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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Mike Liane has been trapping for more than 50 years, but the veteran outdoorsman says he didn't trap coyotes in North Dakota until the late 1980s. "I haven't trapped coyotes all my life because we haven't had coyotes all my life," said Liane, who lives northwest of Devils Lake and is president of the North Dakota Fur Takers Association. "I used to take 200 fox a month trapping and catch maybe one or two coyotes. They were almost like a trophy animal."
Newell Ueland of Thompson, N.D., shot this mule deer buck Nov. 19 in southwest North Dakota. Ueland, 76, said it had been six years since he drew his last mule...
For some ice fishing diehards, the extended fall increases the temptation to venture onto hard water before the ice is safe. It's best to have a plan for dealing with mishaps just in case, and the United States Swim School Association recently shared this list: Brace yourself: The immediate reaction is to gasp for air, but breathing in freezing water increases the chances of drowning. Keep calm: Do not panic or flail your arms; this will release more body heat. Keep your head above the water and grab onto the ice in the direction you came from.
To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 148 or by email at email@example.com . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. N.D. Game and Fish Advisory Board • Nov. 28: District 5 (Cass, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele and Traill counties), 7 p.m., American Legion (south of Lake Elsie), Hankinson, N.D. Advisory board member: Duane Hanson, West Fargo, (701) 367-4249.
Q. Recently on a fall fishing trip to the Red River, two friends and I caught channel catfish, stonecat, carp, sheepshead, goldeye, walleye and sauger. How many different species of fish are in the Red River? A. What you describe is exactly what makes fishing the Red River—and rivers in general—so much fun. You never know what you're going to catch.
Rob Vollrath has bagged his share of banded ducks and geese over the years, but nothing like the mallard he shot Oct. 28 in northern North Dakota. Besides a leg band, the drake had a tiny device with a protruding antenna mounted on its back along with a phone number to call and the offer of a $50 reward for the unit's return. That was a first—and pure coincidence, Vollrath, of Grand Forks, said. "The (device) wasn't discovered until we gathered up the birds at the end of the hunt," he said.
DNR: Snowmobile trails open Dec. 1 Much of northern Minnesota received its first significant snowfall last week, and many snowmobile enthusiasts are rushing to take their first ride of the season. Despite the early snow, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds snowmobilers that most of the state's snowmobile trails are not yet ready for riding. Minnesota's snowmobile trails officially open Dec. 1 each year, but several conditions must be met before trails are open and ready for travel:
Another firearms deer season is in the books in Minnesota and North Dakota, and hunters in both states encountered generally balmy weather during their time afield—with the exception of the snowstorm that hit parts of the region Nov. 17 and 18. Deer gun tags still are hard to come by in North Dakota, and Minnesota's deer herd remains in recovery mode, although without question on the rebound.
Tristan Werre, 14, of Grand Forks, shot this mule deer buck, "The 9MM Buck" (his first buck), in the Badlands of western North Dakota while hunting with his dad, Darrin...
Stuart Rice (left) and his grandson, Hunter Rice, of rural Roseau, Minn., shot these mule deer bucks Nov. 22 in Wyoming. Click on the image to see the complete photo.