Poachers Were My Prey
Undercover wildlife officer details operation to infiltrate and hook Ohio fish poaching ringBy R.T. Stewart, as told to W.H. "Chip" Gross
Published Spring 2014
“You ain’t no damn game warden, are ya?” the poacher snarled.
I looked him straight in the eye and lied. “Game warden…? I ain’t no game warden!”
The poacher paused, mulling over my answer, and added quietly, “Then why you askin’ so many questions?”
Thus begins the true story of R. T. Stewart’s career as an undercover wildlife law enforcement officer with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. For nearly two decades, Stewart used his specialized skills to infiltrate poaching rings throughout Ohio, the Midwest, and beyond.
In his new book, Poachers Were My Prey: Eighteen Years as an Undercover Wildlife Officer, Stewart chronicles his undercover adventures, detailing the techniques he used in putting poachers behind bars. It also reveals, for the first time, the secrets employed by undercover wildlife officers in catching the bad guys. Operation Cornerstone was one of Stewart’s longest undercover cases, beginning in 2000 and spanning nearly two years. Stewart tells the following story in his own words.
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