Farmers are not Good for Fisherman

In this photo what you are seeing is what is going on all over. Farmers bulldozing tree lines to get a few more rows of corn. This takes away habitat for wildlife, and therefore hurts hunting. They do this along rivers as well with the same results. They bulldoze the trees, or cut them down with chain saws, then bulldoze them in piles and burn them. This results in habitat loss for wildlife. There is no buffer for wind and shade. This causes severe erosion of the banks, resulting if shallow mud flats that are unfishable. It also causes erosion of the farm soil which is full of chemicals that hurt the fish. One is fertilizer, which causes green algae that you everywhere these days in the Summer and Fall. When it does in cold water, it starves the water of oxygen and the food chain starts to deplete.

There is few regulations for farmers, it’s like the wild west. They have so much power in Washington, that nothing can be done. they are leaving it up to farmers to fix the problem themselves, but they don’t care. The less wildlife the better, that is less corn eaten by deer or whatever.

Some of the chemicals affect the eggs of game birds and they get soft shells on there eggs and they don’t hatch.

Most farmers are getting huge government subsidies. They should be forced with regulations to have buffer zones along rivers and creeks. They should be forced to stop erosion by leaving rows of grass on areas where the soil washes into creeks.

Don’t listen to replublicans who claim we need less regulating, we need more regulating to protect wildlife and our waters, which affect fishing and hunting.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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