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What would you do ?

April 8, 2016
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Fishing laws being broken what would you do ?


Have you ever had an incident while out enjoying the great outdoors? , where you were witnessing a fish and game violation and really didn’t know what to do? As you were asking your self should I say something to the perpetrator? How would you handle such a situation?


My co-host Stephanie Calabro of Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped and my self decided to take a ride and scout out some new fishing digs here in Bennington, and while doing so, we stopped at one of the more popular fishing spots in North Bennington, the Henry Bridge.


This section of the Woloomsac river is now part of Vermont’s year round fishing which starts below the Paper-mill Dam and continues to the New York state border.


One major change to the Vermont fishing rules in this section of water is that a licensed angler is only allowed (2) trout in any combination of the three species found in the Woloomsac River.


Now to the incident…as Stephanie Calabro and my self were enjoying our spectacular views, I noticed a man and a woman standing on the concrete that was left from the old dam, the gentleman hooked into a nice trout, as I watched him land the fish he went over to the tree and hung the fish on a branch which stuck me as odd, just then I saw another fish in the tree move, at that same time the woman angler had hooked a fish which she promptly brought to shore and she too put it in the tree.


I noticed more than three trout hanging from the tree branches where the couple have been fishing, it became apparent to me that both anglers were over the legal limit allowed by law in this section of the river.


I felt compelled to confront the 2 anglers and explain to them the law pertaining to over harvesting fish in this section of the Woloomsac river, to my surprise they were very understanding and apologized for their wrong doing, which they grabbed their gear and promptly left the area along with the over the legal limit of fish.


Anglers and hunters as well as other outdoor enthusiasts are taught to contact the local authorities in situations such as this, and more times than not the perpetrators are never caught.


Chris, a couple of things you can do are get a good description of the suspect, if possible the make and model of the vehicle, get a license plate number if at all possible, and the location of the violation you believe being committed said local” Vermont Fish and Wildlife officer Travis Buttle, “if you don’t want to confront the perpetrator you can always call our Operation Game Thief hot line at 1-800-75-ALERT”


Chris, we relie on the honest anglers and hunters to help us in any potential wildlife violation here in Bennington as well as Bennington County” said Travis


You can always call the Bennington Police Department Chris, our police officers will come out and take all the information that you have and pass it along to our local fish and wildlife conservation officer” said Bennington police chief Paul Ducette,


Bennington has some of the finest trout fishing in the state of Vermont ,so if you happen to see a violator please, as an ethical angler make that call, so that we can continue to have the fishing that we all can enjoy for years to come.


Chris Bates Hosts “Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped” TV show with Stephanie Calabro, which can be seen daily on CAT-TV, GNAT, Orca Media, To contact Chris Bates, email www.chrisbates227@msn.com

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Chris Bates began his career as an outdoor enthusiast in 1980- 19 yr old Water-Fowler,and as time went on, Chris picked up the art of water fowl calling and his 12 gauge shotgun then in 1983, Chris purchased his first gun dog, a German Shorthaired Pointer. Chris learned to train upland bird dogs in the fine art of pointing. From that day on Chris never looked back. Chris's dogs have won numerous championships as well as some AKC honers. It was in 1985 when Chris opened his game farm/hunt club, and Chris became (at the time) the largest breeder of Bobwhite Quail in Northern Illinois, as well as Chukar partridge and wild turkey. Chris entered the world of Professional hunting in 1989- and was subsequently named 1989 winner of the Pheasant Championships with his German Shorthaired Pointer "Painter" Chris has finished in the top 10 in the 20 yrs that he competed with his dogs. With years of outdoor experience, including hunting and fishing, Chris began a media career that would take him to new heights, in 1990, Chris began doing fill in work for other accomplished broadcasters in the outdoor radio industry. from 2006-2008 Chris was a featured columnist for the Quad City Times and more recently a columnist for the Bennington Banner 2015 When Chris began his program "Hunting the Midwest" now known as Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped 26 yrs ago it wasn't long before he began changing the way outdoor programs were done. Chris Made it his mission to broadcast to the avid sportsman, but also to women and novices. That enthusiasm is evident, as Chris and Stephanie continue to tour the Northeast conducting and hosting Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped on station through out the Northeast. https://www.facebook.com/OutdoorSecretsUnwrapped/