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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Walleye released 25-inch minimum 29 inches -- Darvin Becker, Fargo, Stump Lake, N.D. Northern pike released 32-inch minimum 33 inches -- Braden Durick, 4, Grand Forks, Devils Lake. Walleye kept 8-pound minimum 31 inches -- Derry Jones, Lake Bronson, Minn., Lake of the Woods. Yellow perch kept 1¾-pound minimum 2 pounds, 7 ounces -- Matthew Mack, Devils Lake, Devils Lake. Northern pike kept 20-pound minimum 20 pounds, 4 ounces* -- Michael Hammond, Devils Lake, Devils Lake. *Denotes fish taken
Three owl species move into our area from the north, one nearly every winter, others more erratically. We met the regular visitor last week, the snowy owl. The other, less frequent wanderers are the great gray owl and northern hawk owl. Both of these species nest rather close to the Red River Valley, the hawk owl just north of Winnipeg and the great gray owl in the bog north of Roseau, Minn. Both of these are less than 150 miles from Grand Forks. Some years, great gray owls explode southward, practically filling up the shrub country of northwestern Minnesota.
Every so often I catch myself with a few pieces of news and notes that might not generate a full column, but are worthy of passing along as reminders. Here are a few of them: Tracking legislation For starters, with the 2015 North Dakota legislative session underway, tracking outdoors-related bills is easily accomplished from the state Game and Fish Department website at gf.nd.gov. A brief description of each bill is included on the legislation page, along with the bill sponsor, hearing schedule and results of any votes that have occurred.
DEVILS LAKE -- A comment overheard in the frozen plowed field that served as a parking lot might have summed up the collective mindset Saturday afternoon for the hardy souls who participated in the Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department's 31st annual ice fishing tournament: "This is what we do in North Dakota for fun.
Lake of the Woods In the Pine Island area, the best reports are coming from anglers venturing out 15 miles or farther, and anglers are catching a mix of walleyes and saugers, Lake of the Woods tourism reported. Anglers fishing structure near Knight, Bridges and Garden island also are doing well. Meanwhile, "decent" fishing is being reported from the Morris Point area to Zippel Bay in 20 feet to 28 feet of water during the day and 15 to 18 feet mornings and evenings.
A northwest Minnesota lawmaker plans to introduce legislation to ensure farmers who sustain losses from wolf or elk depredation are reimbursed through the Department of Agriculture’s depredation fund. Rep. Dan Fabian, R-Roseau, said in his weekly Capitol Update newsletter that the ag department asked for less money last biennium than in previous years, and as a result, the reimbursement fund is dry.
Q. Recently, my daughter turned 12. What are the different options for her to take hunter safety, and what are the pros and cons of each? A. For the purposes of this answer, I’ll assume you’re in North Dakota. Hunter education is required by law in North Dakota for anyone born after Dec. 31, 1961, to hunt in the state. The course is mandatory for kids turning 12, and children can take the class at the age of 11.
A total of 100 anglers -- the maximum allowed -- fished the Second Annual Wounded Warriors Guide Service Ice Tournament held Jan. 17 on Devils Lake. According to Dave Morse of Wounded Warriors Guide Service, the tournament sold out in December and had a waiting list of more than 15 teams. Prizes were awarded in the walleye, perch, northern pike and other divisions. Winners in each division were as follows:
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. -- Hitting the bulls-eye is always a good thing when shooting archery, but it wasn't the main focus for the eager fourth- and fifth-graders lined up to hone their skills on a recent cold Sunday afternoon in a gym at East Grand Forks Sacred Heart School . This session was more about form and safety -- to start with, at least -- and the three boys and two girls hung on every word from instructor Wayne Pietruszewski.
Lake of the Woods Anglers along the south shore in the Pine Island area are heading north 15 miles or more to clearer water, according to the latest report from Lake of the Woods Tourism. The deep mud-bottom areas are producing a mix of walleyes and saugers, while structure near Knight, Bridges and Garden islands is productive, as well. Closer to shore, the area from Morris Point to Zippel Bay is providing decent action in 17 feet to 28 feet of water during the day and in 15 to 18 feet mornings and evenings.