To Fish or Not Be Able to Fish, THAT is the Question

There’s a report circling around regarding the possibility of a ban on all recreational fishing.  I’m looking for more sources to back it up but there’s not a whole lot out there that is not from a blog.  The main article came from ESPN which I do not consider a reputable “news” source.

I am hoping this is one big hoax and I really think it might be, because if it isn’t, it would be the beginning of the end for many who earn their livelihood through fishing.  It frustrates me when a group of people who know nothing about the outdoors – who’ve never known what it is to live off the land make decisions for those of us who have and who do.  I read a few comments online suggesting that no one needs to live off the land anymore. I beg your pardon? There are many who still do.  There are many who still need to.  Just because you don’t see them and don’t know about them does not mean they are not out there!

Some of my earliest memories are of fishing with my mom, dad and brother.  My first memory is when we lived in Peshtigo, WI.  I would have been about three or so at the time when we went down to the harbor and I caught my first fish, a bullhead.  I remember being so very excited and yes, I caught it all on my own.  Later, when we moved to the Crivitz area, we lived on our own lake. In fact, most of my friends lived on lakes.  I would fish in the morning right before school and have my mom cook up the fish for my breakfast.

Out West in Montana, I grew up going on family vacation pack trips into the Mission Mountains and the Bob Marshall Wilderness where I also hunted.  Later, when I was around 18, I worked at the Cheff Guest Ranch cooking on pack trips and in the hunting camps in the “Bob” where I also learned to fly fish.  Morning, noon and night, we ate cutthroat trout that we either caught ourselves or the guests brought in from their day on the river.  We never took more than we needed but we sure did enjoy fishing for them and eating them.  There’s nothing more delicious than fresh caught fish cooked right away over a fire.

And now that I have a little girl of my own, I am looking forward to taking her out for her first time fishing.  But now I wonder, will I get to do that?

Hopefully this is some gross over-exaggeration and they’ve just jumped the gun on a story that has no legs.  I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Until then, it never hurts to be informed.  There is no bliss in ignorance.

0 Replies to “To Fish or Not Be Able to Fish, THAT is the Question”

  1. In the interest of full disclosure, I have never been fishing, at least not that I can remember. Isn’t that funny? I mean, especially considering where I grew up. But I’m with you on this. Why do we make rules and mandates for the EXCEPTION?? It’s costly, time consuming, and illogical. I swear, someday I’m going to move to Europe! Ironically, it seems more free than the U.S. sometimes. Let us know what you find out about the fishing issue, okay?

    1. I know what you mean. The next step would be to ban hunting…can you imagine? PETA will be rocking in the streets. I’d love to see what they would do when the animal population swells to a point where they are starving, suffering and diseased. What do they think hunting does? Hunting – wise hunting and stewardship of the land and water is what saves the species. The sportsmen and women are the ones who pump money BACK into saving the animals – into preserving the land. It’s hogwash that they want to or are considering a ban. I’ll keep you posted! 🙂

  2. I find it ridiculous that anyone would even consider putting such stupidity forth as proposed legislation.

    Recreational fishing, and its counterpart hunting, is about taking care of the waters & lands. It’s taking care to protect the delicate balance of life. It’s preserving natural grounds so that it insures those species will be around for future generations.

    Anyone who sees fishing or hunting as wasteful, has never spent the time required to enjoy the sport. It is not about throwing your line out and reeling in a fish, or standing there and five minutes later the buck of a lifetime walking out in front of you. Although times are exciting when that does happen, it often is because of the patience and skills of a fisherman or a hunter that got them to that point. Fishing and hunting are about revering and respecting nature.

    For anyone who cannot see the good that comes of it, I feel very sorry for them. They need a Ted Nugent wake up call.

    I’m glad that I have the skills and knowledge to live off the land. I choose to eat fish that I catch or the venison that my family has harvested. I choose to do this because it’s wholesome food. It’s untainted by chemicals and preservatives. It’s food the way food is meant to be. It isn’t a genetically altered hybrid that causes more harm to the natural environment. It’s Mother Nature at her finest, and it’s damn good eats!

  3. Ivy, you are right. What these people see and what they think about when they think of hunting and fishing is the bloodthirsty hunters who are only after the trophy and while bagging an bull elk or a buck with a nice spread and large number of points is nice, it is not indicative of the rest of us who do hunt because the meat we process is, as you said, wholesome. We don’t buy meat. Our freezers are stocked with elk and venison. I thank God for that. It is much healthier. I grew up in a household where yes, we hunted but we also appreciated and gave back to the environment. We also enjoy watching the animals in their habitat. It’s not about the kill. I’d like to see them try to take these rights away. If they do, they’ll have a rural war on their hands. The majority of America will not stand for it. Thanks for the comment!

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