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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BISMARCK—The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has closed mountain lion hunting during the late season in Zone 1 effective immediately. The zone's late-season quota was filled after the seventh cat was taken, Game and Fish said in a news release. A conditional season in Zone 1 will open Tuesday, March 21 for hunters to pursue the additional five mountain lions that were not taken during the early season. The Zone 1 early season quota was eight, and only three were taken.
BISMARCK—North Dakota anglers, trappers and spring light goose hunters need new licenses for the 2017-18 season starting Saturday, April 1, and license buyers who use the Game and Fish Department's website will notice a new look to the online licensing system. The online system allows customers to buy, renew or apply for licenses. New licenses are available Wednesday, both online and at more than 140 vendors throughout the state.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 28 inches—Dan Tweeton, Detroit Lakes, Minn., Devils Lake. • 27 inches—Jessica Cossette, Detroit Lakes, Minn., Devils Lake. Perch kept 13-inch minimum • 1 pound, 12 ounces—Chris Ulmer, Fargo, Devils Lake.
EMERADO, N.D.—Robert and Sherry Thompson were looking for Friday night date options when they stumbled on a winner. First they shoot in a winter indoor pistol league, which takes about an hour or so, and then they go out to dinner. It's the best of both worlds for the Grand Forks shooting sports enthusiasts. "I like dinner," Sherry Thompson said with a laugh. Talking his wife into joining him on the pistol range wasn't a tough sell, Robert Thompson says.
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. Events • March 23-26: Northwest Sportshow, Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S. Hours 1 to 9 p.m. March 23, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 24, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.. March 25 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 26. Info: northwestsportshow.com.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has summarized last year's 'big three' hunting seasons—bighorn sheep, moose and elk—and overall hunter success was 100 percent for bighorn sheep, 97 percent for moose and 56 percent for elk. Game and Fish issued seven bighorn sheep licenses and auctioned one. All eight hunters harvested a bighorn ram. A total of 200 moose licenses were issued last year. Of that total, 192 hunters harvested 187 animals—121 bulls and 66 cows/calves. Moose harvest statistics by unit.:
DEVILS LAKE—As comebacks go, I don't know how it could have been any better. Last Sunday in many ways was a day to celebrate. The weather was about as perfect as you could ask for on an early March day. The sun was shining, the sounds of passing Canada geese filled the air, and the relentless wind that had made being outside the previous day miserable was a thing of the past, if only for a day. Anyone fortunate enough to be outside last Sunday truly received a gift. The fishing wasn't bad, either. That's where the comeback comes into play.
MANDAN, N.D.—Charges have been filed in connection with two deer poaching incidents that occurred in November and December in or near the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp in Morton County, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department says. According to Bob Timian, enforcement chief for Game and Fish in Bismarck, the Morton County state's attorney's office has filed criminal complaints against four men identified in two separate incidents of illegally possessing deer in North Dakota.
EDINBURG, N.D.—An animal shot illegally west of Edinburg in Walsh County has been confirmed as a gray wolf, and charges are pending, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department says. Paul Freeman, northeast district warden supervisor for Game and Fish in Devils Lake, said he received a call Feb. 19 from a witness who'd seen an animal shot along Walsh County Road 9. Freeman responded to the site and put down the wounded animal.
Plans to improve Minnesota's northern pike fishery with a system of zones and changes to bag limits and size limits has been put on hold after the proposed regulations hit an unexpected legal snag. As a result, the statewide pike limit for Minnesota inland waters remains at three with one longer than 30 inches in possession for this year, but the new regulation is on track to take effect in 2018.