Tim Lesmeister

Actively promoting the sports of hunting and fishing

There are certain state departments of natural resources that do their best to actively promote the outdoor sports, while it seems others do what they can to hinder the enjoyment of the outdoors by using the protection of the resource or tradition as an excuse to constrain anglers and hunters. One example is the use of multiple lines for fishing….

Hunting and fishing rules: Some un-common sense

I live in Minnesota where rules regarding hunting and fishing generally make pretty good sense. Our state DNR has to bend to the will of our legislature though, and that can create some strange guidelines and regulations, but for the most part I appreciate what’s in our rule book. For the most part. When it comes to scopes on muzzleloaders…

Some Christmas presents I’d like to see under the tree

The men and women who hunt and fish and use the outdoors offer easy gift-purchasing options. Hunting and fishing are sports that are gear driven so it would seem there are loads of options when special occasions require a gift be purchased for your favorite outdoorsman. So why do I always hear whining and crying and wailing and bellyaching that…

Global warming: Lots of concern, but how about a solution?

Let’s get one thing out of the way immediately: It doesn’t matter if you believe in global warming or not. It doesn’t matter if you think the climate is changing due to man-made pollution or if you believe weather patterns are always in a state of flux and we’re just in a cycle of some kind. None of this matters….

The elections are upon us. What are your priorities?

Soon all American citizens will have the opportunity to take to the voting booths to cast a ballot. There will be races all over the United States decided. The winners will bask in the glory of their victory while the losers will analyze their campaign and begin strategizing their next move. This election cycle is being touted as a consensus…

We need a season on feral cats

I was down on my land in Iowa recently with some other family members and while a bunch of us were milling around near the pole barn a feral cat poked his head out of a nearby patch of corn. A couple of my young nephews immediately started conjuring up ways to catch the feline. My immediate advice to them…

The Conibear – Tough on Dogs

Trappers have been using conibear traps for years but it seems like lately we’re hearing a lot about hunters who have lost a dog to one of these efficient killers while they were hunting on public land. There has been plenty of discussion on what can be done to keep the hunting dogs safe but rules have yet to be…