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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Authorities are seeking information on a large bull elk that was shot and left last week in eastern Marshall County north of Grygla, Minn. According to 1st Lt. Pat Znajda, District 1 enforcement supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the elk was reported Thursday and appeared to have been shot sometime in the past 24 hours. The elk was found in a green field, Znajda said. The elk is part of the Grygla herd, and the DNR didn't offer a hunting season in the area this year because the population is below management goals.
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Brad Penas had never hunted elk and had never seen one in the part of northwest Minnesota where he hunts deer. So, when Penas, 45, of Moorhead, received notification this summer that he'd drawn one of the only two elk tags in the Caribou area of northeast Kittson County, he knew a challenge awaited him. "It's really odd," said Penas, a Greenbush, Minn., native who heads the investigative division for the Moorhead Police Department. "I've spent a lot of time up there.
Grand Forks catfish guide Brad Durick recently released "Cracking the Channel Catfish Code," his first self-published book, which digs deeper than other books into the habits of these hard-fighting fish that inhabit the Red River. In this Q&A with Herald outdoors writer Brad Dokken, Durick talks about how the book came about and what readers can expect. Here's an edited transcript of that exchange. Q.
NAWCA grants aid prairie projects Three prairie projects in western Minnesota and the eastern Dakotas stand to benefit from a series of grants announced last week through the North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA). Phase 4 of the Prairies Without Borders project received a $1 million grant, along with $1.029 million in matching funds, to protect 1,987 acres of grasslands through easements and land purchases and support sustainable grassland ranching. The project covers 51 counties in Minnesota, 23 counties in eastern South Dakota and nine counties in North Dakota.
Theater and the outdoors don't often merge in my world, especially when the subjects are hunting and fishing. I've seen it happen twice this year, though, with great results both times. The first was this past spring, when I attended a show at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis called "Nice Fish." Set on a frozen lake, the show focused on the exploits of two ice fishermen on the last day of fishing season ruminating about life and its complexities. The show provided laughs aplenty, and you could almost feel the chill of the icy-looking stage. The most recent example is happening at the Fir
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. Shooting • Today: 31st annual black powder turkey shoot, 2 p.m., Olga, N.D. Muzzleloading rifles with open sights only, and event goes on rain or shine at the south edge of town. Proceeds benefit the preservation of the Olga church. Info: Art, (701) 549-3648. • Oct.
The Department of Natural Resources this week predicted a "brilliant" fall color season in Minnesota, and one of the first opportunities for an up-close look at those colors is set for Saturday and Sept. 22, when Buena Vista Ski Area hosts its annual Fall Color Wagon Rides. The Go and Whoa Harness Club will provide wagon rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 22. Buena Vista Ski Area is located 12 miles north of Bemidji on Beltrami County Road 15. As part of the event, visitors will be able to check out the area's fall colors on horse-drawn covered wagons.
The low water conditions that plagued access for duck hunters in northwest Minnesota last fall are much improved, and reaching that favorite hunting spot by duck boat should be much easier this year. Minnesota's regular waterfowl season opens Saturday. "Conditions are pretty good right now," said Joel Huener, manager of Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area near Middle River, Minn.
In a year of fewer deer, grouse and pheasants, waterfowl look to be the bright spot on the horizon for North Dakota hunters this fall. The state's waterfowl season opens Saturday for residents and Sept. 28 for out-of-state hunters. Nowhere, perhaps, is the outlook more favorable than the Devils Lake region, where ample water conditions contributed to a year of good to excellent duck production, officials say.