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There is an outdoor recreation boom sweeping the entire western world and this continent in particular.
There has been nothing like it in the past. Yes the out-of-doors has always had an appeal for some but
they have been a small minority. Two decades ago you could go on a canoe trip in the summer months
in the wilderness of Quetico and not see another soul for an entire week. Not today. You are lucky if you
see only three or four canoeing parties a day.
Arctic rivers that have not seen a white man's canoe since the big fur-trading era today are being
traveled regularly. The old trails of the western mountains untrodden since the days of mountain men
and early prospectors are being hiked and backpacked today. During the height of summer camping
areas in many parks are full. In the past being a fishing and hunting outfitter was a risky business. It still
is but today many outfitters in the more popular areas have no difficulty in attracting clientele.
This phenomenon is world-wide. In many of the national parks of Africa one can see a pride of minibuses
around every lion. I have even met a convoy of two land rovers on safari in the middle of the
Kalahari Desert in Botswana.
The reasons for this outdoor boom are many. A greater interest in wildlife is one. Twenty years ago
hunters and fishermen were the only large groups interested in wildlife. Today almost everyone has a
casual interest in wild creatures. This interest is not always tempered with wisdom and is rarely
accompanied by knowledge. At times wildlife management agencies are hampered in their work by
people who prefer to have deer starve than to have them hunted by outdoorsmen.
Other reasons for the outdoor boom are more leisure time a more affluent society and better highways
and rapid transportation systems. Thirty years ago if a New York big-game hunter wanted to hunt in the
Yukon it took him five days just to reach Whitehorse. Today he is there in less than a day. But I think
that the biggest reason for the outdoor boom is a spiritual rebellion against our sophisticated affluent
society. Deep down we hunger for a quieter life a slower pace green grass and the sight of pale blue
wood smoke curling up toward the sky. We want to "get away from it all" but at times we bring it all
with us in the form of tent cities and slums.
Everyone who ventures into the out-of-doors should possess the basic skills for outdoor living. He
should know how to make a good campfire what types of wood give fast heat for boiling tea and what
types provide hot flames for broiling steaks. He should know how to paddle a canoe how to forecast
weather how to use a compass what the sudden cry of a bluejay means and what a bear is up to when
he stands on his hind legs. The average outdoorsman does not have to be a wilderness survival expert
but he should know the basics. After all almost everyone can become lost or lose his gear when his
canoe is upset in a choppy wilderness lake.
The outdoorsman should know all this and much more. He should know about the natural world
around him - how it lives and functions. He should know its moods its sounds and its signals. But
above all the outdoorsman must have a code an outdoor ethic to ensure that his life and travels in the
out-of-doors are in harmony with nature. Man like all creatures is a user. This is how nature created
him. Frequently our use leaves wounds. Every campfire every hiking trail every fish caught and every
grouse shot is a wound. But these are wounds that nature heals and repairs with ease. An outdoorsman
should never leave wounds that will permanently scar. That is what the outdoor code and the outdoor
ethic are all about.

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