Game Wardens Have To Remind People That Fishing With Guns Is Illegal
There’s an old expression: “Shooting fish in a barrel.” It means that something is ridiculously easy. It is not, however, meant to be taken literally. Unfortunately, not everyone gets that. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has had to remind residents that fishing with guns is illegal. And dangerous.
According to CNN, a man in Garden City, Kansas was ticketed on May 5th for not having a fishing license. But that wasn’t the biggest problem. Even if he had purchased a license, it would not have absolved him of his other crime. The man was also cited for using “illegal means to capture fish.” More specifically, he was caught fishing with a 9mm handgun and laser sight.
The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Game Warden in Finney County posted on Facebook: “As a reminder firearms are not a legal means to take fish. Shooting at a body of water can be a dangerous activity because bullets can ricochet off the surface of the water.”
For the record, you can shoot fish in Kansas, just not with a gun. Non-sport fish may be taken with a crossbow or bow and arrow with a line attached, in addition to the more traditional rod and reel.
I love to fish but no pistols, rifles, shotguns, or bazookas for me. I’m strictly a rod-and-reel man. However, I recently found an abandoned bamboo cane rod underneath my house. You don’t even use a reel with one of those. It’s Tom Sawyer-style fishing. I’ve rigged up a line and will attempt to catch something using that more primitive method this spring and summer.
Officials from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks came across a fishy situation last Friday after finding a firearm allegedly being used to fish https://t.co/5AM6BZK81k— CNN (@CNN) May 13, 2023
Most Popular National Parks In America
Approximately 237 million people visited American national parks in 2020, representing a 28% year-over-year decrease attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. Many parks were forced to close to combat the spread of the virus, but that’s not the whole story—when the parks were open, many of them saw record crowds as throngs of people desperate to safely enjoy nature descended onto parks when they reopened.
President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 signed the act creating the National Park Service to leave natural and historic phenomenons “unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Since then, our national parks have welcomed visitors from around the world to experience some of the best the country has to offer and showcase the country’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Today, the country’s 63 national parks contain at least 247 species of endangered or threatened plants and animals, more than 75,000 archaeological sites, and 18,000 miles of trails.
To determine the most popular national parks in the United States, Stacker compiled data from the National Park Service on the number of recreational visits each site had in 2020. Keep reading to discover the 50 most popular national parks in the United States, in reverse order from #50 to #1. And be sure to check with individual parks before you visit to find out about ongoing, pandemic-related safety precautions at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.