Thursday, February 4, 2010

Preserving the Land

We have all taken advantage, as hunters, of the land that has been provided for the public at one point or another. Many times its even better than a given piece of private land. But I have personally witnessed, as many of you fellow hunters have, another hunter or group of hunters treating the land as though its gonna repair itself and take care of what they have left behind. Through the years I have always wondered what those people are thinking as they leave their spot in the cattails or a stubble field a cluttered mess of cans and shell boxes and empties. What they must not realize is that that stuff just doesnt disappear on its own, it finds its way into the water or strewn about the field. If that was their piece of private land it would be a cold day down below if any of that happened on thier land. So why do they think its alright to do it to an area that belongs to the rest of us? When I go out in the morning and get up on a spot and find cans or shell boxes or random garbage it just disgusts me to see that kind of thing. It seems to be happeneing more and more and if it continues that spot that was once open to the public could be restricted because of the lack of respect for the land. And its people like that that ruin it for the rest of us who rely on those public spots for their season. Just ask yourself next time you go out, "Would I do this if this piece of land belonged to me?", and take that 5 extra minutes to pick up eveything that wasnt there before you and leave it as you found it and you will know that you have done your part in preserving the land for years to come.

Jared Danke, WI

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