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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NDGF summarizes moose, elk seasons North Dakota moose hunters had 96 percent success statewide, and elk hunters had 69 percent success during the 2015 season, the Game and Fish Department announced this week. Game and Fish didn't offer a bighorn sheep season last year because of a 2014 bacterial pneumonia outbreak that caused significant sheep mortality.
Winter might be winding down, but fishing opportunities continue, and there are a number of dates and regulations anglers should keep in mind. On the regulations front, anyone fishing Minnesota waters needs a new fishing license; 2015 licenses expired Monday. Late winter is prime time for pike fishing on Lake of the Woods, where the season for northern pike is continuous. Just make sure you're using legal bait.
To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148; (800) 477-6572, ext. 1148; or by email at email@example.com . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Events • Today: Last day of 51st Annual Red River Valley Sportsmen's Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fargodome. Admission: $7.50 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 6 to 12, and children 5 and younger are admitted free of charge. Info: (763) 755-8111 or fargosportshow.com.
ROSEGLEN, N.D.—Jeff and Krista Myers got a firsthand look at nature's occasional cruelty Tuesday afternoon while driving their 4-year-old daughter, Lynde, home from preschool. If she hadn't been along, Jeff Myers says, they might not have stopped for a closer look at the whitetail buck standing with its head down in a farm field a few hundred yards off a gravel road "in the middle of nowhere." "We stopped and noticed the buck was moving strangely," Myers said. "It had its head down going the one way and would back up the other way."
ROSEAU, Minn.—Stuart Rice started collecting shed antlers about 20 years ago as a way to get out and enjoy the outdoors in the late winter and early spring, but he didn't do much with his growing collection until a few years ago. "Back then, I'd find one and throw it in the corner," he said. These days, Rice, 55, takes nature's beauty and adds utility to that beauty by making lamps from the antlers he collects when buck deer drop their horns, as people in northern Minnesota often call them.
Lake of the Woods
It’s almost difficult to comprehend, given the lack of snow in the Grand Forks area that has brought snowmobiling and other winter recreation to a screeching halt, but some very...
Authorities are urging anglers to use caution after recent reports of vehicles breaking through bad ice on northeast North Dakota lakes. Paul Freeman, northeast district enforcement supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Devils Lake, said a pickup went through the ice Friday on North Golden Lake northeast of Finley, N.D. A vehicle also broke through thin ice a few days earlier on the Mauvais Coulee, which flows into Devils Lake, he said.
Walleye kept 8-pound minimum • 8 pounds, 8 ounces—Joseph Tykwinski, Valley City, N.D., Devils Lake. White bass kept 3-pound minimum • 3 pounds, 4 ounces—Dallas Koplin, Nortonville, N.D., Devils Lake.
Q. I was reading about the North Dakota moose research project and the declining moose population in Minnesota. When was the last time you saw a moose in northwest Minnesota? A. That's a good question, and it's been a long time—at least 10 years. As often as I travel in northwest Minnesota, that says something about the downfall of this iconic species in a part of the state where moose once were common.