There are a lot of things I'd like to be, at least for a while.
Montana fishing guide comes immediately to mind. Professional golfer. In my crazier moments, maybe even a bobsledder.
Under no circumstances, though, would I want to be a Division of Natural Resources official this year.
As you can read elsewhere on this page, DNR biologists want to pretty dramatically change the state's antlerless-deer seasons, and the changes are mostly designed to reduce whitetail populations.
I don't think hunters want populations reduced, and that's why I wouldn't want to be a DNR official. From now until the Natural Resources Commission votes on the DNR's proposed changes later this year, agency administrators are going to field a lot of complaints.
They're used to it, of course, but that doesn't make it fun.
And that brings me to the point of this column: I'd like to dispel the myth that the DNR's main job is to manage wildlife.
DNR officials manage people. You. Me. Everyone who picks up a gun or a bow. We, in turn, help them to manage wildlife populations by killing more or fewer of the animals we choose to hunt.
Think about it. When deer or bear populations exceed the DNR's prescribed numbers, agency officials don't go out and kill of the excess. They manipulate the state's hunting regulations in a way that encourages, nudges, shoves or bludgeons the sportsmen of the state into killing enough animals to bring the population back under control.