Tim Lesmeister

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…