Fish & Feathers: Respect for nature starts at an early age!

<I>SUBMITTED photo</I><BR>John Hayes and the black bear that provided some anxious moments. Big claws on a 400-lb. bear.

Respect for nature starts at an early age!Showing respect for your parents, elders and wildlife is something that is acquired during an adolescent's formative years. The respectful attitude is generally instilled by someone that the child holds in high esteem. Showing respect for others is the only way to gain the respect of your peers.

Showing respect for wildlife does not have the same reciprocal agreement as with humans, but it certainly has its rewards. Abiding by game laws, predominantly taking only what you and your family can consume, will assure the quality and quantity of wild game for future generations. As a hunter or fishermen, that translates into taking immediate care of the fish or game that you have been fortunate enough to acquire.

I met a young adult last week who is a hunter who possesses these qualities. John Hayes, a 15-year-old sophomore at Ilwaco High School, is a member of the cross-country and track teams and enjoys writing about his outdoor experiences for school projects. John started going into the field with his dad when he was 10 years old, passed his hunter safety course at 12, and brought home his first deer that same year. He took an elk at 14 and at 15 his first bear. Quite a feat for a fifteen-year-old!

While scouting for elk with his dad this past season, John was confronted by a black bear, which came bounding out of the brush at a distance of about 25 feet. He raised his 30-30 Marlin rifle and placed his first shot into the neck of the animal. The bear staggered, stood up and continued toward John, while growling and baring its claws and teeth. The hunter calmly placed two more shots in a vital spot, thus ending the threat. John and his family have now had their first taste of bear breakfast sausage, steaks and summer sausage and are enjoying it immensely. John has recently joined the Bear River Archery Club and looking forward to future outdoor adventures. Congratulations to his mom and dad for raising a responsible individual.

Did You Know?White-tail deer: Height a white-tail can jump vertically: nine feet.

Distance a white-tail can leap horizontally: 29 feet.

Top speed a white-tail can sprint: 40 mph.

Number of deer that can do any of the above: Roughly 20 million.

Human: High jump world record: 8-feet one-half inch.

Long jump world record: 29 ft., 4-1/2 inches.

100-meter-dash-record: 9.78 seconds, or 23 miles per hour.

Numbers of hunters who can do any of the above: Roughly zero.

Nautical Origins Dead Horse - A ceremony held by British crews when they had been at sea four weeks and had worked off their initial advance, usually one month's wages (and usually long gone). The term 'flogging a dead horse' alludes to the difficulty of getting any extra work from a crew during this period, since to them, it felt as though they were working for nothing.

Deep Six - A fathom, the unit of measurement in most maritime countries for the depth of sea, is six feet. Sailors used the term to refer to throwing overboard and it has come to mean getting rid of something.

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