Bill Bower became one of the most famous game protectors (This was the name before they were called wildlife conservation officers or WCOs) in Pennsylvania when he penned his first column in Pennsylvania Game News many years ago. His stories fascinated readers about his exciting work.
Bill has often been quoted as saying, "If God created a better job than being a game protector then He must have kept it for himself." Now there is a guy who likes his work.
After 32 years Bill retired from his regular full-time work of WCO but immediately signed on to be a deputy. Most people would think this to be a demotion. Bill told me it was a great way to volunteer to do the work he loves but not having to do all the paper work he did not really care for.
In 1989 Bill wrote his first book called, State Officer, Any Guns or Game." This became a popular seller right from the beginning. Bill shares many of his humorous stories as a WCO. He also shows how his job description has changed over the years.
Next, came One Man in Green. This was a continuation of more experiences in the field. Working in Gods Wild Garden followed. It is an exciting book on how Bill could see the correlation between his observations of plant and animal life and how it relates to the Bible. It was popular among a wide variety of people.
All the Men in Green was a historical book on the Pennsylvania Game Commissions game protectors who served the sportsmen of our state and how many are continuing to do so today.
As you might have guessed by now, Bill has come out with his fifth book. It is called Every Day Was Game Day. This is sort of an overview of the 32 years he faithfully served as game protector/WCO in Bradford County. He retired in January 2002.
The 156-page "Game News sized book" is laced with numerous color and black and white photos of Bill while working and wildlife scenes.
Bills sense of humor particularly comes out in the chapter titled, "A Day Spent Christmas Shopping. "Bill is obviously out of his environment when cement and stores surround him, as you will discover when you read this chapter.
Bill had previously related the story to me that appears in the chapter he calls "Roady the Bear. He had me laughing while we were on patrol together. I will not ruin it for you here but it has to do with a certain strange bear found along the highway after a phone call late one night. The bear was later kidnapped!
Strangely, we were on our way to pick up a road-killed bear when he was telling me about Roady. When we got to the scene of the accident, the bear turned out to be a black dog. Guess what Roady turned out to be?
Bill also shares how he was able to catch certain law violators when it seemed as though it would be impossible. Sometimes his notes in a favorite notebook gave him a clue as to how to solve a crime committed years before.
There is a nice "foreword" written about Bill by a certain guy name Wes Bower, his brother. Whenever I have seen Wes, he lets me know their mom liked him best! He also has the same sense of humor.
Bill wrote to me recently saying he could not reach me by phone one day at 10 a.m. He concluded I must have still been in bed. I assured him in the return letter I never sleep past 9:55. I also told him his book would sell more copies had he not put his photo on the front cover!
If you would like a copy of Every Day Was Game Day, you can do so at: Bill Bower, 153 Redington Avenue, Troy, PA 18947. It is $14 plus 6 percent sales tax and $2 shipping and handling.