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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DNR seeks info on bear dens near Bemidji The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters and others who spend time outdoors this fall to report the locations of...
Q. My buddy caught this small fish (see photo) and a second just like it the other day on the Red River. The fish was 5 or 6 inches long, and at first glance, we thought it was a small goldeye, but the sucker-like mouth ruled out that option. We fish the Red River a fair bit and had never seen this particular fish before our recent excursion. Any idea what the fish is? A.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 30 inches—Richard Bothum, Kennedy, Minn., Lake of the Woods. Muskie released 40-inch minimum • 48 inches—Jeff Lembke, Dallas, Lake of the Woods. • 40 inches—Eric Scheffer, Grand Forks, Lake of the Woods. Report your big fish tales to Brad Dokken at firstname.lastname@example.org , by phone at (701) 780-1148 or toll-free (800) 477-6572 ext. 148, or mail to Brad Dokken, c/o The Grand Forks Herald, 375 Second Ave. N., Box 6008, Grand Forks ND 58206-6008.
Contrary to popular belief, there are times a good thing can be made better. Case in point is the classic minnow-shaped swimming jig. Simple to fish, with a shape representing winter's primary forage, they have been standard fare for decades. Nevertheless, swimming jigs still have their flaws. But rather than go through a list of imperfections of the past, let's introduce you to the attributes Custom Jigs and Spins' new Rotating Power Minnow has to offer.
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North Dakota deer facts • North Dakota hunters shot an estimated 26,300 deer during the 2014 deer gun season, a success rate of 60 percent. • Game and Fish offered 43,275 deer gun licenses this year, the lowest since 1978. By comparison, the department in 2005 offered a record 145,600 deer gun tags. • Mule deer buck hunters last year had a success rate of 82 percent. No mule deer doe licenses were issued in 2014. • Game and Fish issued 932 muzzleloader licenses in 2014, and 814 hunters killed 356 whitetails—171 antlered and 185 antlerless deer.
Misery loves company, as the old saying goes, and hunters who didn’t draw a license for this year’s North Dakota deer gun season have plenty of company. The Game and...
There's reason for optimism going into Minnesota's deer opener, and the 400,000-plus hunters who hit the field for one of the year's biggest outdoors "happenings" should see more deer on the landscape this year, thanks to a milder winter and conservative regulations last year, wildlife managers say. Minnesota's firearms deer season opens Saturday. Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulations program manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, said conservative regulations again this year likely will result in hunters seeing deer they can't shoot. One-deer limits remai
Yikes, where did October go? It's a month that seems to take forever to get here, and then—just like that—it's gone. This year was no exception. Still, October is a month filled with memories for those of us who try to spend every moment of it outdoors.
Lake of the Woods Great fishing continues on the big lake with a jig and an emerald shiner the go-to presentation, Lake of the Woods Tourism said in its weekly...