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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There's at least one new peregrine falcon chick in town, and the next few days should provide a clearer picture of this year's hatch, a local raptor expert says. Tim Driscoll, Grand Forks, a licensed bander who keeps close tabs on the birds, said female Terminator and male Marv were seen feeding at least one chick Friday in the nest box atop the UND water tower. In all likelihood, there are more chicks, but that's difficult to determine because the nest box is so high, and there's no camera set up on the tower to aid Driscoll and other falcon watchers.
Jon Falch of Larimore, N.D., released this 42-inch pike May 21 while fishing from shore on Devils Lake.
Austin Engen had big plans for the $12 his dad, Charlie, and fishing partner, Aaron Kroetsch, landed Wednesday evening for placing third in the Red River Valley Catfish Club's second league night of the season on the Red River. The younger Engen, 12, joins his dad and Kroetsch on the river for most league events and even reeled in one of their two fish Wednesday night. The 5.8-pound catfish, along with an 11.8-pound catfish, earned the boat a top three finish with 17.6 pounds.
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. Events • June 8: Paddling event, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Red Lake River in Central Park, Crookston. The International Water Institute, in partnership with Wilderness Inquiry and Ground Up Adventures, is hosting the event, and participants will be able to paddle 24-foot voyageur canoes that hold 10 passengers. Food and refreshments will be available. Info: Andy Ulven, (701) 429-4518 or email@example.com.
Q. Can I harvest mushrooms in Minnesota state parks and state forests? A. It's OK to harvest edible fruit and mushrooms in state parks as long as they are only for personal, noncommercial use. However, you are not allowed to pick wildflowers or other plants (edible or not), even for personal use in Minnesota state parks and state forests. In state forests, you also may harvest mushrooms and fruit for personal use. If picking for commercial sales, you need to first get a permit from your local forestry office. -- Amy Barrett
This year's Minnesota Walleye Opener lived up to its reputation for cold, windy, miserable weather. Judging by the number of anglers we saw hunkered down in outerwear made for subzero ice fishing conditions, there was plenty of misery to go around last weekend. A couple of friends and I spent the weekend at Ballard's Resort near the mouth of the Rainy River north of Baudette, Minn. Thanks to northwest winds that flirted with 25 mph, we opted to spend opening day in the more sheltered confines of the Rainy River instead of venturing out on Lake of the Woods.
North Dakota's 2016 deer gun season opens at noon Nov. 4, and as the saying goes, if you want to participate, you need a deer license, and if you want a license, you need to draw one in the lottery.
Apply now to hunt elk in Minnesota Hunters have until June 17 to apply for one of seven elk licenses the Department of Natural Resources is offering this year in northwest Minnesota. "The number of hunting licenses available is influenced by the state's elk management plan," Adam Murkowski, DNR big game program leader, said in a news release. "Our elk management programs aim to benefit our elk herds and their habitat while also minimizing conflicts with landowners."
About 70 third-graders from J. Nelson Kelly Elementary School in Grand Forks got a chance to test the waters of Ryan Pond in Grand Forks on Friday afternoon and fish for sunfish and rainbow trout as part of an event hosted by Cabela's.
Terry Luehring of Devils Lake caught this 22-pound catfish May 15 on the Red River. The catfish had a tag showing it had been tagged last August below the St...