Brad Dokken is editor of the Herald's Northland Outdoors section and also works as a copy editor and page designer. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University.
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An outdoorsman friend has a habit I need to emulate. He carries a compass. And he carries it every time he goes into the woods. Usually, it's a mini compass he attaches to the zipper of a jacket or vest. It only costs a couple of bucks, but the little gizmo has gotten him out of sticky situations on more than one occasion, he says. That's a good investment, an investment that has paid for itself many times over.
Petroleum Council donates $10K to MDF BISMARCK—The North Dakota Petroleum Council on Tuesday donated $10,000 to the Mule Deer Foundation for the Byron Richards Ranch project, a tract of about 22,000 acres of rugged terrain near Beach, N.D. that will be rehabilitated and enrolled into the North Dakota Game and Fish Department's Private Land Open to Sportsmen program.
To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 148 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Events • Friday-Oct. 2: 42nd annual Goose Festival, Middle River, Minn. Events on tap include Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge bus tour from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 30, Festival Parade at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 1 on Main Street and Goose Cookoff at 5 p.m. Oct. 1 at Main Street Picnic Shelter.
Q. I've noticed a high number of roadkill skunks in the past couple of weeks, along with divots in the ground I've been told are made by skunks. Is that typical for this time of year, kind of like the skunk equivalent of a fall migration? The number of roadkill skunks seems high all of a sudden.
With waterfowl seasons underway in North Dakota and Minnesota, successful duck and goose hunters again will be looking for ways to cook the game they shoot. For many waterfowl hunters, that often means doing whatever they can to cover up the taste, to make sure that goose doesn't taste like goose or that duck doesn't taste like duck. Sometimes, though, experimenting can yield positive results.
WARROAD, Minn.—Surveys such as the fall gillnetting assessment the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conducts every September on Lake of the Woods also offer learning opportunities. Allen Edman, a Warroad elementary school teacher who grew up on the Northwest Angle of Lake of the Woods, last week brought students from his sixth-grade Minnesota history and science class to the site where DNR fisheries crews were sampling fish they'd caught near Warroad.
WARROAD, Minn.—Lake of the Woods stretched out like a vast, gray sea on this weekend September morning as a fisheries crew from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources left the dock in a 25-foot Boston Whaler to check their nets. A stiff northwest wind had stirred up waves that definitely fell into the "walleye chop" category—as they'd say in the fishing vernacular-- when the crew left the dock. The big lake gets a whole lot rougher, but anyone venturing out in a 16-foot fishing boat on this morning would have been in for a bumpy ride.
I've learned over the years working and playing outdoors to always pack extra boots and socks, plan to leave early and get home a little bit late. Jumper cables, a tow rope and an extra sandwich are worth turning around and going back to get. Beyond that, one of my go-to bits of advice refers to knowing the land on which you're hunting and whether you have permission to be there. For me, that means knowing the boundaries of public land or having direct permission from the landowner to hunt a piece of property. It's pretty much a case of "if you don't know, don't go." Period.
Northern pike released 32-inch minimum • 42 inches and 40 inches—Niles Short, Minnewaukan, N.D., Devils Lake. Catfish released 30-inch minimum • 35½ inches—Brett Anderson, 14, Northwood, N.D., Red River. • 23½ pounds and 21 pounds—Braden Durick, 6, Grand Forks, Red River. • 21.4 pounds—Lucas Keizer, 8, Grand Forks, Red River. Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 27 inches—Judy Karch, Valley City, N.D., Devils Lake. Crappie kept 1 ½-pound minimum
Cliff Coss, grandson Mikey and a fishing partner who took the photo caught these walleyes and pike July 31 on Devils Lake. Click on the image to see the full photo.