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Into The Outdoors - Cabin Fever

You know, I had hoped that I wouldn’t fall into the trap of writing about cabin fever, winter doldrums or whatever cliche you want to use for this time of year. Actually, those articles used to annoy me. This winter, however, I have truly fallen victim to them. The Covid, combined with the basically lousy weather, have caused me to fall victim to the aforementioned phenomena. While this is not really a cry for help, if anybody has any ideas, I’m listening.  My guns are all sparkling,, my knives are razor sharp and my tackle boxes are more organized than they have ever been. The fact of the matter is that I’m out of things to do, and it’s driving me up the wall. The outdoor shows on television are boring, as they usually deal only with hunting whitetail deer and little else. I’ve read my magazines from cover to cover. Talk about pathetic, I’ve even checked all of my minnow buckets for leaks. I almost hoped that I’d find one, so that I could fix it. No way. They are all in fine shape.  

As this is being written, the weather forecast is calling for brutally cold temperatures and wind chills.  In fact, the whole month is predicted to be colder than normal, due mainly to the polar vortex.  I’m not really sure what that is, but it makes things cold, so I don’t like it.  As far as I’m concerned, being cold is akin to being in pain.  Don’t you just love February?

With all of this time on my hands, I’ve been able to sit around and get angry about a number of things.  One of these peeves involves the Fish and Boat Commission, an agency which I generally support.  What’s bugging me at this particular time is the designation of special areas, wherein you may fish only with flies or with artificial lures.  Don’t get me wrong.  Although I am basically a bait fisherman, I do love to fish with flies.  As for other artificial lures for trout fishing, I’m really not into it, although I certainly have no quarrel with those who choose to do it.  When, however, you consider the fact that we all pay the same price for a fishing license, it is just not fair.  Of course, I now have a senior license, so the money factor no longer applies to me.  Still, unfair is unfair.  I’ve fished with flies beside bait fishermen and with bait beside fly fishermen, and have seen no problem.  If areas are to be designated for artificial lures only, then it should take an extra license to fish in them.  Period.

Although I know it’s still a rather hot topic, I feel that’s it’s way past time for a junior fishing license for those aged 12-16.  It should cost less than an adult license, but should still be required.  It just makes sense to me.  

Here’s another thing that’s been bugging me a bit lately.  There are actually some sportsmen/women’s organizations that support the notion of an increase in hunting license fees here in Pennsylvania.  This is incomprehensible to me.  Here’s an agency that places no emphasis on customer satisfaction and has run amok for years.  Why in the world would we want to give them more money?

Well, I hope you enjoyed my little cabin fever installment.  Hopefully, the weather will break soon, and we can get out and do some sucker fishing or something.

On a side note, the bobcat on Dave Lewis’ farm is still around.  At various times, Dave sent me some pictures captured on his game camera.

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