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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Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for Oct. 13: District 1 - Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked waterfowl hunters...
Q. I noticed what seemed like an unusually large group of robins congregating at our place in the country last weekend. Is that a sign winter is on its way? A. One only has to look at the calendar and the fact we’re nearly at the midway point in October to know winter is on its way. But yes, the congregating of robins is another sign.
T his recipe from the late Bob Schranck, a longtime Twin Cities outdoors writer, sportsman and cooking aficionado, appeared in the cookbook, “America’s Favorite Wild Game Recipes.” It has been a favorite on the Saturday night of our annual October grouse hunting gathering since the first time we tried it more than a decade ago.
Bighorn sheep populations in western North Dakota are down from last year, the state Game and Fish Department says. According to Brett Wiedmann, big game biologist for Game and Fish in Dickinson, N.D., the July-August population survey showed a minimum of 287 bighorn sheep, down 4 percent from 2013. The survey tallied 82 rams, 153 ewes and 52 lambs.
The land had been in the Conservation Reserve Program since 1999 — 15 years — thanks to a five-year extension the landowner was able to secure in 2009. Sharp-tailed grouse, which had all but disappeared before the land was accepted into the federal set-aside program, returned to the landscape in the ensuing years and became relatively common, even wandering into the yard on occasion.
Joel Steffan of Bemidji took Best in Show with his 1971 Arctic Cat Puma 634 in a field of 42 vintage sleds at the recent Newfest Vintage Snowmobile Show in Newfolden, Minn. This is the third year of the event, and the Marshall County Driftskippers snowmobile club donated the trophies. Other winners were Scott Otterstetter, Strandquist, Minn., People’s Choice, with his 1973 Gilson; and Beth Seydel, East Grand Forks, Presidents Cup, with her 1973 Polaris TX.
We get enough photos to fill a live well every year from readers who want to show off the fish they catch — or those caught by friends and family — in our online Trophy Room gallery. There’s never enough room to run many of them in print, but here, in no particular order, are 15 favorites we’ve received since last spring.
Too many myths are being circulated about Measure 5, and it’s time to set the record straight, proponents of the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment said Thursday.
These hunters shot their limit of Canada geese Sept. 27, the opening day of Minnesota’s waterfowl season, north of Greenbush, Minn. Pictured are Matt Kush (from left), Steve Truscinski, Alex Truscinski, Mike Truscinski, Jason Blomquist, Rick Sovde and Bella. Also hunting but not pictured is Tanner Pierce, who took the photo.