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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In late March, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department issued a reminder to anglers about the state's baitfish rules, particularly relating to live white suckers, which are illegal to use anywhere in North Dakota except the Red and Bois de Sioux rivers. Fisheries division chief Greg Power at the time said the regulation has been in place for more than 20 years, but every spring, Game and Fish still gets questions from anglers who wonder if they can use live white suckers for early ice-out northern pike fishing elsewhere in the state.
Lake of the Woods Lake of the Woods appears to be ice-free, based on satellite imagery posted Thursday. Walleye fishing is closed until May 14, but pike reports this past weekend were favorable, despite conditions that were windy at times. Anglers have caught some big pike in the bays by dunking a frozen cisco just off or on the bottom. The slow presentation is a favorite technique for targeting lethargic fish this early in the season. A few pike also have been caught casting lures into the shallows.
Cole Harris of Grand Forks Air Force Base shows off his “PB” -- personal best -- walleye, which he caught April 30 while fishing from shore on Devils Lake.
Josh Andrews of Larimore, N.D. (pictured) and Cole Harris of Grand Forks Air Force Base caught this limit of walleyes April 30 while fishing from shore on Devils Lake. Harris...
ALEXANDER, N.D. — For the first time since the late 1800s, a wolverine has been confirmed in North Dakota. Stephanie Tucker, game management section leader and furbearer biologist for the...
Every year, volunteers take to the woods in the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge to find woodcock, band them and release them, helping scientists learn more about these well-camouflaged little birds...
Postal Service unveils stamp collection WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service this week previewed the pane of 16 National Parks Forever stamps featured in its collection celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The stamps are arranged to approximate their locations around America and feature (top row, from left) Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska, Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Vermont and Acadia National Park in Maine.
If you're among the nearly 14,000 hunters who applied to hunt elk this fall in North Dakota, chances are you found yourself with plenty of company this week when the Game and Fish Department announced the lottery results. With 338 elk licenses available, the odds of drawing a once-in-a-lifetime tag was only slightly better than 2 percent. Randy Meissner, licensing supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck, said 13,928 people applied for elk tags this year. That means 13,590 of those applicants didn't get drawn.
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Sandhill cranes are in full voice on the prairies of North Dakota and northwest Minnesota this time of year, and the return of the lanky birds is an anticipated sign of spring. Cranes and two other lanky species, herons and egrets, are the stars of Stan Tekiela's new book, "Cranes, Herons & Egrets: The Elegance of Our Tallest Birds."