2013-01-17 / Outdoors

Fish Report

Well, this week’s weather is definitely what one would call good ice making weather. Maybe this is good the way the ice had become and the problems with ice fishing shanties going through. There were also some ATVs that went through the ice in the Gladstone area.

Just be careful when you go out on the ice with the weather we have had.

There are plans in the works to try and hold a regulated wolf hunt in Michigan. Of course there are those that feel that there should not be one so it will be interesting how things turn out. It is no secret how I feel about protecting all the preda-tors that are out there. I don’t care if it’s all the hawks and owls that feast off the pats and other birds or wolves that can feast off the deer herd. I feel that things should be managed and regulated with a sound biological plan taking every-thing into consideration. Now we can only wait and see how things turn out.

Did you hear about the hunter that had one of the few deer seasons where he never got a deer because of everything that came up during the season to keep him from getting out a lot? So he figured he would set up a game camera right behind his house last week to see what was coming through. So what does he get a picture of right behind his house but one of the nicest 10-point bucks he has seen in all his years? This kind of shows how life can go at times.

Well, it has started, just what a lot of us were worried about.

I have stated over and over in my articles through the years that laws are passed backwards in today’s world. Laws were meant to be passed to control and stop the outlaws or criminals not make it so honest people are the ones most affected by them.

So what happens even with all the lawyers in the legislator today, it seems they cannot pass laws that take care of a problem without hurting or stamping on the rights of honest people. You cannot come out with a blanket statement in the law without putting some thought into it.

I will give you a simple example. In my family alone there are at least four of us that own what is referred to as a 10-22. This is a 22-rifle that has an inch and a half by an inch and a quarter clip that holds 10 shells. When they write a law that with its wording makes a 10-22 an assault rifle because the clip holds 10 shells they have no idea what they are talking about.

If you word a law so that it would flat outlaw any clip that holds 10 shells or more for all guns you will hurt honest outdoors peo-ple the most. If the wording is to outlaw all clips that hold 10 shells or more my Ruger 22 target pistol would be illegal. I have owned both of the guns for years and just use them when taking a walk through the woods on a beautiful fall afternoon. Or maybe doing a little target shooting out at camp.

Mark twain said, “I spent most of my time worrying about things that never happened”. But when one considers so many of Mark Twain’s other quotes you cannot help but worry when they even start thinking about doing something.

Here is some of Mark Twain’s whit that for some reason they seem not to be as funny as they were at one time. I start with a quote about Mark Twain himself.

“Twain, we can imagine, would be...oh, what’s the word? Appalled, perhaps? But hardly surprised. Twain held a poisonous disdain for Congress in particular and politics in general.

As politicians praise him, it’s worth remembering what Twain had to say about them:”

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeated myself.”

“Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a Congressman can.”

“An honest man in politics shines more there than he would else-where.”

“There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.”

“All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredi-ty.”

Mark Twain at one time suggested that we have, “National Congress Got the Message and Is Not Really as Dumb as They Seem to Be Day”

So in reading these from someone like Mark Twain it is no wonder that when congress decides to do something those of us that will be affected by it sit in fear and trembling.

I will close with what another Yooper told me on this subject (congress):

“Just maybe their goal is to increase the job security and cut down on the unemployment numbers of their fellow attorneys.”

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