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Growing up in 1950s Evergreen, Alabama, meant more than growing up in a small, South-Alabama county-seat town. It meant growing up in a rural environment where hunting and fishing were never more than a few minutes away. Field and stream activities lured mostly males above the age of eight, and generous game laws did not obviate a brisk business in poaching. Since it was a poor county, Conecuh had its share of those who poached to put meat on the table as well as those who poached because they did not believe that game laws applied to them. Some prime game woods were controlled by large landowners who fiercely protected their land with the aid of all those who worked for them. Those who ignored “Posted” signs and other game laws usually gave those portions of county lands wide berth. They preferred the odds of taking their chances with the person responsible for protecting game in the whole county, William Anderson Thames.


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