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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Donnie Johnson of Grand Forks shot this 5x5 mule deer buck Nov. 5 in the Badlands near Grassy Butte, N.D., while accompanied by grandsons Chase Spicer, 13 (left), and Jake Spicer, 9. The Badlands hunting trip was a first for the boys, said Johnson, 75, who is getting a European mount of the rack made for his grandsons.
Lake of the Woods
The new year is just getting started, but wildlife officials already are concerned about the potential impact of cold temperatures and heavy snow on deer and other critters. "We're close to being on pace with the winters of 1996-97 and 2008-09, and when you mention those two years, I just cringe because they were bad for wildlife," said Terry Steinwand, director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck.
It’s officially official: Minnesota has a new ‘pout king. Mike Kurre, mentoring and events coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in St. Paul, sent an email this morning confirming the big burbot Brent Getzler of Roosevelt, Minn., caught Dec. 19 on Lake of the Woods is the new state record. “Received the paperwork late last week, and I can now confirm we have a new state record burbot,” Kurre wrote in his email.
Brothers Jayden and Jordan Grover had a good, late-season goose hunt near Hannaford, N.D. Jayden is a student at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, and Jordan lives in Hannaford.
Marco Marolt of Thief River Falls caught these 16-inch crappies on the Ontario side of Lake of the Woods while fishing out of Flag Island Resort. Click on the image to see the full photo.
To get an event in the 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. Events • Jan. 1: Winter Bird Count and First Day Hike, Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. Official count from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and participants should meet at the Visitor Center classroom. Birding Basics hike from 10 to 11 a.m., meet at the Chalet. Birders participating in the official count can come and go as they please. Vehicle pass required. Info: (701) 594-4445.
CWD found in farm-raised Minnesota deer ST. PAUL—Just weeks after chronic wasting disease was found in three wild deer in southeast Minnesota, the fatal brain disease has been identified in a farmed deer herd in Crow Wing County near Merrifield, Minn., the Minnesota Department of Animal Health reported Friday.
Check out the "Trophy Room" online gallery of hunting and fishing photos at GrandForksHerald.com. Move the mouse to the Outdoors link near the top of the home page and scroll to the Trophy Room link on the right panel. If you have a fishing or hunting photo you'd like to share online, send it to Trophy Room, attention Brad Dokken, 375 Second Ave. N., Box 6008, Grand Forks ND 58206-6008 or email jpeg photos to firstname.lastname@example.org .
January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, and with ample snow conditions across most of the Northland, there's no excuse not to get out and give skiing or snowboarding a try. The members of the Minnesota Ski Areas Association are embracing National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month by encouraging children and adults to learn to ski or snowboard by taking lessons from their professional instructors.