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…

Shooting collared animals: Should it be allowed?

There is so much research on wild animals these days there is always a good possibility that a hunter will run into one that has a collar on it. Wolves, bears, deer and many others are collared so biologists can track their movements and get a good feel for their range and other aspects of their domains. It’s not illegal…

Why hunt wolves?

I was sitting around with some friends recently and the conversation circled around to the first modern Minnesota wolf hunt, which is to take place this fall and winter in the state. Why would anyone want to hunt a wolf? Do you eat them? Are they a menace? With so many people responding to the DNR online questionnaire in a…

Once they're here, can we stop exotic species?

Eurasian watermilfoil. Hydrilla. Zebra mussels. Emerald ash borer. Asian carp. The list of exotic invasive species in the United States is long and growing. Every time a new one makes the list government organizations get blasted for their ineptness and these agencies scramble to come up with programs to quell the anxieties of the masses who are shouting for solutions….

Those Tournaments are Still Killing Fish

I dropped by a bass fishing tournament the other day on Lake Minnetonka, a lake close to my home. Even with all the research data, articles in major publications and a constant barrage of information targeted towards delayed mortality regarding fishing competitions, the events are still killing all the fish and claiming they are being released. Check out this Bag…

Are American black bears getting meaner?

I have been noticing a lot of bear-attacking-human stories in the news lately. The best one can be read at Brandon Sun. It seems a man went to the outhouse at a campground and a black bear dragged him from his sitting perch by his arm and shoulder then bit him on the back of his head and neck. The…

Do we really need an opener?

The Minnesota Fishing Opener is just a few days away, on May 12. Wisconsin opened last weekend. This just allows Minnesotans to fish for pike and walleyes. Bass is still closed for a couple of weeks. Yet Wisconsin opens the bass season the same weekend as pike and bass. In South Dakota there is no fishing opener and with the…

Coming off the NRA Convention

The NRA convention was held April 13-15 in St. Louis and I attended it with my brother, Dave. Both of us were like kids in the candy store. So much to see, touch and covet and not enough time to do the show justice. It was also an enlightening experience because one can tell the direction of the industry while…

Is it really about the Castle Doctrine?

It reminds me of the campfire game where someone tells a secret to the person next to them and they repeat it to the person next to them and it goes around the circle to the last person who repeats it. Nine times out of ten it doesn't resemble what the original statement was at all. Such is the case…