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BRAD DOKKEN COLUMN: Hooked on Hunting event looks to grow

August 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Registration for Saturday’s Hooked on Hunting Youth Day begins at 12:30 p.m., and the event is set for 1 to 4 p.m. at the Grand Forks Gun Club at 6950 Gateway Drive. Continue Reading

Wolves, deer could overshadow proposed license fee hike in Minnesota

January 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

If I was a betting man, I’d put my money on deer and wolves being the bigger priority among legislators, at least in northern Minnesota. Continue Reading

BRAD DOKKEN COLUMN: Be especially careful venturing out on first ice

December 3, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Ice thickness isn’t yet consistent, and anglers venturing out on any body of water should use caution especially if they’re not from the area. Ice should be at least 4 inches thick for safe walking. If it’s 2 inches or less, stay off. Continue Reading

BRAD DOKKEN COLUMN: The Kid, the grouse and The Old Guy

September 24, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Kid didn’t miss when the opportunity came, and he’s been hooked on grouse hunting ever since. Continue Reading

BRAD DOKKEN: Mediocre pheasant forecasts could be trend with loss of CRP acres

September 18, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

In North Dakota, the Game and Fish Department this week said statewide pheasant counts are down 36 percent from last year and brood observations down 38 percent. For hunters, the upshot is a pheasant kill that could dip below 500,000 roosters for the first time since 2001. Continue Reading

BRAD DOKKEN COLUMN: Ripples of 9/11 radiate to even the most remote parts of the country

September 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has been on everyone’s minds in recent weeks, and it’s caused me to stop and think about how life has changed where I grew up. The changes have been subtle and significant at the same time. Continue Reading

BRAD DOKKEN COLUMN: Cats Incredible or not, Nebraska couple still hopes to hit the Red River

August 6, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

For Gary and Bonnie Mounce of Nebraska City, Neb., summer just isn’t the same without Cats Incredible. Continue Reading

BRAD DOKKEN: Fish cooperated, but photo of smiling 8-year-old is what we’ll remember

July 30, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The photo of 8-year-old Matthew Simmons grinning from ear-to-ear as he confidently held a northern pike turned out to be the catch of the day. Continue Reading

N.D. Game and Fish director defends timing of oil impact report

June 18, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Available on the Game and Fish Department’s website,, the 121-page document covers a dozen species ranging from mule deer to sage grouse and nongame species. Continue Reading

Planning, anticipating a fishing trip can be as much fun as the trip itself

May 7, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

As with any fishing or hunting trip, there’s reason for excitement, but the reason in this case is bigger than usual. The crew will be fishing the Columbia River for white sturgeon with a guide who specializes in the species. Continue Reading

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