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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Ethan Loeks of Oakes, N.D., caught this 26-inch walleye recently on the James River on the North Dakota-South Dakota border. He caught the walleye, which he kept, on a jig...
Q. Is it legal to use drones as a tool for hunting in North Dakota or Minnesota? A. In a word, no, and that's the way it should be. The law is very clear in both states. In North Dakota, Page 4 of the Small Game Guide reads: "It is illegal to kill, chase, harass, flush, drive, concentrate, rally, raise, stir up or disturb game with all types of aircraft, manned or unmanned. Page 4 of the 2016 North Dakota Deer Hunting Guide outlines the restrictions as follows:
Sometime this fall, perhaps on a crisp, clear October day when the dank smell of decaying leaves fills the air, a ruffed grouse will flush from the edge of the trail, and a shot will ring out. I can picture it in my mind already. Whether the shot connects with the bird remains to be seen—if it's me pulling the trigger, it probably won't—but the walk my hunting partners and I plan to take down that trail will carry a significance that goes far beyond the act of flushing a grouse.
SELKIRK, Man.—The sturgeon was down there—somewhere—in the Red River's murky depths. The "ping-ping-ping" sound emitted from the shotgun shell-sized transmitter implanted in its body was a giveaway. Stephen Siddons and Connor Chance-Ossowski had picked up the fish's signal Monday morning on the ultrasonic telemetry and tracking receiver they carried aboard their research boat. By lowering a transducer plugged into the receiver over the side of the boat and listening, the two researchers were able to "hear" the sturgeon. Think of fingers tapping on a drum.
Survey pegs gain in N.D. duck broods North Dakota's fall duck flight is expected to be similar to last year, based on observations from the Game and Fish Department's annual mid-July waterfowl production survey. This year's brood count index came in at 3.89 broods per square mile, up 11 percent from last year, Game and Fish reports. The statewide average since the survey began in the 1950s is 2.55 broods per square mile.
Connor Cleven, Thief River Falls, caught and released this 38-inch northern pike Aug. 12 while fishing with Bruce Henschel of Drayton, N.D., on Lake of the Woods. "He had just used his new fishing rod for the first time that he received for his 10th birthday," Henschel writes. "He didn't stop smiling the rest of the day." Cleven was fishing walleyes with a spinner and bottom bouncer when the big pike hit, Henschel said.
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Lake of the Woods
Marlene Sauve of Red Lake Falls, Minn., released this 28-inch walleye while fishing Buffalo Bay on the Manitoba side of Lake of the Woods. It's the second time in recent...
Connor Cleven, Thief River Falls, caught and released this 38-inch northern pike Aug. 12 while fishing with Bruce Henschel on Lake of the Woods. "He had just used his new...