Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. 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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I'd barely gotten into the woods when I saw the two dogs, German shorthair pointers working the brush to perhaps flush out a ruffed grouse for the father and son whose voices I could hear nearby. The dogs saw me and stopped in the middle of the trail, not quite sure what to think about the intruder who now stood in front of them. They stood their ground but didn't bark. In my experience, GSPs—as German shorthairs often are called—aren't known for their aggressiveness so I wasn't particularly concerned. Still, I wasn't about to take any chances.
It had to happen sooner or later, Mitchell Benson figured: A deer would walk within shooting range and he'd be able to activate the trigger of his crossbow. He figured correctly. When a small buck walked into view late Sunday, Oct. 8 on a food plot his family had planted and cared for south of Karlstad, Minn., Benson made the opportunity count. So ended a quest that began some two years earlier, when Benson was able to deer hunt for the first time since a May 2006 accident left him paralyzed from the neck down.
Preston Lundbohm, 12, of Roseau, Minn., shot this buck in Roseau County during the opening weekend of Minnesota’s firearms deer season. Click on the image to see the complete photo.
When Tommy Sullivan transferred to Grand Forks Air Force Base in 2012 from Edwards AFB in California, he bought a new .30-06 rifle in hopes of drawing a tag for North Dakota's regular deer gun season, which opens at noon Friday. He's still hoping. "I haven't even shot at a deer with it yet," said Sullivan, 31, a technical sergeant who lives near Thompson, N.D. As deer gun licenses become more difficult to draw—a trend that coincided with loss of habitat and declining deer populations—more North Dakota hunters are taking up archery hunting.
Noah Bry, 8, shot this button buck with his bow recently near Thompson, N.D. "(He) made a great shot, it was cool!" his dad, Mark Bry, wrote. Noah is a third-grader at Ben Franklin Elementary School in Grand Forks. "He lives for the outdoors," Mark Bry said. Click on the image to see the entire photo.
Carter Olson, 11, Grand Forks, shot this buck in Kittson County during the snowy opening weekend of Minnesota's firearms deer season. The buck was Carter's largest to date, his dad, Brad Olson, said, and they're having a shoulder mount made of the buck. Carter is in the fifth grade at J Nelson Kelly Elementary School in Grand Forks.
Walleye kept 8-pound minimum • 14½ pounds (33 inches)—Daryl Lorenzen, St. Thomas, N.D., Rainy River. • 27, 25 and 25 inches—Leslie Ann Handyside, Fosston, Minn., Winnipeg River. Report your big fish tales to Brad Dokken at firstname.lastname@example.org , by phone at (701) 780-1148 or toll-free (800) 477-6572 ext. 148, or mail to Brad Dokken, c/o The Grand Forks Herald, 375 Second Ave. N., Box 6008, Grand Forks ND 58206-6008. Please include the angler's town of residence and whether the fish was kept or released.
Hunters who were fortunate enough to draw a North Dakota deer gun license this fall should have a decent shot at bagging a deer, officials say. In that sense, the deer season outlook is similar to the past couple of years, said Jeb Williams, wildlife chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck. North Dakota's 16½-day deer gun season opens at noon Friday, Nov. 10 and continues through Sunday, Nov. 26.
This isn't a deer hunting story, as such, but as memorable buck encounters go, it ranks right up there for Paul Edman, Richard Edman and Dan Edman—three brothers who grew up in Warren, Minn., and were attending Bemidji State University at the time. Dan Edman, who teaches construction electricity at Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks and still lives in Warren, reached out to share the story of the day back in the early '70s when he and his two older brothers rescued a buck in distress. Without their help, the deer likely would have perished.
To get an event in the Outdoors 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. Events • Thursday: Grand Forks Audubon, 6:45 p.m., East Grand Forks Campbell Library, 422 Fourth St. NW, East Grand Forks. Grand Forks birding expert Dave Lambeth is guest speaker and will discuss "Exploring the Grasslands, Wetlands, Sloughs and Coulees of the Grand Forks County Outback." Event is free and all are welcome to attend.