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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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.
Q. Why does the fur coat of a deer change colors depending on the time of year—a reddish color in the spring and brown in the fall? A: The deer's coat is designed to provide both a means for thermoregulation and camouflage. Summer coats appear reddish and are thin, allowing deer to better cope with heat stress. In the fall, deer begin a process of molting, which is triggered by hormonal changes that reflect the changing seasons. The reddish summer coat turns into a faded gray or brown color as the new winter coat begins to grow.
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 • Nov. 19: "Discovering the Civilian Conservation Corps: Exploring the North Country Trail and Itasca Along the Dr. Roberts Trail," 1 to 3 p.m. Itasca State Park. Meet outside Forest Inn across from Douglas Lodge. Info: (218) 699-7251.
Diane Schull won tickets to see country star Carrie Underwood this past summer, but she'll have a tough time topping the prize she claimed earlier this month. Schull, of Fisher, Minn., won a 2016 Ford F150 four-wheel drive pickup from Pheasants Forever. Northland Ford Dealers, which includes stores in all or parts of seven states, donates a truck to Pheasants Forever every year, and Pheasants Forever chapters across the region sell chances to win the truck. Each chapter then gets to keep the money the ticket sales generate.
North Dakota deer hunters generally are satisfied with deer management in the state despite lower populations and reduced hunting opportunities, results from a "human dimensions" survey of deer hunters show. Bill Jensen, big game biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck, said a sample of four hunter groups—bowhunters, gratis license holders, regular gun hunters and muzzleloader hunters—all gave the department's deer management a rating of 6 or better on a scale of 1 to 10.
Lake of the Woods Shiner minnows keep moving into the Rainy River, and the walleyes are following, Sportsman's Lodge reports. Vertical jigging bright-colored jigs tipped with a shiner is working well. Areas outside Pine Island, Four-Mile Bay and many points along the Rainy River from Wheeler's Point to Clementson, Minn., have been good. Best walleye action is in 15 feet to 25 feet of water, and anglers fishing the lake also are encountering good numbers of saugers and jumbo perch mixed in with the walleyes.
Q. I enjoyed following the story of the guy who paddled a giant pumpkin on the Red River from Grand Forks to Oslo, Minn. How does he get the pumpkins to grow so large, and can pretty much any pumpkin reach that size? A. The story indeed was a hoot. For those who may have missed it, Rick Swenson of Fergus Falls, Minn., paddled a 1,086-pound giant pumpkin from Grand Forks to Oslo to set the unofficial Guinness World Record for longest distance paddled in a pumpkin.
Brett Anderson, 14, of Northwood, N.D., released this 35½-inch catfish Sept. 18 on the Red River. He is a freshman at Northwood Public School.
To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 148 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Hunting