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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Let's cut to the chase this week and get to the important details of North Dakota's 2016 waterfowl hunting seasons. Technically, they already started with early goose in mid-August and now continue on with youth weekend, the resident opener and regular opener on three consecutive weekends.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 30 inches—Bev Geller, Devils Lake, Devils Lake. Walleye kept 8-pound minimum • 30¼ inches—Donnie Hess, New Town, N.D., Devils Lake. Report your big fish tales to Brad Dokken at firstname.lastname@example.org , by phone at (701) 780-1148 or toll-free (800) 477-6572 ext. 148, or mail to Brad Dokken, c/o The Grand Forks Herald, 375 Second Ave. N., Box 6008, Grand Forks ND 58206-6008. Please include the angler's town of residence and whether the fish was kept or released.
Lucas Keizer, 8, of Detroit Lakes, Minn., caught and released this 21.4-pound catfish Sunday on the Red River near Grand Forks. Lucas is a third-grader at Holy Rosary School in...
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 • Today: Buena Vista Fall Colors Festival, 1 to 3 p.m., Buena Vista Ski Area and Logging Village north of Bemidji on Beltrami County Road 15. Blacksmith demonstrations, walking tours, wood carving, kids' activities, horse-drawn wagon rides and more. Admission $6 age 13 and older, $3 ages 5 to 12 and free admission for kids younger than 5. Info: bvskiarea.com or (218) 766-9919.
Minnesota wildlife artist James Hautman is the winner of the 2016 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. Hautman's acrylic painting of Canada geese will be made into the 2017-2018 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or "Duck Stamp," which will go on sale in late June 2017. This is the fifth Federal Duck Stamp Contest win for Hautman, of Chaska, Minn., tying him with his brother Joseph, whose art appears on the 2016-2017 Federal Duck Stamp. James Hautman's art previously appeared on the 1991-1992, 1995-1996, 1999-2000 and 2011-2012 Federal Duck Stamps.
Waterfowl hunters in northwest Minnesota likely will face the same wet conditions Saturday as hunters in northeast North Dakota, managers say. Especially after heavy rains Labor Day weekend that dumped 4 inches or more in places. Minnesota's waterfowl season opens Saturday.
All signs point to a good waterfowl season in northeast North Dakota, but hunters might find the birds scattered because of widespread wet conditions. Muddy roads and fields also could present a challenge. Waterfowl season in North Dakota opens Saturday for residents, and nonresidents can go afield beginning Oct. 1. Minnesota's waterfowl season also opens Saturday.
Here's a look at waterfowl regulations for North Dakota and Minnesota. North Dakota • North Dakota's waterfowl season opens Saturday for residents and Oct. 1 for nonresidents. • Hunters may take six ducks per day with the following restrictions: five mallards of which two may be hens, three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two pintails and two canvasbacks. • Hunters can take an additional two blue-winged teal from Saturday's opener through Oct. 9. • Shooting hours for ducks are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
SELKIRK, Man.—Early September catfishing on the Manitoba side of the Red River has become a pre-fall tradition in recent years, and last weekend's annual trip north didn't disappoint. True to form, the catfish were big—the heaviest tipped the scales at more than 28 pounds—and they were abundant. During the course of two, six-hour days Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, three of us brought 87 catfish to the boat. I say "to the boat" as opposed to "in the boat" because we released all but a couple of the very largest fish at boatside without weighing or measuring.
It's too soon to say for sure, but the rainy summer of 2016 might be setting the stage for spectacular fall colors across Minnesota and forested areas of North Dakota, experts say. Val Cervenka, Forest Health Program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in St. Paul, said the far southwest corner of the state is the only place where conditions are too dry.