Most anglers won't care if a stream is too fouled to support a wild trout population if it's stocked with something they can catch. *Otherwise anglers might be screaming about trout disappearing from streams that are too warm or too silted up because of clearing, paving, development, or any number of other things. *They're pacified by pale hatchery trout and think "environmentalists" are wackos for wanting to preserve watersheds and restrict roadbuilding and so on. *Trout Unlimited is an exception, but it's too elitist for most people.
I quit fishing a few years ago after being an avid fisherman most of my life. *With the last many years being catch-and-release. *But my thinking has changed like April's and now catch-and-release seems twisted. *Big animal torments small animal for entertainment, then lets it go. *Then torments another. *For even more entertainment, stick the hook in a dog treat and cast it towards the closest puppy. *Bet that thing will jump. *But be sure to release it after you reel it in.
I don't see anything wrong with fishing or hunting for dinner but it isn't something I do because I'm a vegetarian 364 days every year. *Just about everyone in our dog club hunts and most fish. *My wife has trained our dogs for field work too and it's really awesome to follow a pointing dog through a field that has quail and pheasants.
Unfortunately, most if not all of the birds the dogs find around here are stocked because there are so many hunters and so little undeveloped open land. *And most of those hunters think environmentalists who want to restrict land development are commies. *As long as the state wildlife program gives them some state land with birds for them to shoot. *Otherwise maybe they'd rise up on their hind legs and clamor for an end to sprawling suburbia.