I remember when a venison roast was in the oven, fish frying, Grandfather trapping beaver and camping in West Canada country (year round) was recreation and free for folks who didn't have much money. Relatives had camps for trapping and sheltering in big-range country by the Siamese Ponds.
State Department of Environmental Conservation rangers could fine me up to $2,500 for storing equipment, boats, and shelter on state land. They said modern ways are better and allow only one permit a year for trappers and hunters. I disagree.
Why are those nice ladies dressed in white drawing the curtains? I wanted to watch the sun come up over Speculator Mountain. I don't care - I'm real tired. I'm going to rest and sleep and go back to Otter Lake and camp and fish when a permit wasn't required, back when the woods were free for everyone.
I don't think lawyers, district attorneys or judges understand. They said something about plead guilty and plea bargain and they would send the bill later.
Wilderness forever - I don't think so.
LEWIS N. PAGE SR.