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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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. N.D. Game and Fish Advisory Board • Dec. 5: District 1 (Divide, McKenzie and Williams counties), 7 p.m., Rough Rider Center, 2209 Wolves Den Parkway, Watford City, N.D. Advisory board member: Jason Leiseth, Arnegard, N.D., (701) 586-3714.
I'm a big fan of slow cookers. They're easy to use and allow me to "cook" without actively tending to whatever I'm making. It's as simple as preparing the ingredients, placing them in the slow cooker and letting time and cooking do the rest. Best of all, cleanup is minimal—especially for those who use slow cooker bags (one of the greatest inventions of the modern era, in my opinion).
Mother Nature is playing it cruel instead of cool with ice fishing fanatics again this year, and it looks as if the popular winter pastime is going to be off to another late start. More than one longtime angler has said this is the latest freeze-up they can remember. And it's going to take more than a few days of low temperatures in the 20s—that's what's on the horizon for the next few days—to put safe ice on lakes across the region. Sigh. ... Now, the good news. ...
Wildlife managers in North Dakota and Minnesota use a variety of surveys to gather population indices for coyotes and other furbearers. The surveys tally trends rather than population estimates. Stephanie Tucker, furbearer biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck, said the department conducts three surveys to get a statewide perspective on coyotes:
Mike Liane has been trapping for more than 50 years, but the veteran outdoorsman says he didn't trap coyotes in North Dakota until the late 1980s. "I haven't trapped coyotes all my life because we haven't had coyotes all my life," said Liane, who lives northwest of Devils Lake and is president of the North Dakota Fur Takers Association. "I used to take 200 fox a month trapping and catch maybe one or two coyotes. They were almost like a trophy animal."
Newell Ueland of Thompson, N.D., shot this mule deer buck Nov. 19 in southwest North Dakota. Ueland, 76, said it had been six years since he drew his last mule...
For some ice fishing diehards, the extended fall increases the temptation to venture onto hard water before the ice is safe. It's best to have a plan for dealing with mishaps just in case, and the United States Swim School Association recently shared this list: Brace yourself: The immediate reaction is to gasp for air, but breathing in freezing water increases the chances of drowning. Keep calm: Do not panic or flail your arms; this will release more body heat. Keep your head above the water and grab onto the ice in the direction you came from.
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. N.D. Game and Fish Advisory Board • Nov. 28: District 5 (Cass, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele and Traill counties), 7 p.m., American Legion (south of Lake Elsie), Hankinson, N.D. Advisory board member: Duane Hanson, West Fargo, (701) 367-4249.
Q. Recently on a fall fishing trip to the Red River, two friends and I caught channel catfish, stonecat, carp, sheepshead, goldeye, walleye and sauger. How many different species of fish are in the Red River? A. What you describe is exactly what makes fishing the Red River—and rivers in general—so much fun. You never know what you're going to catch.
Rob Vollrath has bagged his share of banded ducks and geese over the years, but nothing like the mallard he shot Oct. 28 in northern North Dakota. Besides a leg band, the drake had a tiny device with a protruding antenna mounted on its back along with a phone number to call and the offer of a $50 reward for the unit's return. That was a first—and pure coincidence, Vollrath, of Grand Forks, said. "The (device) wasn't discovered until we gathered up the birds at the end of the hunt," he said.