Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. 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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GRAND FORKS — As a parent with a passion for sharing the outdoors with his kids, Cal Helgeson is frustrated. Given the potential challenges young deer hunters in North Dakota face after drawing their two youth deer hunting tags, he's probably not alone.
To get an event in the Outdoors 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 • Nov. 27: District 4 (Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina and Walsh counties), 7 p.m., Red River Archers indoor archery range, 2001 N. 42nd. St., Grand Forks. Personnel from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department will be on hand to discuss hunting and fishing issues and answer questions. Events
GRAND FORKS — When Tommy Sullivan transferred to Grand Forks Air Force Base in 2012 from Edwards AFB in California, he bought a new .30-06 rifle in hopes of drawing a tag for North Dakota's regular deer gun season, which opens at noon Friday, Nov. 10. He's still hoping. "I haven't even shot at a deer with it yet," said Sullivan, 31, a technical sergeant who lives near Thompson, N.D.
This isn't a deer hunting story, as such, but as memorable buck encounters go, it ranks right up there for Paul Edman, Richard Edman and Dan Edman—three brothers who grew up in Warren, Minn., and were attending Bemidji State University at the time. Dan Edman, who teaches construction electricity at Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks and still lives in Warren, reached out to share the story of the day back in the early '70s when he and his two older brothers rescued a buck in distress. Without their help, the deer likely would have perished.
Hunters who were fortunate enough to draw a North Dakota deer gun license this fall should have a decent shot at bagging a deer, officials say. In that sense, the deer season outlook is similar to the past couple of years, said Jeb Williams, wildlife chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck. North Dakota's 16½-day deer gun season opens at noon Friday, Nov. 10 and continues through Sunday, Nov. 26.
To get an event in the Outdoors 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. Events • Thursday: Grand Forks Audubon, 6:45 p.m., East Grand Forks Campbell Library, 422 Fourth St. NW, East Grand Forks. Grand Forks birding expert Dave Lambeth is guest speaker and will discuss "Exploring the Grasslands, Wetlands, Sloughs and Coulees of the Grand Forks County Outback." Event is free and all are welcome to attend.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Deer camps are spruced up and ready for another season, friends and family are converging for the annual fall get-together, and the waiting's almost over. Minnesota's 2017 firearms deer season opens a half-hour before sunrise Saturday morning.
If you hunt big game in Minnesota or have a fascination with record-book deer, moose, elk or bear, this book's for you. Minnesota Official Measurers, a club dedicated to measuring and scoring record big game animals in the state, in 2014 purchased the "Minnesota Deer Classic Record Book," which for years had compiled the database of the state's top big game animals.
GRAND FORKS—Andy Schoneich isn't a duck hunter, but he loves wildlife and does the occasional woodcarving when he gets the time. Developing a passion for the old wooden decoys that duck hunters used before the days of molded plastic was a natural progression. "There's a large number of collectors of the old wooden hunting decoys," Schoneich said. "Some of these decoys have exceeded $1 million and sit in some pretty prestigious collections."
ROSEAU, Minn. — Jan Johnson knew the bear was in the area, and he knew it was big. He was right; it was. Johnson, of rural Roseau, toughed out a gloomy, rainy afternoon of bear hunting Oct. 1 and came home with a black bear that unofficially weighed 721 pounds live weight. Bears are scored by skull size rather than body weight, but Johnson's bear definitely is one of the heaviest bears to be taken in Minnesota in quite some time. Photos of the bear have been making the rounds in texts, emails and social media.