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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A few outdoorsy items of note as we make the transition from summer to fall and (hopefully) bid farewell to the scourge of heat and humidity for another year: • A full slate of hunting openers are on the horizon in North Dakota in the next week. The 9½-day youth deer season opens at noon Friday, youth waterfowl season is Saturday and Sept. 20 and sandhill crane season opens Saturday.
To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 148; or by email at email@example.com . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Events • Sept. 19: Roseau-Lake of the Woods Sportsman's Club ninth annual ATV Fun Run, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Beltrami Island State Forest. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Carp Pit Recreation Area to register. From Roosevelt, Minn., turn south at the Nite Hawk onto the Krull Trail, right on the Carp Trail and right into the Recreation Area. Tickets: $20 per person includes lunch. • Sept.
Finding a shoe that's sturdy enough for hiking yet light enough for everyday use can be a challenge, but I think I've found one in the Ridgemont "Ultimate Day Hiker." I got a pair of the Ultimate DaHikers earlier this summer but only recently started wearing them. The laces were stiff, and it took me a couple of minutes to get the shoes laced up and ready for wearing—patience isn't one of my virtues—but that was a minor inconvenience. The shoes were comfortable right out of the box, and I'm pretty sure they'll be my go-to footwear this fall and winter.
N.D. sharptail, Hun outlooks While Minnesota's grouse seasons open Saturday, hunters already are in the field in North Dakota, where sharptail numbers are on par with last year, while Hungarian partridges are up. North Dakota's grouse and partridge seasons opened Saturday. According to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, sharptail brood counts show a 4 percent decline from last year.
Minnesota's ruffed grouse drumming counts were statistically unchanged this spring after jumping 34 percent from 2013 to 2014, but a potentially strong hatch could make up the difference when hunters go afield this fall. Minnesota's ruffed grouse and sharptail seasons open Saturday. Ted Dick, forest game bird coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources in Grand Rapids, Minn., said lack of snow for roosting likely hampered grouse survival last winter, and so the spring's stagnant drumming counts weren't a big surprise. On the upside, he said, spring weather this year was more favorab
They cooked and slept aboard a Caribbean sailing yacht on the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. They snorkeled. They fished and caught snappers, groupers, puffer fish and even a couple of sharks. And for nearly a week in August, the four Boy Scouts and two of their dads soaked in the kind of adventure they never could experience back home in Grand Forks. Never mind the fact they were awakened at 7 a.m.
Lake of the Woods As summer transitions to fall, fishing remains excellent, and drifting with spinners tipped with crawlers or frozen shiners is the favored method, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports. Jigging and trolling crankbaits are productive options, as well. Try Lighthouse Gap, Pine Island, in front of Zippel Bay, Long Point and 12-Mile Reef in 26 feet to 30 feet of water drifting and jigging.
A UND associate professor of biology recently was honored for new research into noninvasive methods for monitoring polar bears in northern Manitoba. Brian Darby received the Christine Stevens Wildlife Award, which carries a $10,000 grant, from The Animal Welfare Institute.
JoAnn Vollrath of Grand Forks released this 29-inch walleye Sept. 5 on Lake of the Woods near Morson, Ont.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—The public duck banding event scheduled for 5:30 p.m.