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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Lake of the Woods
Josh Andrews of Larimore, N.D., shot this buck with a bow Nov. 1. Click on the image to see the complete photo.
Jon Falch of Larimore, N.D., shot this buck with a bow Nov. 2. Click on the image to see the complete photo.
Deer hunters hoping for brisk temperatures and snow for tracking are going to be disappointed by the weather forecast for the first few days of rifle season, which opens at noon Friday in North Dakota and Saturday morning in Minnesota. The National Weather Service is forecasting sunny conditions and highs in the low 60s through Sunday in Grand Forks and across northwest Minnesota. There's a slight chance of rain Sunday afternoon. How the weather affects deer movement remains to be seen, but there's a school of thought the animals are less active in warmer weather.
A prescribed burn at the UND Oakville Prairie Field Station and Wildlife Management Area near Emerado, N.D., tentatively is set for later this week if weather conditions permit. The site is jointly managed by UND and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Personnel from Badger Creek Wildfire in Poplar, Mont., are scheduled to arrive Wednesday, Nov. 2, to assess conditions and conduct minimal operations on the Game and Fish Department's Prairie Chicken WMA unit near Manvel, N.D., according to Kathryn Yurkonis, a UND associate professor of biology.
John Williams often compares deer populations to a pendulum that's always swinging from one side to the other of the elusive happy medium. And this year, the longtime wildlife manager says, hunters in many northwest Minnesota deer permit areas will find the pendulum swinging back toward the positive. Minnesota's firearms deer season opens Saturday.
There will be a few more hunters in the field this fall for North Dakota's deer gun season, but demand continues to outpace supply, a trend that isn't likely to reverse itself anytime soon. North Dakota's 16½-day deer gun season opens at noon Friday. Bill Jensen, big game biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck, said white-tailed deer numbers south and west of the Missouri River are "pretty good," and mule deer numbers in the west continue to rebound. Farther east, the whitetail outlook is less favorable.
Aiden Johnson, 10, of Warren, Minn., shot his first buck during the recent youth deer season in northwest Minnesota.
Hunter Rice, 13, of rural Roseau, Minn., shot this buck Oct. 21 during the youth deer season in northwest Minnesota.