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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All but unheard in the campaign rhetoric coming from political candidates this fall is any mention of the "C" word: That would be conservation. There are several possible reasons why candidates of all parties have chosen to largely ignore clean air, clean water and quality wildlife habitat in their campaign platforms. Not the least of which is this: There's really nothing to be gained by advocating for conservation. Mike McEnroe of Bismarck knows this as well as anyone. A retired biologist for the U.S.
What: Learn to carve your own Swedish spoon. When: 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Where: First meet at the Altru Family YMCA, Grand Forks. Top it off: Bring your own bowl and enjoy wild rice soup and chili around a campfire from 6 to 7 p.m.
Q. I recently saw an article about geese by the thousands in Manitoba. Being not a hunter but an avid photographer, where could I go to find these in North Dakota?
The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance published a series of deer "fun facts" this week in its Sportsmen's Daily newsletter. Among them: - According to Field and Stream magazine, deer outnumber deer hunters in several states. The publication's charts show there are 2.05 deer for every deer hunter in Alabama. Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Virginia round out the Top Five states with bountiful deer populations that outnumber the hunters who pursue them. - Deer and Deer Hunting magazine reports that Wisconsin hunters in 2000 shot 618,274 white-tailed deer.
Finley Wildlife Club plans free pheasant hunt The Finley (N.D.) Wildlife Club is planning to release 200 pheasants and offer free hunting on hundreds of acres of land near the community on Oct.
Pheasant hunters have plenty of reasons to be optimistic this fall in North Dakota, where summer roadside surveys showed a 59 percent increase from 2011, according to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Stan Kohn, upland game management supervisor for Game and Fish in Bismarck, attributes the increase to a mild winter and spring weather that was ideal for production. Last year's hunting season actually exceeded preseason predictions, and hunters shot 683,000 pheasants, up from 552,000 in 2010. So, were there more birds on the landscape last fall than surveys projected?
NORTH DAKOTA Southwest: Brood numbers were up 37 percent, and Game and Fish Department crews sighted 30 percent more pheasants this summer than they did in 2011. Observers tallied 19 broods and 168 birds per 100 miles. Look for the southwest to again have the state's best pheasant numbers this fall. Southeast: Brood counts were up 144 percent, and the number of birds observed was 134 percent higher than last year, when wet conditions resulted in a drastic hit to pheasant populations.
Q. I've noticed frequent mention of Permit to Carry classes being offered across the region. What are these classes, what do they cover and what are the benefits they provide upon completion? A. Here's how certified instructor Laura Ramirez explains the classes: "The classes listed are offered by certified instructors in the region for those wishing to obtain their Concealed Carry (CCW) Permit.
Fish are likely to get smaller on average by 2050 because global warming will cut the amount of oxygen in the oceans in a shift that also may mean dwindling catches, according to a new study from British Columbia. Average maximum body weights for 600 types of marine fish, such as cod, plaice, halibut and flounder, would contract by 14 percent to 24 percent by 2050 from 2000 under a scenario of a quick increase in greenhouse gas emissions, it said. "The reductions in body size will affect whole ecosystems," lead author William Cheung of the University of British Columbia in Canada, tol
October is arguably the most anticipated month of the year on the outdoors calendar, and waking up to accumulations of wet, heavy snow like so many of us did Thursday morning wasn't the way we wanted to start. The precipitation was needed, for sure -- especially in fire-ravaged areas of northwest Minnesota -- but did it have to be snow? Still, October is young and opportunities abound. It was the fall of 2005 when southwest North Dakota got shellacked with a foot of snow on the opening weekend of pheasant season.