Brett Roper

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Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines optimistic as “feeling or showing hope for the future.” If you have ever sat on a hillside for hours waiting for a deer to appear or trolled a lake all morning hoping a trout will grab your lure, you’re an optimist. Participants in these activities are willing to hike over one more ridge or make another cast even if they’ve been unsuccessful for hours. This positive mindset allows hunters and anglers to have fun in the absence of success and is an important skill for people to learn.

The first blessing hunters and anglers in this country have been given is the presence of professional fish and game managers. These jobs require college degrees and several seasons in the field applying the techniques learned. While many people think college degrees can reduce common sense, that does not apply in situations where you combine book knowledge with time in the field collecting data and a passion for the outdoors. As a result, we have many skilled biologists that understand how to manage populations and set regulations.


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