The fish pulls; she swings the pole back, lifting the line out of the water, the fish flops on the bank. Excited at the catch, she smiles and releases the trout. Moments such as this last a lifetime for a child.
For many of us, these childhood memories are enough to get us hooked on fishing for the long haul. But these days we are seeing fewer children spending time outdoors; we need to get our kids playing again.
The future of our fish and wildlife depends on teaching our children how to respect the resources. Passion for a sport starts with the parents and if we don’t encourage our children to fish or pursue outdoor activities then we lose the next generation of conservationists.
When kids play outside, they connect with the resources and develop an appreciation for the environment – something that is often lost on children who never get out of the house.
Take an opportunity this Saturday, Sept. 28, on National Public Lands Day and National Hunting and Fishing Day, to introduce a newcomer to our rich outdoor traditions.