H. Neal Glanville: The hunt for fish and game

H. Neal Glanville

H. Neal Glanville's column appears in the Craig Daily Press on Mondays.

I find myself in a awkward and somewhat embarrassing position.

No, I'm not playing Twister.

Preparing this week's fishing report, I had a weak side of the brain idea.

Why not talk to the fish and game? Sounds reasonable, doesn't it?

Off to the phone book I went to find the local number I was sure would be there.

But, what to the chagrin of my wandering finger should appear?

Nothing.

Nada.

Zip.

No local listing for the fish and game in the white or blue pages of the phone book.

Sensing danger, I quickly turn to the all knowing all seeing Yellow Pages.

What would we do if a fish and game question comes up, or worse, if we observe a violation of the rules?

But wait, there's a glimmer of : I was going to say hope, but it's a listing for Natural Resources - the Division of Wildlife service center in Meeker.

Hold up there, bucko.

I like Meeker. That stretch of river through the park is one of my all-time favorites, and the grilled ham and cheese at Clarks is the best in seven states.

There's still that nagging question.

Why is there no local number for a fish and game officer, or better yet, some place you can personally talk to someone? What's a sports-person (political correctness once again raises its annoying hand) to do?

Hark, there is light in the Elk Hunting Capital Tunnel.

The gentleman under the glowing bulb is Terry Carwile: he's in charge of Sportsman's Information at the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

This fellow really knows Moffat County and can fill your head with everything you need to know about our part of Colorado.

Perhaps one day I'll have a real, live, talk to me fish and game person place in Craig.

In the meantime, stop by 360 E. Victory Way and talk to Mr. Carwile or call him at 824-3046.

It's worth the time.

This week, I recommend the pond with two names.

Some of us call it the Perch Pond; others the pond at Axial Basin. Whichever you decide to call it, take Colorado Highway 13 south about 21 miles.

The pond is on the left-hand side of the road and is barren of any nicety. The only thing you can expect is good fishing for pan-sized trout and the occasional weird thing.

Please take a garbage bag with you and clean up after yourself.

If you have little ones (kids), please try the pond at the "cop shop."

It's for kids only, and it's a blast. All around are kids catching there first fish, and you can't help but catch the fever. Last year, my granddaughter, Sarah, caught a 4-pound small mouth bass, so there's some big-uns in there.

Now for something completely different

Jane and I were talking about the little things that remind me that I'm not quite as young as I used to be.

The other morning I tried taking a shower with my glasses on. Not a bad idea, it just works better if you remember to take them off.

I've begun to enjoy getting my senior discount automatically, though I still don't think I look old enough.

Jane's lament, her elementary school, is now a retirement home. Mine, well, it seems my early work for the Craig Daily Press is now in the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

Until next time :

Yup, there I was surrounded by irony, when I said to myself, "Self," I said cuz that's what I call myself when I'm talking to myself. "If a portion of the money we spend on lottery scratch tickets goes to our state parks, why do we still have to pay entry fees?"

Thank you for your time.

Comments

Randy Hampton 4 years, 11 months ago

"The Hunt for H. Neal Glanville"... Neal, sorry for the direct post here, but there is no e-mail address for you on the website and, ironically, you don't appear in the phone book. Anyways, three quick points:

  1. love your column. Last week's story about you and your friend Roy was great.
  2. phone books are a challenge. If you pay for an ad, they'll put you where you should be but otherwise it's kind of a crap shoot. And no prior planning on earth can see us listing ourselves as 'game and fish'. We're still the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
  3. We know we've got a bit of a service void in Craig. That's why we pay the Chamber to help provide Terry Carwhile's services over at the Sportman's Information Center. In fact, we were the only funding provider that agreed to triple our payment this past year. We're happy to help provide that service and we'll sure try and continue it. Just so you know, Craig is the ONLY community in the state where we pay a third-party to provide customer service. We've gotten requests from other places, but Craig is the only one. We don't have offices in Rifle or Vail or Silverthorne or Greeley or Canon City. We try to run a lean operation.

Anyways, thanks again for the column. We'll work on that phone book thing and see if we can't get a bit more prominent, but we'll have to find a way to convince them to do it for free. Meanwhile, don't hold your breath for a full-blown Craig office... we agree that Terry and the gang at the Chamber are doing a great job.

Randy Hampton, DOW, GJ (p.s. my direct line is 970-255-6162)

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