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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Not long ago, I had a conversation with caller on the status of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department's popular Private Land Open to Sportsmen program. Rather than try to explain the long history of the PLOTS program, which got its start nearly 20 years ago, I directed him to a recent North Dakota Outdoors magazine article, which contains an interview with Kevin Kading, Game and Fish Department private land section leader.
Patrick Novak had hunted moose and caribou in Alaska, but he'd never experienced anything like the encounter he witnessed on the third day of hunting along a tributary of the Yukon River during a 17-day adventure in western Alaska. Novak, of Grand Forks, and hunting buddy Mike Stettler of Utah were calling in a young bull moose that was too small to shoot when the show began. "We were just playing around and started calling when these two bulls came crashing through the trees and started fighting," Novak said. "The ground was shaking when they were smashing into each other."
ROSEAU, Minn.—David Johnson, who co-founded Polaris Industries in 1954 and pieced together the company's first snowmobile from a hodgepodge of parts in a Roseau machine shop, died Saturday at his home after an extended illness. Karolyn Erickson Eastman, a family friend, confirmed Johnson's passing late Saturday afternoon. He was 93. Johnson, along with brothers Edgar and Allan Hetteen, started the Hetteen Hoist and Derrick company in Roseau in the mid-1940s, making straw choppers and other equipment.
Lake of the Woods
TURTLE RIVER STATE PARK, N.D.—Offering a guarantee of success is a dicey proposition with any pursuit, but Tim Driscoll liked his chances of catching at least one Northern saw-whet owl...
DNR to offer surplus doe tags Minnesota hunters who didn't receive an antlerless deer permit in the lottery can obtain one of 12 surplus doe tags for deer Permit Area 260, which covers the northwest corner of Minnesota and borders North Dakota and Manitoba, the Department of Natural Resources said.
A fish species once stocked in North Dakota is among 10 nonnative freshwater fish and one nonnative freshwater crayfish species being listed as "injurious wildlife" under the Lacey Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday. In a final rule that will take effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, the Service listed the zander as a species it doesn't want established in U.S. waters. Also on the list were crucian carp, Prussian carp, Eurasian minnow, roach, stone moroko, Nile perch, Amur sleeper, European perch, wels catfish and the common yabby
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North Dakota's deer licensing system presents a challenge with no easy solution as it relates to retaining hunters after they turn 16. I thought about that the other day after the North Dakota Game and Fish Department sent out a news release announcing the limited doe permits that remained after the deer gun lottery had been sold. With only 49,000 deer gun licenses available statewide, that came as no surprise.
North Dakota pheasant hunters can expect to work harder to shoot their limits this fall, but success likely will vary depending on how specific areas weathered this past summer's barrage of storms and bad weather, biologists say. North Dakota's regular pheasant season opens Saturday. R.J. Gross, upland game management biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck, said the impact of weather variations was apparent during late-summer roadside surveys. Wherever crops showed signs of hail damage, pheasant counts were lower, Gross said.