Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. 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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A great-horned owl found injured and in poor condition last January near International Falls, Minn., was returned to the wild Wednesday afternoon in Beltrami Island State Forest after hitching a ride on the Marvin Windows corporate plane from The Raptor Center in St. Paul to Warroad, Minn. Beth Siverhus, a wildlife rehabilitator from Warroad, said she received the owl Jan.
Group highlights outdoors funding The advocacy group Conservation Minnesota recently marked the five-year anniversary of the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment's passage by highlighting some of the accomplishments brought about by the funds. As part of the amendment, in which Minnesota voters approved a small sales tax increase dedicated to water, wildlife habitat, parks and the arts, one-third of the revenue goes to the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which supports projects that protect, enhance and restore Minnesota's wildlife habitat. The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Coun
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has dropped a proposal to limit deer hunters to one deer license next fall, in part because of an outcry of opposition during the public input process. That means deer hunters in North Dakota will retain the opportunity to apply for rifle and muzzleloader lottery licenses and purchase archery tags over the counter. Game and Fish proposed the one-license restriction last month as a way to spread out hunting opportunities in the face of declining deer populations.
Lake of the Woods Anglers are catching about a 50-50 mix of walleyes and saugers this week, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports; the occasional perch, eelpout and sturgeon are also showing up, as well. Anglers in the Four-Mile Bay, Lighthouse Gap and Pine Island areas are fishing in 18 to 26 feet of water, while 24 to 26 feet during the day and 17 to 20 feet in the afternoon have been the most productive depths in the Graceton Beach, Zippel Bay, Long Point, and Rocky Point areas.
Dale Telle of Warroad, Minn., shot this buck the last Saturday of Minnesota’s rifle season while hunting south of Williams, Minn. The buck had 13 points -- maybe 14 -- said his son, Scott Telle of East Grand Forks, who shared the photo. "I thought I had the family's big buck contest won until Dad stepped up!" said Scott, who shot an 8-pointer the previous weekend.
Rodney Olson, Lake Bronson, Minn., released this 27 1/2-inch walleye Dec. 5 on Lake of the Woods.
ST. PAUL -- Brad Hawthorne of Isle, Minn., is an open-water fishing guide on Lake MIlle Lacs in central Minnesota, but in the winter, he runs "The Otter Train," a guided ice fishing service on Upper Red Lake using Otter portable shelters. Hawthorne, 37, also is on the pro staff of Ice Force, which represents some of the top brands in ice fishing, including Rapala, Otter and MarCum, among others. Herald Outdoors Editor Brad Dokken had a chance to talk ice fishing trends and equipment with Hawthorne at the recent St. Paul Ice Show, where the fishing pro was on hand representing Ice Force.
A Grand Forks man recently took the top prize in the "Picture Yourself in Theodore Roosevelt National Park" photo contest. Dave Bruner won the contest with his scenic photo titled,...