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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Several miles of an extensive, multi-use trail system being developed in Beltrami Island State Forest will be available to grouse hunters and others this fall, but additional trail work is on hold until the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources completes a required Environmental Assessment Worksheet. The EAW is required for any new trail longer than 10 miles on DNR lands, said Charlie Tucker, assistant manager of Red Lake Wildlife Management Area at Norris Camp south of Roosevelt, Minn.
By the numbers, at least, ruffed grouse hunters in Minnesota should be in for one of their best seasons in years. Spring drumming counts in the heart of Minnesota's grouse range in the north were up 57 percent from last year and appear to be moving toward the peak in their 10-year cycle of boom-and-bust.
Hunter Dosch knows he's fortunate to only have 10 stitches in his right index finger and some cuts on his arms and a gash on one knee. It could have been worse. ... "I had a muzzleloader blow up in my hands," Dosch said, offering a short and sweet explanation of what happened. "Too much gunpowder. I'm about 100 percent sure of that."
The International Water Institute in Fargo again this year is offering community paddling events for anyone interested in trying out a 10-passenger Voyageur canoe on the Red Lake River. According to Andy Ulven, monitoring and education specialist for the International Water Institute, six of the canoes will be available during the events for participants to paddle and learn basic water safety and paddling techniques. The upcoming paddling events are as follows:
Craig Anderson of Fargo released this 37-inch northern pike on Maple Lake near Mentor, Minn.
Tysen Landeis, 13, of Larimore, N.D., released this 29-inch northern pike Sept. 3 on Matejcek Dam.
Matt Wehe of Grand Forks caught this 210-pound halibut (left) and lingcod (right) while on an Alaskan fishing trip. The weight of the lingcod was not available.
Brenna Tescher of Warren, Minn., caught and released this 28.5-inch walleye on Lake of the Woods while fishing with Danny Schmidt of Warren. Click on the image to see the complete photo.
WALKER, Minn.—The northwest wind was howling; screaming, in fact. On that point there could be no dispute. When you fish big water such as Leech Lake, though, you make the best of what Mother Nature throws you, and that was Toby Kvalevog's mindset on this August afternoon muskie excursion.
The past two weeks have been a blur as a combination of work and vacation took me everywhere from the Northwest Angle to the Twin Cities. On the work front, I was up at the Northwest Angle on Monday, Aug. 21 to report on an event celebrating the launch of a new border crossing system in this remote part of Minnesota that marks the northernmost point of the continental U.S.