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Outdoor Columnist Earns Top Honors

06/13/16 -- Award-winning author and MyOutdoorBuddy columnist Steven T. Callan has earned the “Best Outdoor Magazine Column” award for the third year in a row from the Outdoor Writers Association of California. The judges, who hailed from the journalism department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, had this to say about Callan’s writing: “Engaging and focused . . . Great ledes . . . Lively and captivating writing style . . . Topics are interesting, provocative.” Callan, who earned accolades with his 2013 “Book of the Year” finalist Badges, Bears, and Eagles -- The True-Life Adventures of a California Fish and Game Warden, kicked off his 2016 book tour in March to highlight his sequel, The Game Warden’s Son, released by Coffeetown Press of Seattle.

Steven T. Callan sitting on a big rock, by Kathy Callan

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.

Frank Galusha, founder and former editor and publisher of has this to say about The Game Warden’s Son: “An exciting series of easy-to-read and gripping detective stories . . . It was extremely hard to put down. Callan is a fine storyteller. Each chapter stands on its own and is a fun read.”

Steve will be signing copies of The Game Warden’s Son and Badges, Bears, and Eagles at the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association Wildfowl Art Festival at the Double Tree Hotel in Sacramento, on July 9-10, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


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