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Wednesday, November 30, 2005
I haven't done one of these in a long time... shame on me. Here are some of the more obscure permit and license requirements for the State of Wisconsin. Today I'm featuring permits from the DNR.
Heaven forbid you have too many minnows. Do I need a permit for a large aquarium too? What makes a minnow in need of more protection than a gold fish?
Wild Ginseng Dealers:
There are wild Ginseng trees all around where I live, that drop every couple of years. Apparently it's considered a delicacy in the Hmong Community... and they come around and collect it off the curbs to prepare it. The stuff smells incredibly bad. That has nothing to do with the permits really, I just thought I'd mention it.
Mind you... there are no other substantive requirements other than you be 18. No training, no reporting requirements on who you guided or what they caught, just pay your money.
Fish Stocking in Private Ponds :
That's right... for private ponds. And yes, you have to certify the health of all your fish. From what I can tell, the DNR doesn't certify the health of anything coming out of Lake Michigan... which would be impossible given the amount of raw sewage that the MMSD is allowed to dump. But of course, the government never has a problem holding you and I to a higher standard compared to itself.
I think the wild ginseng thing has to do with collecting the root, which is used in medicinal preparations throughout China. Though they cultivate their own there, the wild stuff is considered the best and, I believe, can only be found in North America.
I could be wrong, but maybe the permits are to keep wild root harvesting in check.
Is it Southeast Asian? Could be this. Haven't gotten up the nerve to taste it and don't know that I will. Its smell's pretty distinctive.
I have 599 minnows. I hope none of them get their groove on and make me get arrested.
But if they do, I'll just take the minnows that put me over the limit in the pond in my backyard...... oh wait.
I guess I'm just screwed huh?
What a friggin' joke some of the rules and regulations in this country are.
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