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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Mark and Rick Kieffer have applied for North Dakota bull elk tags for years without being drawn, so last winter, they decided to change their strategy and apply for antlerless elk tags with their dad, Roger. The Grand Forks brothers figured not being able to shoot an elk with antlers would improve the odds of hunting elk in North Dakota with their dad, who's 78.
The heavy snow that has fallen in parts of Minnesota already is causing concerns about the potential for deer mortality. Mark Johnson executive director of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association in Grand Rapids, Minn., said the early onset of winter comes on the heels of two of the lowest deer harvests in several years. "Last winter was a long winter that hurt the deer," Johnson said. "It wasn't a severe winter, just long, and that made it severe. This year, it's already looking like it's going to be a long winter.
There's something about watching a bobber sink that never gets old. I was reminded of that last weekend during a quick trip to Ballard's Resort on Lake of the Woods. As you'll read elsewhere in this section, the walleyes and saugers were cooperating. Ice fishing has come a long ways since I started in the mid-1970s.
BAUDETTE, Minn. -- If ice fishing season had an official opening day, it would look and feel a lot like the morning of Dec. 7 on Lake of the Woods. The temperature was anywhere from 20 below to 34 below zero, depending on which thermometer you wanted to believe, the frozen expanse of Lake of the Woods was blanketed with several inches of snow. ... And the fish were biting. Oh man, were they biting. Nick Anthony had suggested as much the previous evening at Ballard's Resort.
An experiment to see if wild turkeys could survive in northwest Minnesota has worked, and the birds now are providing hunting opportunities that didn't exist just a few years ago. According to Doug Franke, area wildlife supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Thief River Falls, wild turkeys now are doing well from Park Rapids northwest to Red Lake Falls and Thief River Falls. The DNR stopped releasing wild turkeys about five years ago, and northwest Minnesota was among the last places to receive birds, Franke said. "They're not expanding as far outside the release ar
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is planning a series of meetings across the state during the second half of February to hear from hunters about deer hunting, management and related issues. According to Randy Kreil, wildlife chief for Game and Fish in Bismarck, the meetings will be in addition to the Advisory Board meetings the agency is mandated to hold twice a year in each of the state's eight Advisory Board districts. "With our deer herd being at the lowest level in 30 years and with all the habitat loss we're experiencing across the state, there's a real concern about being able
Many of North Dakota's hunter education courses are offered early in the calendar year, and the Game and Fish Department is reminding anyone planning to take a course to sign up now. To register for a course, students need to sign up online on the Game and Fish Department's website, gf.nd.gov. Many classes will be added over the next several weeks, and the rest will be added throughout the year as they are finalized. To register, click the Online Services tab, and "Online Course Enrollment" under the Hunter Education heading. Classes are listed by city and also can be sorted by start date.
Hope Lyberg, 13, Humboldt, Minn., shared this story of a deer hunting trip in northwest Minnesota with her cousin, Ruthie Finney, 11, Lancaster, Minn., and their grandpa, Greg Wilson, also of Lancaster. The girls are home-schooled, with Lyberg in the seventh grade and Finney a sixth-grader. Ruthie Finney, Grandpa Greg Wilson and I headed to the deer stand at 3 p.m. Nov. 10.
Q. I have recently been talked into signing up for a snowshoe 5K this winter. Now I need to go and purchase a set of snowshoes. What do I look for in a snowshoe, and are there any rules for buying them? A. I ran your question by Terry Knudson and Pat White of the Ski and Bike Shop in Grand Forks, and they offered several suggestions. "A lot of it goes by weight," Knudson said.
The beauty of having an outdoors lover on your holiday gift list is the seemingly endless array of products on the market. Whether you're buying for a hunter, angler or birdwatcher, gift ideas abound. And as any outdoors lover knows, there's no such thing as too much gear. I receive dozens of press releases throughout the year trumpeting new products or improvements to longtime standards.