Governor Is Right On Hunting And Fishing

I want to go fishing with my wife. It's OK.

Steve Burch | April 6, 2020

What to think of the ‘Yeah Buts.’

I have been disappointed in the reaction of some who support what they call a “lockdown” and use social media to chirp—or yell—at those who have a more practical and workable view to get through our situation.

As far as defining what is practical, I support a lockdown. But what is practical? Does it mean we keep the doors closed and locked and not emerge for the next two weeks?

My wife and I live in the same house. We don’t honor the 6-foot rule all the time, nor do I think it reasonable to expect us to. So if continuing to live together in the house is OK, does this extend to our vehicle? Yes, I think it does. Could that vehicle be a boat? Sure, why not? What if we dragged that boat to a lake and launched? We would be in an open boat on the water. Is that OK? It is to me, but not to some.

They claim, “Yeah but… you don’t know who touched that cleat, or wood on that ramp dock, or breathed the same air as you did.”

What is confusing is they say it while shopping in a Walmart looking for toilet paper and complaining that the system has failed because they can’t find the product. Yet, they support lockdown. Somebody tell me the risk of going to Walmart compared to me spending some time on the lake fishing with my wife?

If the system is locked down as they wish, there is no one to put the product on the shelf, no one to drive the truck and fork lift, no one to show up at the plant to make the toilet paper, or the cardboard tube or the plastic bag, or the fuel for the truck, or the electricity to make the world continue to work.

Somehow, the ‘Yeah Buts’ are blind to these realities and risks, and being blind, they don’t weigh the realities of what they support (people working so they can ‘lockdown’ comfortably) versus what they complain about, say, a man and wife in a boat.

My wife and I and all of GON are following the President’s and the Governor’s orders and suggestions regarding lockdown. That is critically important. Occasionally, however, we need to get out of the house. Some time isolated in the boat or in the turkey woods is good for the soul. It’s important right now. It can be done very safely, to yourself and others.

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I hurt for those folks who work in these essential areas who are at higher risk, particularly medical professionals and first responders. Be careful. Don’t have an injury that requires help. That applies to going down the stairs in your locked-down house.

I do wish the ‘Yeah Buts’ of the world could find a way to light candles, rather than darkly and incessantly complain in ALL CAPS. Them typing and using up electricity is not an essential job. Perhaps they need to put a lock on that for a bit. But I doubt that will happen. Our world is now full of keyboard critics. More red ribbons, less social media vitriol.

So, I am going fishing.

I’m going to be very careful and safe. Got my Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer. I hope we catch a fish, but if we don’t we will safely enjoy some beautiful time in Georgia’s outdoors. And we’re going to get through this.

Editor’s Note: Steve Burch is the founder of GON, recently semi-retired, but still active as Editor-At-Large.


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  1. idealroger on April 9, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    This makes about as much sense as another person I talked to a while back. The person stated: I am not communist. Nobody is going to tell me what to do.

    • Agneshead2 on April 12, 2020 at 9:23 pm

      Idealroger, from your comment, I would guess that that person was smarter than you give him credit for..

  2. basstrkr on April 7, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    I fished this past week. Got up a 5 AM fished all day, saw nobody, went home a 5 PM. Cleaned my fish ate them, went to bed.

  3. SteveL25 on April 6, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Good article. Smart with common sense.
    We will get through this better than expected. Health wise anyway. For mental health and economic wise? Well, I pray that will turn out better than expected as well.

  4. magnum65 on April 6, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Anyone that puts their turkey hunting and fishing before other folks is just SELFISH. We are being asked to stay home. There are 7500 people sick and 294 people have died!!! This attitude is why the virus is spreading! Stay home don’t roam!!

  5. 17Tactical on April 6, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Well, all I can say about your article is that; With the situation that we all are facing, each of us has to determine if going to public areas is the right or wrong thing to do. If someone can go to public areas with a clear conscience knowing that other’s health could be jeopardized then all means go. The bottom line is: What is right is right and what is wrong is wrong. A few weeks of not being selfish could mean that we all can get back to going fishing and hunting in good health.

    • SteveL25 on April 6, 2020 at 11:13 pm

      I am not sure you fully understand the concept of the article?

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