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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A peregrine falcon is back in town, and local birding experts believe it's Marv, the patriarch of Grand Forks' peregrine clan since 2014. Hatched in 2013 in Fargo, Marv showed up in Grand Forks the next year and mated with Terminator, a female hatched in 2006 in Brandon, Man. This will be Terminator's 10th breeding season in Grand Forks if she returns to her love nest atop the UND water tower, local raptor expert Tim Driscoll said. Peregrine falcons go their separate ways when they migrate but return to their nest sites the next season.
DU honors retired N.D. waterfowl biologist Ducks Unlimited recently honored retired biologist Doug Johnson for his work at the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, N.D. Johnson received DU's Wetland Conservation Achievement Award for efforts that provided much of the technical foundation for current landscape-scale approaches to habitat conservation for breeding ducks. Johnson was recognized for his efforts March 10 during the the 82nd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Spokane, Wash.
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I spent only one day fishing Lake Winnipeg this winter and have gotten my fix of the big lake vicariously through the experiences of others. If there's a common theme, it's the scarcity of larger walleyes, the giant "greenbacks" that have drawn anglers to Lake Winnipeg by the thousands in recent years. Catching walleyes this winter on Lake Winnipeg hasn't been a problem most days, from what I've been told, but those big "Master Angler"-size walleyes measuring 28 inches or longer have been conspicuous by their absence.
There were times, Chuck Lindner admits, when he had to dig deep to continue the 350-mile bicycle trek in which he'd immersed himself during the depths of the brutal Alaskan winter. The fourth day was probably the roughest, he said. Walking and pushing his fat tire bike up a rugged mountain pass into a sustained headwind of 50 mph and a wind chill factor of 50 below zero, Lindner says he averaged about 1 mph. There was no pedaling that day, and Lindner covered 19 miles in about 17 hours. "It was just a straight wind," he said. "You put your head down and went into it."
Lake of the Woods Ice as of earlier this week remained pretty good along the south shore, with 24 to 34 inches in most areas, Lake of the Woods Tourism reported. More than ever, anglers this time of year should use resort- or outfitter-maintained and monitored access roads for safety.
North Dakota's pheasant season will open a week earlier this fall under a new law passed by the North Dakota Legislature. The state Game and Fish Department had proposed an Oct. 14 opener before SB 2318 passed by a margin of 81-10 in the House and 46-0 in the Senate. Gov. Doug Burgum signed the bill into law Tuesday. The law requires North Dakota's pheasant season to open no later than Oct. 12.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has closed mountain lion hunting during the late season in Zone 1 effective immediately. The zone's late-season quota was filled after the seventh cat was taken, Game and Fish said in a news release. A conditional season in Zone 1 will open Tuesday, March 21 for hunters to pursue the additional five mountain lions that were not taken during the early season. The Zone 1 early season quota was eight, and only three were taken.
BISMARCK—North Dakota anglers, trappers and spring light goose hunters need new licenses for the 2017-18 season starting Saturday, April 1, and license buyers who use the Game and Fish Department's website will notice a new look to the online licensing system. The online system allows customers to buy, renew or apply for licenses. New licenses are available Wednesday, both online and at more than 140 vendors throughout the state.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 28 inches—Dan Tweeton, Detroit Lakes, Minn., Devils Lake. • 27 inches—Jessica Cossette, Detroit Lakes, Minn., Devils Lake. Perch kept 13-inch minimum • 1 pound, 12 ounces—Chris Ulmer, Fargo, Devils Lake.