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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I'll never get used to the idea of driving anything other than a boat on the Red River, but there were dozens of pickups on the ice last weekend when I joined a Canadian friend for a pre-Christmas fishing excursion near Selkirk, Man. As for us, we played it safe and went out by snowmobile.
Definition of 'good ice fishing' is better than ever When I think of what "good ice fishing" means, I have to approach it from two different time sets. In one set, I think of myself as a young kid in LaMoure, N.D., in the 1980s, ice fishing with my dad. We'd spend our time sitting on 5-gallon buckets and even straw bales, fighting the wind to land a few perch at Seefeldt Dam. Or we'd make what seemed like a long one-hour trek north to Lake Ashtabula. In my eyes, the perch fishing there was the best ever.
Jeffrey Bothun grew up ice fishing in portable houses because he liked the mobility the canvas shelters offered. That was before he fished in a wheelhouse, the deluxe mobile mansions that have redefined the concept of ice fishing in comfort. This winter, Bothun is hitting the ice in an 8-by-17-foot "RV Edition" Ice Castle, one of the top companies in the burgeoning wheelhouse industry.
A great-horned owl found injured and in poor condition last January near International Falls, Minn., was returned to the wild Wednesday afternoon in Beltrami Island State Forest after hitching a ride on the Marvin Windows corporate plane from The Raptor Center in St. Paul to Warroad, Minn. Beth Siverhus, a wildlife rehabilitator from Warroad, said she received the owl Jan.
Group highlights outdoors funding The advocacy group Conservation Minnesota recently marked the five-year anniversary of the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment's passage by highlighting some of the accomplishments brought about by the funds. As part of the amendment, in which Minnesota voters approved a small sales tax increase dedicated to water, wildlife habitat, parks and the arts, one-third of the revenue goes to the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which supports projects that protect, enhance and restore Minnesota's wildlife habitat. The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Coun
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has dropped a proposal to limit deer hunters to one deer license next fall, in part because of an outcry of opposition during the public input process. That means deer hunters in North Dakota will retain the opportunity to apply for rifle and muzzleloader lottery licenses and purchase archery tags over the counter. Game and Fish proposed the one-license restriction last month as a way to spread out hunting opportunities in the face of declining deer populations.
Lake of the Woods Anglers are catching about a 50-50 mix of walleyes and saugers this week, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports; the occasional perch, eelpout and sturgeon are also showing up, as well. Anglers in the Four-Mile Bay, Lighthouse Gap and Pine Island areas are fishing in 18 to 26 feet of water, while 24 to 26 feet during the day and 17 to 20 feet in the afternoon have been the most productive depths in the Graceton Beach, Zippel Bay, Long Point, and Rocky Point areas.
Dale Telle of Warroad, Minn., shot this buck the last Saturday of Minnesota’s rifle season while hunting south of Williams, Minn. The buck had 13 points -- maybe 14 --...
Rodney Olson, Lake Bronson, Minn., released this 27 1/2-inch walleye Dec. 5 on Lake of the Woods.