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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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is awaiting genetic results to confirm whether a large canine shot Nov. 24 south of Watford City, N.D., is a gray wolf. Rich Grosz, an agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Bismarck, said results from the testing will determine whether the federal agency conducts an investigation. Gray wolves remain under federal protection in North Dakota west of the Missouri River and U.S.
As expected, Minnesotadeer harvest declines ST. PAUL -- Minnesota hunters have shot 151,400 deer so far during the 2012 early firearm season, according to preliminary numbers from the Department of Natural Resources. The late season in Zone 3B of southeast Minnesota continues through today. Overall, hunters killed 9 percent more antlered bucks and 21 percent fewer antlerless deer than 2011.
Every spring after ice-out, litter from the winter fishing season washes up along the shore of Lake of the Woods. Bobbers, lumber, debris, bags of human waste ...
To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572, ext. 148; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. N.D. Game and Fish Advisory Board The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has set the dates for its fall advisory board meetings across the state. Here are the meeting dates in northeast and eastern North Dakota: • Nov. 26: District 3 (Benson, Cavalier, Eddy, Ramsey, Rolette and Towner counties), 7 p.m., Wild Things Taxidermy Shop, Sheyenne, N.D.
Take a look around the Greenway, and it's obvious runners don't stop for winter. With that in mind, Kahtoola, a company that builds snowshoes, crampons and personal traction devices, has perfected the "RNR Running Snowshoe," a lightweight, high-tech snowshoe that can be worn with any boot or running shoe.
Deer tests show no signs of bovine TB Bovine tuberculosis appears to have been eradicated from the area in northwest Minnesota where it was found in July 2005. According to Dr. Michelle Carstensen, wildlife health program supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, tests of 325 deer this fall in the affected area near Skime, Minn., found no clinical signs of the disease.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department's audit of nearly 15,000 landowners applying for guaranteed deer licenses this year resulted in a few glitches, but the campaign should improve the process in the long run, a department official says. Robert Timian, enforcement chief for Game and Fish in Bismarck, said the department routinely samples a small percentage of the applicants for so-called gratis licenses every year.
There's not an event on the outdoors calendar that produces as many stories in such a short amount of time as the hunting seasons for deer and other big game. Trophy bucks, of course, always rank right up there among good stories. But the hunting tales also take other forms. For example: • Hunters who go above and beyond in helping someone less fortunate enjoy the taste of success (and fresh venison). • Once-in-a-lifetime-caliber trips. • Oddball occurrences that can't be explained.
Snow covers the ground in much of the region, and travelers last weekend got a harsh reminder of how difficult winter driving can be when Mother Nature delivered a nasty dose of snow and freezing rain. Enviro-Log, a company that specializes in "eco-friendly" products for home heating and outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and tailgating, suggests motorists carry a survival kit in their vehicles.
Q. I know they say there are fewer deer this year, and the Game and Fish Department issued fewer permits, but what has impacted the population and caused it to dwindle here in North Dakota? Have any other wildlife populations been impacted? A. The decline in deer numbers largely resulted from a combination of three consecutive tough winters beginning in 2008-'09 and several years of aggressive harvest.