I had the kids today while mommy had to go to Lexington for a doctors appointment, a two hour one way drive. I loaded up my nine year old boy and the baby girl (20 months) in the old Toyota, grabbed a .22 and some fishing poles, the Kelty kid carrier pack and some hip boots and hit the road. Our first stop was in the little town in our county for breakfast. After filling our bellies with good food and less than spectacular coffee we headed to a small lake that I had trapped a few years ago. Scouted around for a few hours, and much to my dismay saw that the place had been pounded very hard by some "trappers" for the last couple years. The lake and surrounding marsh land is capable of maintaining several beaver and a good number of rats. However, the place had been trapped almost completely out. What a shame! We wetted out lines for a while and loaded back into the trusty Toyota. Headed to another of my favorite public beaver haunts. We fished some, but the bluegill were hard on the boys worms! So with the fishing pretty much losing its appeal, and a little girl chucking every pebble she could find into the water we put the rods back in the truck and grabbed the kiddie hauler pack. I wanted to run the creek and see what my beaver had been up to. I had trapped this place sustainably for several years, and pulled out a few years ago with the decline in the fur market and a drought. Again I was to be disappointed by my fellow "trappers" whom I had observed absolutely slamming this place for the last few years. In an area that could and had in the past harbor 12-15 beaver annually, I saw sign of maybe three....Not that I had intended trapping beaver much this year,with the exception of nuisance work. It was a fantastic day with the kids, but made me a little sad to see the lack of conservation of our resources.