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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N.D. deer tags remain: Hunters still have time to buy an antlerless deer license in North Dakota. As of Friday, more than 19,000 antlerless tags remained in units 1, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F1, 2H, 2J2, 2K2, 2L, 3A2, 3A4, 3D2, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1, 3F2, 4E and 4F. There is no limit on the number of remaining deer licenses a hunter can receive.
Program seeks deer donations: With an early doe season now under way in parts of northeastern North Dakota and high deer populations in many parts of the state, the Game and Fish Department is urging hunters to consider donating a deer to the Sportsmen Against Hunger program. Sportsmen Against Hunger is a charitable program that raises money for processing donated deer and coordinates distribution of ground venison to food pantries in North Dakota.
If you want to get people worked up, write a story about mountain lions. So here goes.
No one can ever accuse Jared Lothspeich of doing things the easy way when it comes to big game hunting. A junior at Red River High School, Lothspeich, 17, in 2006 shot a record-book mule deer in the Badlands of southwestern North Dakota that scored 158 1/8.
Growing up on a family farm southwest of Larimore, N.D., Patti Aanenson said she doesn't remember seeing coyotes, even though her dad raised sheep. It's a different story today, Aanenson said. She and her husband, Gene, live on the same farm where she grew up, and coyotes are common. "I would say it's within the last five to seven years that we have really noticed an increase," Aanenson said. "At first, it was just hearing them in the distance, and now it just seems they get closer and closer.
Biologists for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have confirmed that an animal hit and killed Friday night by a motorist near Bemidji was a mountain lion. Authorities said the driver hit the cat about 10:40 p.m. Friday on the Schoolcraft Bridge, which crosses the Schoolcraft River near the Carr Lake Road on the south side of Bemidji. Blane Klemek, assistant area wildlife manager for the DNR in Bemidji, said the cat was a sub-adult male 2 to 2½ years old and weighing an estimated 110 pounds.
John Devney is the senior vice president for Delta Waterfowl, a conservation and research group with U.S. headquarters in Bismarck. A native of Mahtomedi, Minn., Devney is a graduate of St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., and has been with Delta since 1998. In advance of the Kellys Slough Chapter of Delta Waterfowl's annual banquet Sept. 24, Devney talked about the group's mission and waterfowl hunting prospects for the coming North Dakota season with Herald Outdoors writer Brad Dokken. Here's an edited transcript of that conversation: Q.
Ever woken up in another country and realized your wallet was missing? Trust me -- you don't want it to happen. Not unless you're looking to add a few gray hairs or a few points to your blood pressure, at least. It was the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, and I'd made the trek north with three buddies to fish catfish on the Manitoba side of the Red River.
Derek Janssen and two uncles had been camping and hunting on the Alaska tundra nearly five days without seeing a single bull caribou when the big animal practically wandered into camp one morning in late August. Janssen's uncle, Dave Kucera, Crookston, was first to see the bull while standing outside the tent having his morning coffee. A cow had come first, Janssen, 17, recalls, and the bull followed within about 70 yards about five minutes later. They were camping in remote country 180 miles northwest of Anchorage, about a two-hour ride by float plane.
The Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input as the agency begins a Subsection Forest Resource Management Plan for the aspen parklands area of northwestern Minnesota. The aspen parklands area covers about 2.9 million acres from Gully in the southeast, Roseau in the northeast, Lancaster in the northwest and Crookston in the southwest. "The plan will provide strategic direction for vegetation management for the aspen parklands," said Pat Matuseski, DNR forest planner, Bemidji.