Confessions of an Eco-Redneck: Or How I Learned to Gut-Shoot by Steve Chapple

By Steve Chapple

Confessions of an Eco-Redneck collects the simplest of out of doors author Steve Chapple's brief items. this is often outside event writing at its most sensible, in a league with Tim Cahill, Randy White, or PJ O'Rourke, and the essays diversity from fishing: for tigerfish at the Zambezi, tarpon within the Keys, trout at the Yellowstone; to looking: the "Bambi Syndrome" (Hollywood's bias opposed to the sport), "Dinner Bell Grizzlies," and stalking televisions in Montana; to the bigger questions: "Now or by no means for American Rivers," and the nice unasked query in regards to the Lewis & Clark excursion: "How have been the bugs??" beneath Steve Chapple's laugh-out loud wit there is a critical plea to environmentalists to recollect that sportsmen (the eco-rednecks of the identify) are one of the such a lot passionate and powerful advocates for conservation of our surroundings that now we have got.

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Hemingway has a line about fishing off Cuba, where he says if the fisherman had a hook in his mouth, or his Jaw, or in his stomach which was attached to the gear he was playing the fish with, and on which pressure would be exerted comparable to that put on the fish, then the term Jight might be applied. Equal and mortal combat. I was glad Hemingway was not a game warden on the Zambezi. The tiger charged out of the water and tailwalked toward the boat. I cranked madly. He dove. I pulled straight up, doing everything wrong.

Crunch. Buon appettto! I happen to enjoy wing-shooting pheasants my- Confessions of an Eco-Redneck self, also quail, if I am able to hit them, and I have, on a couple of trouting trips when the trout were not cooperating, bashed in the heads of curious sage hens with the hand net, so hold the e-mail. But is it fair to call Europeans barbarous omnivores just because they eat birds that sing? After aE, elk bugle. The bottom line is availability. Are we about down to the last auk? Or are there so many of a species, like cats (also deer, magpies, and us), that, unregulated, they are eating other creatures out of habitat and home?

It was over. Marion showed me pages from his river diary, which he had brought along. " For me, it was like reading Bluebeard's treasure map. Marion said that the Mother's Day caddis hatch was cyclical. "As a blizzard hatch, it really got its start in the 1980s, '83 or '84, when agricultural fertilizers were developed that weren't so toxic to fish, along with softer sprinkling systems that didn't floo the river's banks. Word got out. " The Mother's Day Caddis Hatch Marlon shook his head at the number.

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