Connecticut State Library
Women's History Month

Edith Stoehr and unknown female angler, no date, Record Group 079, Department of Environmental Protection, Fish and Game.

In 1932, the Connecticut Fish and Game Commission leased part of the Branford River in North Branford and set it aside exclusively for women so that they could fly-cast for trout. The Commission hired a female game warden proficient in fly-casting and fish and game laws to teach women how to fly-cast and toget them acclimated to the out-of-doors. In the Spring of 1933, the Commission held a contest on the woman's reserve section of the Branford River. As a well-rounded outdoors person, Edith Stoehr and entered and easily won a competition. Later the Commission decided to set aside one of its hunting preserves in Farmington for women only, and Stoehr was assigned to teach them how to hunt and handle game dogs. She carried a revolver and did jobs like the male wardens, even patrolling areas and arresting persons violating the law. She was interviewed by newspapers, magazines and on the radio. In 1946 she died, and the New York Times carried her obituary. At her funeral, her fellow male game wardens served as pallbearers.