Monday, May 16, 2016

Gratitude Monday -- License To Fish Edition

We had a great day yesterday. We took some backroads south and east of Rocky, did some fishing,  saw new places,  and generally wandered around.
It was a most excellent day.
At one point in the mid-morning we fished in the Red Deer River. Just as we had packed it in to do more exploring a Fish and Wildlife Officer drove up.
He didn't have to ask to see our licenses as we started digging them out as soon as he greeted us.
I thanked him for being on the job. I am grateful regulations are enforced. They keep everyone in line and ensure the fisheries continue.
This is good.
He was based out of Sundre, that's about 50 miles south of Rocky. There aren't many F&W Officers around, and they cover a huge area and often an officer from one area can be found working in another.
Much of their work is on weekends.
It takes dedication and love to do it, and I don't think they get the respect they deserve.
During the course of the conversation he suggested a spot along the Dickson Dam that we might like and gave good, solid directions how to get to it.
We ended up going there about mid-afternoon though we couldn't drive to the exact spot as the road was closed off. I expect it will open later in the season. But we walked in a bit and tried our luck.
The fish outsmarted us and that's okay. We can try another day.  It's the experience of it that matters and it was fun.
I am grateful for that, too.


messymimi said...

Park rangers and wildlife/fisheries officers are wonderful people for the most part, and i'm grateful we have to buy such a license when we go to Florida. It's not a burden, it's a blessing that the wildlife areas are being well managed.

the Bag Lady said...

How kind of him to point you in the direction of a new fishing hole! It is a shame that there aren't enough F&W officers like him. (or that there aren't enough F&W officers, period.)

Leah J. Utas said...

Messymimi, that's exactly it.

Bag Lady, agreed. That department is woefully understaffed.

Tabor said...

My husband loves to fish whether he catches anything or not!

Crabby McSlacker said...

Some people would be fuming that he directed you to a spot where the road was closed, yet you found nothing but things to be grateful for. Glad you had a wonderful day!

Hilary said...

They are indeed overworked and underappreciated. Keeping it legal and ethical is an important job. Good for you for showing them you understand that. I'm glad you had such a lovely day. It's enjoyable to wander and fish. Catching one is just bonus.