PORT ARTHUR — It is a tough job and often a thankless one.
I am sure most of us have grumbled a complaint or two about wardens over the years without stopping to think about their sacrifice.
The fact is someone has to do their job.
Our natural resources are extremely important and without the presence of wardens I have no doubt poachers would have knocked down the deer population in our region to unhuntable numbers years ago. In addition, there would be a huge black market in illegally caught fish targeted by unscrupulous commercial interests.
Would you take a bullet for a deer or a speckled trout?
In essence, game wardens make that decision and every one who chooses this profession know it could happen to them. That is a love for the resource like few have.
Actually, it is a love few dare to have.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com.)