TACKLING THE ASIAN CARP EPIDEMIC WITH
GOOD OLE BOYS FROM THE MIDWEST
Although I'm not what most folks would call "Green", I have a healthy respect for the land and the diversity of creatures that God put here. Growing up in the Flint Hills of Kansas, I learned from an early age that when done safely and legally, hunting is a good thing. And although I don't believe in shutting down an oil field because someone 'discovered' a new species of Colorado Barking Spider, I am very much in favor of most of the conservation efforts put forth by our country's various Fish & Game organizations. The truth, however, is that these governmental agencies are not getting the job done when it comes to the Asian Carp. This leaves it up to Joe-six pack to tackle the problem. Every once and awhile, some truly conservation-minded people step forward to showcase their talents. At least two different groups from the Midwest are just these type of people --- people who are making a real difference as far as the Asian Carp problem is concerned.
Like a biblical swarm of locust, Asian Carp have been making their way northward from Arkansas for several decades, decimating everything in their pathway. This problem is worse than anyone who has not witnessed it first-hand could imagine. Thankfully, there are private citizens, who, without any government funding whatsoever, are taking the initiative concerning this ecological nightmare. Although their methods might not be considered "conventional", they are (somewhat / occasionally) effective. Watch as the Peoria Carp Hunters attempt to rid their local Rivers (Wabash? Mississippi?) of this pestilential fish and make the waters safe for humanity once again. The truth is, the effort that these folks are putting in to cleaning up our rivers is nothing short of extraordinary. It reminds me of some hard working folks I know in Kansas who have been single-handedly trying to tame the Pack Rat Population Explosion for the better part of the past decade (HERE).
Whether you decide to tackle the Asian Carp problem 'freestyle' like the PEORIA CARP HUNTERS, or in a more traditional manner like the folks at Reel Shot TV (bow fishing), I think you'll appreciate their efforts. And if you feel the urge to laugh at the work these folks are trying to accomplish, don't. Even though things don't always go their way, they are doing their best. To those of you out there trying to make a dent in the Asian Carp population; we salute you! Oh, one more thing; don't forget to bring eye protection --- and a cup. Carpe Diem, Carpe Carp (Seize the Day, Seize the Carp)!