As a keen observer attentive to human behavior I’m able to reach certain conclusions, this is but one.
“Sportsmen,” as hunters, trappers, and fishers like to call themselves, boast of being an outdoors type. No denying they spend time out-of-doors; though I suspect in little to no appreciation of nature. Regardless, they are no crusaders of conservation as they like to claim. But instead are inconsiderate imbeciles, poorly skilled assassins who rely on means beyond their feeble naked abilities to capture and kill the innocent and vulnerable. Thieves and murderers of the wild and free, these sportsmen are no complement to the natural order of prey and predator but instead its psychopathic curse.
My granddaughter and I kayaked the Ohio River one summer’s day. We set ashore on Sand Island to explore and have lunch. Fishing line knitted the beach, miles of mono- and multi-filament line exposed and partially buried beneath the sand. There were plastic bags and bottles, beer and soda cans, styrofoam cups and broken coolers and bait containers galore. There was a multitude of discarded tackle. Hooks large and small, treble and single left on lines to snag any unsuspecting wildlife. There was the stench of rotting maggot infested corpses and the skeletal remains of the suffocated “undesirables” caught and thrown ashore with no more regard than their garbage.
One day’s experience, one small but not insignificant example of sportsmen conservation. Their sordid behavior, as I continue to witness, is the rule, not the exception. Their litter poisons and pollutes the wide spaces, oft times with trash receptacles nearby. These thoughtless dregs hold my disgust to the utmost as they of lower purpose disparage vegans, the environmentalists intrinsic.
We picked up and carried away discarded bags and stuffed them with what fishing line we could pull free, much of which was buried too deeply to extract by hand, a testament to these sportsmen’s persistent defilement. Our effort, however noble, was an unnoticeable improvement to the whole.