2011.6英语阅读: 密苏里州捕鱼打猎

Many American states tout themselves as fishing and hunting paradises, and with good reason. There’s a lot of "great outdoors" across our vast nation.

And although you may not think of fields and woods and streams as tourism magnets, we know a lot of people who pack up the family - or a group of friends - and head off to, say South Dakota to hunt pheasants, or Tennessee to go after trophy bass.

But when it comes to promoting their state as an outdoorsman’s - or woman’s - paradise, we have to hand it to the Midwest state of Missouri. Two huge and famous rivers the Mississippi and the Missouri as well as hundreds of their tributaries, flow through or beside it. And Missouri’s Ozark Mountains are loaded with game.

The state does not leave it to parents to recruit and reward cet4v.com of hunters and fishers. It proudly presents commemorative "First Turkey" and "First Fish" certificates to young hunters and anglers.


Marek_Szczepanek, Wikipedia Commons
If you bring back one of THESE kinds of snipe from your snipe hunt, you’re cheating!

"Shooting that first turkey is a landmark event in a young hunter's life," writes the Missouri Department of Conservation in a news release. The "First Turkey" or "Fish" program, it says, "helps turn such milestones into mementoes."

Well, why stop there? How about a "First Squirrel" Certificate? Or a "First Worm Successfully Threaded on a Hook" or "First Log Reeled in By Mistake" Award? The last two experiences are milestones for every new angler.

The best, though - especially for scouts and summer campers - would be a "First Snipe Certificate." "Snipe hunts," in which camp counselors send kids into the scary woods at night with stones to bang together to attract the elusive snipe, and bags in which to bring it back alive, are a youth-camp tradition. A source of great fun for the counselors, too.

There is such a thing as a snipe; it’s a shorebird, and it IS hard to catch. But THIS snipe is imaginary, so if a Missouri kid could bag one, he or she would really have EARNED that First Snipe Certificate.

词汇讲解:

1. tout v. 招揽,兜揽
例句:He’s been touting his novel around publishers for years.
他几年来一直到处找出版商兜售自己的小说。

2. paradise n. 天堂, 天国
例句:Parts of California seem like paradise to me.
加利福尼亚的一些地区对我来说就像天堂一样。

3. vast adj. 巨大的, 广大的, 广阔的, 大量的
例句:The snowstorm swept the vast expanse of grassland.
暴风雪袭击了辽阔的草原。

4. magnet n. 有吸引力的人[物]
例句:Buckingham Palace is a great magnet for tourists.
白金汉宫对旅游者来说是个有巨大吸引力的地方。

5. tributary n. 支流
例句:The Avon is a tributary of the Severn.
埃文河是塞文河的支流.

6. recruit vt. 招聘; 吸引
例句:We recruit temporary workers from time to time.
我们不时地招收临时工人。

7. commemorative n. 纪念物;纪念邮票;纪念币
例句:The new stamps of commemorative are all sold out.
这版新纪念邮票全都卖完了。

8. cheating adj. 欺骗的
例句:You are cheating.
你蒙人。

9. milestone n. 重要事件;重要阶段;转折点;里程碑
例句:The company passed the £6 million milestone this year.
今年公司越过了600 万英镑这个里程碑式的数字。

10. mementoe n. 纪念品,令人回忆的东西
例句:They gave him a watch as a memento of his time with the company.
他们送了他一块手表作为为公司服务的纪念。

11. elusive adj. 难以捉摸的;难以找到的;不易记住的
例句:Failure is inevitable. Success is elusive.
失败是无可避免的,成功则是稍纵即逝的。

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