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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AGASSIZ NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Minn. -- The sun was just a dimming red ball on the western horizon when Maggie Anderson stepped out of the truck to hear what she could hear. The sky overhead was clear, a band of wispy clouds ringing the horizon on all sides.
Reservoir updates: Heavy spring runoff that has boosted water levels on Lake Oahe and Lake Sakakawea will be good for fishing in the long run, but the high water conditions could present a challenge for anglers this year, a North Dakota Game and Fish Department official says. According to Greg Power, fisheries chief for Game and Fish in Bismarck, Lake Oahe is up 28 feet from last year, and Lake Sakakawea is 21 feet higher.
Sharpshooters have wrapped up their winter campaign targeting deer in the core area of a bovine tuberculosis outbreak near Skime, Minn., and only one whitetail out of more than 700 sampled has tested positive for the disease. According to Dr. Michelle Carstenson, wildlife health program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, this year's sharpshooting effort wrapped up this past week.
A University of Minnesota graduate student and five wildlife technicians are combing the woodlands of the Red Lake Wildlife Management Area and Beltrami Island State Forest this spring listening and looking for ruffed grouse on their drumming logs. The goal of the project is to learn more about the mix of forest types that hold the highest grouse densities. According to Mike Larson, ruffed grouse research biologist for the Department of Natural Resources in Grand Rapids, Minn., young aspen that spring up after mature forests are logged traditionally provide the best habitat for ruffed grous
Officials from the Department of Natural Resources made a trip to northwestern Minnesota on Wednesday to visit with Kittson County landowners and see first-hand the damage elk are causing in parts of the area. Making the trip were assistant DNR commissioner Laurie Martinson, wildlife management section chief Dennis Simon and regional wildlife supervisor Paul Telander. Also attending was Pat McMullen, Minnesota regional director of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. "It went really well," Simon said Friday.
Late spring. Early opener. That's the scenario facing Minnesota anglers, especially in the north, when the grand quest for the state's most sought-after fish resumes Saturday. Minnesota's walleye season -- without a doubt the state's largest outdoors get-together -- opens two Saturdays before Memorial Day weekend.
Three Minnesota hunters have lost their hunting privileges for 2009 after pleading guilty in Nelson County for exceeding the possession limit of ducks during North Dakota's 2008 hunting season. Dennis Rasset, Annandale, Minn.; Eric Rasset, Southaven, Minn.; and Michael Kronquist, Plymouth, Minn., all received two-year deferred sentences, meaning the duck hunting incidents won't show up on their records if they have no additional violations in the next two years. They also were each ordered to pay $225 in court costs and placed on two years unsupervised probation, court records show. The thr
WARREN, Minn. -- Mike Billington has a knack for working a room, even when it's an auditorium filled with more than 200 junior high and high school students. His stellar cast of feathered stars, birds of prey all of them, has a lot to do with that. An interpretive naturalist at The Raptor Center in St.
The next few weeks offer a couple of truly unique opportunities for tangling with big fish. The first shot is well under way.
Women's sturgeon event: The Department of Natural Resources still has five openings for its Becoming an Outdoors Woman sturgeon fishing event set for Saturday and May 3 on the Rainy River near Baudette, Minn. According to Linda Bylander, BOW coordinator, the event can accommodate as many as 14 women, with two participants and one guide per boat.