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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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.
National Wildlife Refuge Week begins Saturday and continues through Oct. 15. Celebrated each year during the second full week of October, the event offers the perfect opportunity to visit a national wildlife refuge to hike, fish, paddle or just enjoy the outdoors.
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The odds of drawing a license for North Dakota's deer gun season remain slim, but the odds of hitting that buck, doe or fawn with a vehicle are increasing on both sides of the Red River, a new report says. State Farm insurance company this week issued a report indicating Minnesota drivers are 1.3 percent more likely to hit a deer than they were last year, while drivers in North Dakota are a whopping 24.2 percent more likely to hit a deer.
Sierra Heyd, 11, of Grand Forks, braved mosquitoes and wet weather to shoot her first deer Sept. 25 during North Dakota's youth deer season while accompanied by her dad, Jon...
These tips could help drivers avoid a collision: • Pay attention to deer crossing signs. • Always buckle up, every trip, every time. • Use your high beams, when possible, to see farther. • Brake if you can, but avoid swerving, which could result in a more severe crash. • Remain focused on the road, scanning for hazards, including animals. • Avoid distractions such as devices or eating, which might cause you to miss seeing an animal. • Do not rely on products such as deer whistles, which are not proven effective.
Robert “Bob” Olsen celebrated his first drake mallard on the opening weekend of North Dakota’s waterfowl season. Olsen, from Maple Lake, Minn., is stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base...
Patrick Novak of Grand Forks shot this 64-inch bull moose Sept. 13 in Alaska.
Ashley Guzal, 15, of Portland, N.D., shot this buck -- her first deer -- Sept. 23 during North Dakota’s youth deer season. Ashley is a sophomore at May-Port-CG school. “The...
An outdoorsman friend has a habit I need to emulate. He carries a compass. And he carries it every time he goes into the woods. Usually, it's a mini compass he attaches to the zipper of a jacket or vest. It only costs a couple of bucks, but the little gizmo has gotten him out of sticky situations on more than one occasion, he says. That's a good investment, an investment that has paid for itself many times over.