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It's elk season in the Rockies, but this year a different kind of hunter is stalking a different kind of prey. When the call comes in on the radio, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett can hardly believe what he hears. Wardens have found a hunter dead - strung up, and gutted as if he were the elk he'd been pursuing. A spent cartridge and a poker chip lie next to his body.
Ripples of horror spread through the community, and with the possibility of a psychotic killer on the loose, the governor ends hunting season early for the first time in the state's history.
Is the killer a deranged anti-hunting activist? A lone psychopath with a personal vendetta? Game Warden Joe Picket is the man who will have to decipher the clues before more bodies - and poker chips - turn up.