The DEC’s questionable ‘April 1 trout delivery’


I can’t resist starting this week’s column off with a “What were they thinking?” comment. This one involves DEC’s decision to stock trout in the Otselic River on April 1, the opening day of the trout fishing season. The impact of this, at least in my mind, generates images of a circus-like atmosphere, with anglers casting their offerings to the stocked trout as soon as they’re released into the river. Maybe DEC should consider just “selling” the trout right off the hatchery truck via a $2 donation fee per trout, the proceeds of which would go to the Conservation Fund.

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