Wildlife Officials Arrest Men for Catching Fish With Hands

Try and imagine a scenario like this unfolding back in 1780. Two men set up a system that helps corral catfish, then they go in and catch them by hand. Then, once some government entity learns of the act, the two men are arrested. Most, if not all people who lived at the time, would view such an arrest as an action that significantly endangers liberty and individual freedom. For the Iowa Department of Natural Resources… it’s just business as usual.

SELMA, Iowa (AP) — Wildlife officials have seized 174 pounds of catfish fillets from the home of a 28-year-old Iowan who was arrested with three others for illegally fishing by hand.

Yes, some concerned citizens will argue there are codes in place to protect fish populations. Fine. But an arrest? I just don’t see a way for a nation such as ours to claim to be free while having situations where Americans are arrested for catching fish with something other than a rod and reel.

Call me old fashioned…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000962334118 Missy Skyhigh


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002954833565 Michael Metcalfe


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000575753536 Debra Harrington

    How about they catch the muslims who are deliberately setting the west forest on fire.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000492496527 Phyllis Scrivano


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000415839935 Pamela Holden

    It’s harder to do than with a pole and line and hook. The “King” doesn’t like his fish caught I guess.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=518531697 Rebecca Higgins Meisner

    what???? it’s called noodling and has been done for hundreds of years

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000065779545 Marianne Campbell

    skill is not valued in this country

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1272068085 Mark Cheney

    Arrested for noodling while drunk! Ha! Guess its easier to do that catching illegals.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1530116216 May Britton

    no it isn’t –look at arizona –if the border patrol stops a mexican and ask to see ids then the gov takes away their moneys to help the schools and and the whole state that they help –thats blackmail the way i see it

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1448680014 Robert A. Redmond

    Who dreams these laws up? Someone has too much time on their hands….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000343326429 Fran Mike Hammer

    What a bout the guy on TV reality show the does the same thing???? This is nuts!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1485081724 Anita T. Roberts

    They can catch them, however, they just can’t catch them with their hands….This is so funny….Duh…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344137322 Bruce Mercer

    the founders must be turning over in their graves. who made the government owner of the fish?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1835503502 Thomas M. Brandow

    What most people don’t realize is that Conservation Police generally have more power than an FBI agent. A Conservation officer can enter your home without a warrant if he believes you have committed a crime, caught more fish than the limit, shot a deer not in season, used tree spikes to climb a tree to shoot your bow from but tree spikes are illegal in some areas. A Conservation Officer has all the authority of a local cop, sheriff, state cop in that he can pull you over for speeding, or blowing a stop sign. So dont shout out the window thinking the Conservation Officer is nothing more than a glorified hall monitor, he has a lot of power folks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=722735906 Mark N. Dfw

    In Tx you can fish with a cane pole without a license. Wonder about the bare hands?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1425930638 Steve Hardman

    In the time of Richard the Lionheart a minor noble of Nottinghamshire, one Robin of Loxley, was outlawed for poaching deer. Now at that time the deer in a a royal forest belonged to the king, and killing one of the king’s deer was therefore treason, and punishable by death.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1150158585 Meriadoc Brandybuck

    // …with liberty and justice for all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1367484129 Eileen Mc Haffie-Hansen

    I thought the government liked people doing things illegally!
    “Give a man a fish and he won’t starve for a day. Teach a man how to fish and he won’t starve for his entire life.” Unknown
    Of course these people got into trouble and arrested.They were working to get something. Not asking for handouts from the government!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1272068085 Mark Cheney

    Yes, is correct about Texas! I live in DFW too. Don’t know about bare hands. @ellen, teach a man to fish…believe it derives from the bible. I don’t see a problem with fishing with bare hands. I think it’s kind of stupid actually, but then I am not doing it. I really don’t care.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001178488405 Kellie Hartzo

    Because they want us to be totaly dependant on the Government so they can take our food,guns,houses and freedom ! Fema Camps is where they want us and we want go down without a fight ! We are AMERICANS unlike Obama !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1261519212 Eric Keyser

    Take away his fish and give him food stamps!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000121553264 Jerry Fuller

    Aaaarrrrrgggghhhhh!!!! Where will it end?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=518647387 Linda Chance

    People can’t be doing things like this…the government can’t have people who can take care of themselves!! They want people to be weak and dependent on the governmen…t

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000319502894 Ray Mundo

    But if you come into our country illegally , our government will bend over backwards for you. Give you everything and fight to legalize you. Incredible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1272068085 Mark Cheney

    It ends on November 6th of this year. If not then, maybe December 21st. Just sayin’……

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003106775977 Michelle Lemal

    So true, it will end for them, their days are numbered. Yay!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1082738501 David Simonds

    In 1870 you’d simply shoot the pesky moron hindering you from feeding your family. I’m not condoning violence against these officials, I’m saying we need to shoot with our votes in November!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000936072403 Doug Barry

    Teach a man to fish, then arrest him!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000936072403 Doug Barry

    Conservation Officers are the same as Hitler’s Gustopo.