Ron Hustvedt

PETA and the actual threats to hunting

Anti-hunters come in all shapes, sizes and political mindsets so don’t be quick to pigeon hole the anti-hunting movement or else you’ll miss half of those who would put an end to it one way or another. Yeah, that’s right. In this world of polarization where political parties are working day and night to turn our self-governing processes into a…

Gaining hunting ground for ducks and other waterfowl on Lake Christina

I’ve written thousands of articles over the years and have a little list of favorites. One of those favorites came this past August when I wrote about the Outdoor News “Outdoor Leaders” award winner, the Christina-Ina-Anka Lake Association. I met and interviewed some fascinating people who are passionate conservationists and waterfowlers that won’t take no for an answer. I’ve been…

Some ‘bullheaded’ comments about fishing

Fishing with my kids over the opening weekend of fishing was one of the biggest joys I’ll ever experience in my life. My 4-year-old son caught his first fish from cast to setting the hook to reeling it all the way to the boat. My 2-year-old daughter also had a milestone by reeling in her first fish without too much…

Hey Legislature! Leave our opener alone!

Frankly, I just don’t buy it: The concept being proposed by two Legislators to move the Minnesota fishing opener back a week because of the early spring. Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook and Rep. David Dill of Crane Lake are the ones behind this half-baked scheme which, at first mention, made me rather excited. Their reasoning? It was a tough…

The “magic” of outdoors television

No matter how many times we hear it, some people just don’t seem to be able to accept the concept of, “Don’t believe everything you see on television.” That’s true with everything you see on television, particularly commercials and outdoors programs. Not to sound too cynical, but the line between commercial and outdoors program is a very grey area. Post…

Women in the outdoors – and on the cover

Has anybody else noticed that several national magazines in the outdoors-magazine section feature women on the cover this month?  I was at my favorite bookstore yesterday and noticed this on at least two well-known hunting publications. I decided to do a little more digging and have found several other prominent references to women on outdoors websites, publications and retailers.Case in…

A 2,250-Mile Journey Begins with the Stroke of a Paddle

Blakeley, Minn. – Ann Raiho and Natalie Warren are paddling to become the first women to traverse the 2,250 miles from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay in an effort to inspire other young women to explore the outdoors and raise money for the YMCA’s Camp Menogyn. Outdoor News caught up with them on day five of their journey on the Minnesota…

Take a ride fishing in a kayak

Fish in Minnesota can grow pretty big but the vast majority of them lack the size and strength to pull an average fishing boat any significant distance. It's really too bad. Some of the best fishing stories involve boats being dragged this way and that by an angry sea creature. In the end, it all comes down to brains and…

Aim high and cast far – you never know what you might get

Fifteen years ago Rob Drieslein became the Editor in Chief of the Outdoor News, beating out many other qualified candidates. There were a few not-so-qualified candidates in that pool and I was among them.  I was a first-year senior in college coming off my second year of being Editor in Chief of my college newspaper. I had experience, I had…

Hold Governor Dayton to his campaigning words

Campaign promises are made to be broken right? It would seem that’s a common trend throughout the history of our Republic but that’s just a cynical way of seeing the world.  How do you get a politician to honor their word? Get them on the public record. Make sure that their commitments are published someplace so that if they break…

For Bowhunters, December Goes by in a Flash

“It’s been a long December,” as the Counting Crows sing in one of my favorite songs. Only thing is, for bowhunters, December seems to go by in a flash.I know that I can’t hang up my bow just yet. There’s still a season to be hunted and I have tags to fill. After a few years of holding out for…