The Fishing Ticket

Many years ago I knew a couple who both enjoyed their liquor a bit too much.

She was smart enough to keep her drinking inside of the house, but he just didn't seem to care where he drank.

So, the first thing that happened was that he got a ticket for drunk driving.  
  • He thought he would be able to avoid such tickets by switching to a bicycle, but that did not work. 
  • He got a ticket for drunk bicycle riding.  
  • Then he thought he'd be safe walking.  T
  • That did not work either.  
  • Before long he got a ticket for drunk walking
At the time I thought that was the strangest sequence of ticketing I had ever seen, but later I found out about another one that was just as bad.

My husband got a ticket for fishing!
That Mean Old Ranger Gave Him a Fishing Ticket!

How It Happened

We were in the mountains of Idaho, far (or so we thought) from civilization.  It was late in the afternoon. 

We found a lovely little national forest campground that was sitting right beside a beautiful stretch of the Salmon River.

My husband did not have a license, because we were just passing through, and there was no place to even buy a one if he wanted to have it.

Stupidly I urged him to go on ahead and fish, anyhow.  Since he does catch and release, it would not hurt anything, and he so loves to fish! 

Also, the river was just loaded with fish, so it was hard for him to resist.

Big mistake.

A Ranger Catches Him!

High on a hill, hidden in the trees sat a park ranger who was looking directly at my husband as he fished.

We only knew he was there because the sun glinted off his mirror.

My husband immediately returned to the RV, hid his fishing equipment and changed his shirt, but it was too late.

An extremely irate ranger came a knockin' and gave my husband a fishing ticket that cost us $87.50.  

We explained our situation and even offered to purchase a license from him, but he was having none of it.

To him we were the "Al Capones" of the forest, and he was out for blood.

Forgiveness Comes Hard

It took awhile for my husband to forgive me, but even longer for me to forgive myself for doing something so totally stupid.

On the other hand, the ranger could have been more reasonable seeing as we were in the wilderness and had no way or purchasing a license.

It made a good story, but it did bruise the ego and the wallet a bit!

Fishing on the Salmon River in Idaho
(He catches a whopper!)