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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Hudson Dahlin, 4, East Grand Forks, braved rough water to catch this walleye on the opening weekend of Minnesota's fishing season on Lake of the Woods while fishing with his...
Carter Beck, 14, East Grand Forks, caught this 28-inch walleye May 9 on Four-Mile Bay of Lake of the Woods. He was fishing with his father, Josh, and grandpa, Randy...
Deer season set, online apps available The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has announced another reduction in the number of deer gun licenses available this fall. The department is...
With its abundance of nearby natural amenities, including Lake of the Woods, Rainy River and Beltrami Island State Forest, Lake of the Woods School in Baudette, Minn., is an ideal setting for a student outdoors club. Throw in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which has area fisheries, forestry and wildlife offices in Baudette, and the possibilities for outdoor learning become even more expansive. That's what Jeff Birchem was thinking this winter when he decided to organize an outdoors club for students at the school just west of Baudette on state Highway 11.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 29 inches—Carla Bichler, Shelly, Minn., Devils Lake. • 26 inches—Peyton Livedalen, Rugby, N.D., Devils Lake. Walleye kept 8-pound minimum • 10 pounds, 12 ounces—George Elshaug, Grand Forks, Red River. • 10 pounds—Russell Sunderland, Fargo, Sheyenne River. Crappie kept 1 ½-pound minimum • 1 pound, 11 ounces—Thaddeus Simmons, Dazey, N.D., Devils Lake. Report your big fish tales to Brad Dokken at firstname.lastname@example.org , by phone at (701) 780-1148 or toll-free (800) 477-6
Q. Where do bait shops get our bait? Who provides them with minnows, leeches and nightcrawlers and how do they acquire them? A. Generally, bait comes from a wholesaler, who must be licensed to trap and transport bait, a requirement that holds true in both Minnesota and North Dakota.
A friend fishing the other night at Turtle River State Park west of Grand Forks sent a text to say he pulled four ticks off himself upon his return home. The nasty parasites might have overshadowed the rainbow trout he caught—at least ticks weren't the only thing biting—but the encounter sheds light on the importance of prevention to keep ticks at bay this time of year. As a reader suggested a couple of weeks ago, wearing light-colored clothing, tucking in pant legs and putting the clothes—make sure they have no metal parts—in the microwave and nuking any ticks that m
To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 1148; or by email at email@example.com . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Events • May 24 through July 12: Bog-watcher Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Lake Bemidji State Park. The park's naturalist will be roving the boardwalk to help locate flowers of the bog. Info: John Fylpaa, (218) 308-2300 or John.Fylpaa@state.mn.us . • June 6: Becoming an Outdoors Woman fly fishing workshop, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lake Bemidji State Park.
GEAR CHECKLIST Here's a look at the equipment Grand Forks catfish guide Brad Durick uses on the Red River: • Rods: Rippin Lips Super Cat—medium-action. • Reels: Abu Garcia 6000c. • Line: Ande 30-pound test mono. • Hooks: Rippin Lips 8/0. • Anchor: Cat River Anchor. • Net: Frabill. • Depthfinder: Humminbird Onix 10. • Boat: G3 1966 CCT DLX jon boat. • Motor: 115-horse Yamaha four-stroke. RED RIVER NEAR DRAYTON, N.D.—Brad Durick watched the screen of his Humminbird Onix 10 depthfinder and saw just enough change in the bottom of the river to convince
In Sunday’s outdoors section, I published a trail cam photo sent to me by Brent Hemley, who lives near Plummer, Minn., and owns land where the Department of Natural Resources...