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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It's not happening everywhere -- so far, at least -- but nuisance bear complaints are on the rise in parts of northwest Minnesota, wildlife officials say. Bear problems traditionally spike early in the spring when the animals come out of hibernation and again late in the summer as they begin fattening up for winter.
A mild, snow-free winter and an early spring resulted in near-record ice fishing pressure on Lake of the Woods and record open-water fishing pressure on the Rainy River, results from a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources creel survey show. According to Tom Heinrich, large lake specialist for the DNR in Baudette, Minn., anglers last winter logged 1.6 million hours on the ice of Lake of the Woods.
Just a little more than two weeks from now, hunters in North Dakota will take the field in pursuit of Canada geese. This year, they'll be able to get after the birds in an especially big way. For the first time ever, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is recommending a daily bag limit of 15 and a possession limit of 30 for the early season that begins Aug.
Rising populations of resident Canada geese in North Dakota and Minnesota have led to more complaints from landowners, but there are options for dealing with the problem birds. In North Dakota, the state Game and Fish Department has a partnership with the U.S.
As anglers and organizers ponder the future of the Cats Incredible catfish tournament that winds down today, a national catfish trail has confirmed that the Red River in Grand Forks is on its calendar next summer. The Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail announced earlier this month that it has scheduled an event for Grand Forks on Aug. 17, 2013. According to Tanner Tabor, Cabela's King Kat tournament director, King Kat is the largest national catfish tournament trail in the country.
NDGF: Quiet year for new ANS cases Despite intensive monitoring, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department hasn't documented any significant new cases of aquatic nuisance species this year, officials say. Fred Ryckman, ANS coordinator for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said only one limited infestation -- curly leaf pondweed -- was found at Lake Elsie in Richland County in the southeast part of the state. After documenting silver carp in the James River in 2011, this year's monitoring efforts and the recent fish kill in the James River downstream of LaMoure, N.D., did not
Her green velvet jacket and gray-and-white striped pants might not have given her away as a catfish woman, but Bonnie Mounce showed her husband, Gary, a thing or two about putting fish in the boat Thursday morning on the Red River. "I'm an old river rat," she said. And yes, Gary admitted, his wife usually catches more fish. "How many poles you got in the water?" Bonnie, 72, asked after going up 2-0 with a 25-inch catfish and a smaller fish that was more like a kitten than a cat. She knew full well her husband was using two rods -- as allowed on the Red -- while she was using only one. "Th
Limited tags remain after N.D. deer lottery BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has completed its first deer gun lottery, and more than 5,800 antlerless tags remain in select units. In response to lower deer numbers, Game and Fish slashed the number of tags available for this year's deer gun season.
NDGF considers 15-goose early season limit BISMARCK -- In an effort to reduce record populations of resident Canada geese, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is looking to raise the daily limit from eight birds to 15 during the early season that begins in August. The potential increase follows action by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regulations Committee to allow the higher limit.