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In the “Dead Zone”

February 25th, 2009

It is that time of year here in WV. There just isn’t a lot of outdoor activities to take advantage of. The hunting seasons are over, and the fishing hasn’t really picked up yet. It is kind of like the professional sports season. There is a dead zone between the end of Football and the beginning of Baseball. I know there is Hockey and Basketball, but I don’t really pay attention to them. I am hoping to be able and get some fishing done sometime in the next few weeks.

The state actually starts stocking trout in January, and there is no closed season for trout in WV.  However, the trout streams are in the mountains, and the mountains get a lot of snow.  The state also does not clear many of the mountain roads, so the rivers are not very accessible.  We have had several days that the temperatures have raised, but I’m sure the ice pack is still present up in the mountains.

I only got out one time last year, as the gas prices were ridiculously high.  I am hoping that travel will be a bit more reasonable this spring.  I really want to break out the fly rod and see if I can catch anything.  It has been 2 years since I had the fly rod out!

I would like to get some further comments based off of my last post.  There were a couple of folks who voiced their disagreement with catch and release fishing, as well as the hunting that is done with tranquilizers.  So, my question is this:  do you think that catch and release fishing is the same as I described in the last post, or is there a difference?  Would you (or do you) practice catch and release fishing, and yet oppose the hunting counterpart?  I am interested to see the reasoning behind those who practice C&R fishing but oppose the hunting tactic.  By the way, as I mentioned before, I do practice C&R fishing some times.  Perhaps I’ll share my thoughts a bit later!

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4 Responses to “In the “Dead Zone””

  1. Glad you asked. I was pondering the same question after reading a recent post on Outdoors With Othmar Vohringer that mentioned your “Real Hunting?” post. I think it comes down to management, and experts tell us that catch-and-release is the best way to maintain healthy fish populations; not so with hunting.

    Tough question; I’ll have to think about it some more.

  2. I know what you mean Kris. It’s a “dead zone” around here lately as well. We have some fishing seasons, and some hunting seasons coming up, but it seems like they are taking forever to get here.

    And Matt took the words right out of my mouth. I think for me, catch and release fishing has been proven to increase your odds of catching a big fish. Plus, by passing up those fish it gives my kid, and someone else’ kid, a chance to catch that fish one day. It’s a good management practice; not the case with hunting.

  3. My husband is extremely bored this time of year. Makes me crazy!

    As for catch and release – Not sure. We fish mostly pan fish for eating. I certainly don’t think that can compare to hunting.

  4. I have basically quite fishing trout because I don’t like to eat them, much! and these seem to be the most C&R around here. Pan fish are great eaters. There is an excitement to catching fish, but to me there is no excitment to releasing them. I love everything about hunting – from getting ready for the hunt to the eating the harvest for the next year. My oldest son does C&R fly fishing altogether. His thing is in creating the ideal fly, then placing it in the perfect spot to intice a strike. Once landed, his enjoyment is over and he releases it. I just can’t see where in hunting a person could feel fulfilled after darting an animal, take a picture and release it. As Othmar says ‘hunting is a way of life, not a sport’ and that just seems like a very shallow way of life. Whats the purpose of it? I can’t see where it will have any positive spin on hunting. I personally don’t think the two can be compared.

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