Nightangler- I had the same problem.I decided to quit my boring job i hated in FL and move out here (FoCo) and now im studying Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at CSU.
Of course, i hate math and the amount of unrelated courses i have to take is annoying, but today for my fisheries lab we sat out at college lake (owned by CSU, off limits to fisherman) and fixed nets and prepared for our full day (saturday) of netting, getting measurements, and working with massive northern pike, walleye, bass and perch... Can't beat that!
I've also found this as a great place to network, both for fishing buddies/tips/spots and professional references. Most of the grads I speak with are either out in the field doing research or working for the CDOW as biologists.I recommend CSU, but I have no clue how we stack up against other schools as a program.
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. Here's the link i "fished" up from CDOW on hatcheries technicians [log in for link]
The dream is out there brother, we just have to be willing to take the leap to get our hands on it.