop is filled with stories you won't soon forget. The reader can laugh with?or at?Grosz as he demonstrates his total ignorance of cows in ?To Milk a Cow.? And you can lament the loss of his innocence and of culture that Grosz explores in ?Chinese Graveyard.? He was only 10 years old when he had a job digging graves for $6.50 per hole. As a young boy, he pitched hay, worked as a logger, played high school and college football, hunted and fished and discovered ?peace in the valley? in the great outdoors. Later on he translated his love of Nature by working in state and federal wildlife enforcement for 32 years.
In his Milestones section, Grosz reveals how he learned to work the system, and how he built the National Wildlife Property and Eagle Repository on next to nothing. He also recalls the more depressing milestones of his career?the discovery that some people can do horrible things to animals because of who they are?and that some people aren't smart enough to know that they ought to leave wild animals in the wild.
Grosz?s fans will delight in learning about his younger days. Those who have never read any of his books in the past will appreciate his humor, his insights?his guts!?and his signature style. Genesis of a Duck Cop is a must read, not only for Grosz enthusiasts, but for anyone interested in the dedicated people who risk their lives to protect our wildlife.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Terry Grosz was a conservation law enforcement officer for more than 30 years, initially for the State of California, and later with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He spent the last 18 years of his career based in Denver as Assistant Regional Director for Law Enforcement. In 2004, Animal Planet aired Wildlife Wars, a two-hour reality-based movie based on Terry?s stories, with Terry as on-screen host and narrator.