This Video Camera Looks A Bit Fishy

Okay, I get it. Technology continues to invade almost every space of our lives…including those endeavors once meant to be relaxing and contemplative. Yet, this fishing lure I seen advertised the other day really takes the cake…errr, I mean video.

Yup, imagine trolling or casting with a $240 fishing lure hoping to catch the big lunker, but wait…when you do you’ll have a video for social media worthy to go viral. That’s right, the latest new fishing gadget is a video camera offering 720p video quality built directly into the fishing lure. Theoretically you will be able to see the fish bearing down on the lure until the moment of truth when the world goes dark with a fish on hook. What could possibly be more exciting than having that happen?

But wait. What if you’re like me being more apt to snag the lure on a submerged log or rock and subsequently lose it. Have you ever seen a grown man cry while fishing? If I lost a fishing lure that expensive I would be inclined to jump into the lake and dive for it…and to make matters worse I DON’T EVEN SWIM!

Truthfully, I would love to see some video samples from this new fishing lure. In a world where most cameras promote image stabilization how could a fishing lure that wobbles and zigs/zags through the water to entice a fish to strike produce any sort of video quality that would not incite at least some level of nausea from the viewer? Alas, maybe I’m looking at this all wrong.

Indeed, maybe the real value in using this camera is for the fisherman to do a self-critique of his/her fishing style. Maybe the video will show how the angler is too quick to set the hook. Maybe the video will show some fault in the quickness of the retrieve. Who knows. What I do wonder is how many of these lure cameras will show up in the tackle box of legitimate anglers. After all, it’s no secret how more fishing lures actually catch shoppers in the store rather than ever catch fish while used on the Lake.

In the end, who am I to say if a person wants to dump several hundy into a single fishing lure they shouldn’t be able to do that. We all spend our time in the outdoors having fun in what ever manner is necessary to achieve satisfaction. So, if you feel inclined to purchase the Eco-Net Eco-Popper Video Fishing Lure you can find it HERE. As for me, nope…such a product will likely never find its way into my boat. Somehow, I happen to think the biggest fish this lure will ever catch is the sucker who opens his/her billfold/purse to purchase it.

It’s Been Too Long

Knock! Knock! Is anybody home?

Fair question to ask. Yes, it’s been about 260 days since I last posted to this blog. I suppose with an absence like that I can hardly be called a “BLOGGER” any longer. Ha! Truth is life often gets in the way of good intentions and suddenly you look at the calendar to ask…where has all the time gone?

Quick update on what’s happening in my life. First, I have really gotten into my family genealogy over the past 2 years both as a researcher and a recorder of history. Now, if you know anything about genealogy you understand how time consuming this task can become. I equate it sort of like putting a puzzle together. In the beginning you have all these pieces of information you really don’t know what to do with. Later you recognize how some of the information starts fitting together, but it’s still confusing as hell. Eventually you start working on one area of the puzzle just to make some sense of the overall project goals. Then, through patience, perseverance, and lots and lots of hard work…the overall picture starts to come together and make better sense.

Right now with the genealogy I’m at that point where little stories start to fuel my curiosity…but the overall picture is still years down the road. But I have a goal. The goal is to write a book documenting and preserving what family history I’ve discovered. Quite honestly, for me not to do that I feel how future generations may never experience some of the fascinating information I have learned.

Now, I may have mentioned this before…but I happen to live on the Braaten Family farm that was first established in America back in 1856. Indeed, every fall when I go deer hunting I get to participate in an activity that I can say my ancestors did on this very land 160+ years ago. Not many sportsmen get to experience that sort of hunting heritage. Yet, I get to do that.

And all of this family history study eventually will have a payoff. In the process of learning about my family’s past (I’ve gone as far back as my G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G Grandfather), I have also identified over 200 living relatives in Norway. So, not only has my time been used to research and record history…but I also have been using a great deal of time and resources to make contact with my Norwegian cousins. Someday soon, likely in 2020, I plan to be traveling to Norway and making those face-to-face connections. What a trip that will be!

Oh, there have been other things going on in life, too. Family commitments, teaching and organizing a local SKYWARN team here in the county where I live. I suppose the excuse list could go on.

All this being said…don’t expect that my frequency for posting blogs is going to substantially change in the coming weeks/months. About all I can promise you is that it will not be another 260 days until you read the next “new”post. At least I sure as hell hope not! Thanks for caring enough to read this post and for being a loyal Sportsman’s Blog reader.

Why Some Minnesota Farmers May Not Let You Hunt Their Land

It all started as a great idea proposed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton as an effort to improve water quality.  I’m talking about the Minnesota Buffer Law which establishes new requirements for perennial vegetation buffers of up to 50 feet along lakes, rivers, and streams and buffers of 16.5 feet along ditches.  And while I am somewhat torn by the real value of this new land use requirement, as I have previously written…I see both sides of the issue as a landowner and as a sportsman.

Now, when Governor Dayton announced his new legacy project to a bunch of sportsmen at the 2015 DNR Roundtable meetings there was lots of excitement from the conservation community.  On the other hand, many landowners felt the proposal (and subsequent law) went too far in dictating how a landowner must use their land.

Well, at this point I’m not going to debate the issue.   Rather, I’m just here to say there are lots of farmers and landowners who are fed up with the bureaucracy involved and it only seems to be getting worse.

Indeed, a farmer who doesn’t have the required 50-foot vegetative buffer can suffer some consequences if they are out of compliance after November 1st.  In most cases these will be fines levied against the non-complaint landowner.   In some instances, however, a farmer could be facing criminal prosecution.  That’s right, criminal prosecution as is the case in Traverse County, Minnesota and likely other counties.

Now, you can imagine that doesn’t sit well with many in the agriculture community.  Of course, if you are a landowner with no rivers or public ditches, then the issue doesn’t really matter to that particular farmer.  On the other hand, many other farmers feel the government telling them how to conduct their livelihood on land they own or operate is an invasion on their rights.

Then comes along the sportsman who this fall might want to scare up a pheasant or two.  Quite honestly, I think many farmers look at the sportsman as being the rallying point for this new conservation mandate.  After all, the vast majority of sportsmen are not landowners and really have little to lose, and perhaps some to gain with more hunting opportunities thanks to buffers.

So, this fall some sportsmen may now be seeing this sign posted on the perimeter of potential hunting grounds:

What do you think, sportsmen?  It’s hard enough to get permission to traipse on private property doing our hunting thing.  Is an agitated gatekeeper to such lands the best way to do this?  How has this issue become a mutually beneficial relationship for both sportsmen and landowners?

I want to hear your thoughts.  Okay, I get all the arguments for improving the environment, etc.  But really sportsmen…is a proposal you were cheering almost three years ago going to pay recreational dividends when one of the parties of this relationship feels lots of angst because of the buffer measure?  When the gatekeeper isn’t happy this is not a good thing, in my honest opinion.