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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Chris Davis of Tolna, N.D., shared this story about his 2-year-old son, Cast -- with a name like that, you know he has to be a fisherman -- and a memorable day of fishing father and son enjoyed April 26 on Stump Lake: I took my boy Cast Davis, 2, fishing on Stump Lake last Sunday, April 26. I had hopes that he would catch a fish on his own with his new “Buzz Lightyear” fishing pole he got from “Papa” for Christmas.
Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for April 27: District 1 - Baudette area
Steve Mokerski of Grand Forks caught this 29-inch walleye -- his biggest ever -- on Devils Lake. The fish was kept.
CBP relaxes regs for taking hunting firearms abroad The U.S. Customs and Border Protection will no longer require U.S hunters traveling internationally to obtain an IRS identification number to bring personal weapons on hunting trips outside the country. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced the change Thursday. At a meeting early Wednesday with R. Gil Kerlikowske, U.S.
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Q. A hawk killed a bird with these feathers (see photo) in our backyard in Grand Forks. I was wondering if you could tell what kind of a bird it was. A. As I do with most bird-related questions, I sent a photo of the feathers you provided to Dave Lambeth, local birding expert. Lambeth said the yellow shafts on the feathers lead him to believe the bird killed by the hawk was a northern flicker. Formerly, Lambeth said, the northern flicker was called the yellow-shafted flicker. By either name, it's the flicker species found in Grand Forks.
Now here's an idea I wouldn't have considered for getting ticks out of your clothes after spending time outdoors. Hilary Stoltman—or "H.P.," as he's known to his friends—of Thief River Falls called the other day with a tip for making sure any ticks that might crawl onto your clothes don't survive to bite another day: Nuke 'em. Stoltman, an avid outdoorsman who has a cabin east of Fourtown, Minn., near the border of the Red Lake Indian Reservation, said he wears white coveralls when working outside or traipsing through the woods. The coveralls have a Velcro fly instead of a zipper,
The Palsburg Fire that burned more than 4,500 acres of mostly upland timber last week in Beltrami Island State Forest south of Warroad, Minn., is going to mean big changes for the area's forest and wildlife, managers say. But the changes aren't all bad. "There's going to be some wildlife mortality, but it's a natural process and will also benefit a lot of species that will feed on the new vegetation that grows in," said Charlie Tucker, assistant manager of Red Lake Wildlife Management Area at Norris Camp south of Roosevelt, Minn. That new vegetation, known as "early successional habitat" in
Generally poor fishing this winter along the south shore of Lake of the Woods and a mediocre spring season on the Rainy River wasn't the result of low walleye numbers, a fisheries biologist says. Fishing season on the Minnesota-Ontario border waters closed April 14 and resumes May 9. Tom Heinrich, large lake biologist for the Department of Natural Resources in Baudette, Minn., said spring electrofishing assessments on the Rainy River produced a "really good size distribution" of walleyes. The DNR electrofishes the Rainy River at the Long Sault Rapids near Birchdale, Minn., every spring to s
As an elementary education major who likes to fish, Matt Huot landed the perfect gig for this summer. A junior at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, Huot has a summer internship with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources working as an instructor for the agency's MinnAqua program. MinnAqua is a statewide program aimed at teaching kids and families about fishing, aquatic ecology and conservation. Huot, who will be based in Hutchinson, Minn., is one of six students to land MinnAqua internships this summer. "I just happened to play my cards right, and I've got a pretty good opportu