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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There's a new catfish tournament on tap for this summer in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, and the two-day event will allow anglers to fish both sides of Riverside Dam rapids on the Red River. The Scheels Boundary Battle Catfish Tournament is scheduled for June 27-28. According to Brad Durick of Grand Forks, a Coast Guard-licensed catfish guide and avid Red River promoter, the tournament is a local replacement, of sorts, for the Cabela's King Kat tournament. King Kat is a national tournament circuit that made a stop in Grand Forks in 2013. Durick said he and Rob Raymond, East Grand Forks
DNR to conduct winter elk surveys The Department of Natural Resources again this winter is planning to use low-flying helicopters to conduct aerial elk surveys in Kittson County and the Grygla area of northwest Minnesota. According to Doug Franke, area wildlife supervisor for the DNR in Thief River Falls, the surveys will be held sometime between now and the end of March.
Lake of the Woods Fishing is picking up as resorts along the south shore move their houses farther north, anywhere from 8 to 20 miles past Pine Island. According to...
Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for Jan. 5: District 1 - Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored bobcat trapping...
A new law is scheduled to take effect this year in Minnesota that's going to affect everyone -- including nonresidents -- who hauls a boat or other water-related equipment in the state. Beginning July 1, anyone towing a boat in Minnesota will be required to have a trailer decal certifying they have completed an online Aquatic Invasive Species training course.
The nonresident hunter issues that dominated North Dakota's outdoors legislative agenda a decade ago are but a distant memory going into this year's legislative session, which gets underway Tuesday. Instead, the shape and size of the state's Outdoor Heritage Fund stands to be a key issue in what is shaping up to be a quiet session for the outdoors and conservation. Terry Steinwand, director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said there are only a half-dozen pre-filed bills that deal with hunting- and fishing-related policy. "(The session) could be relatively quiet, but I never, e
A law scheduled to take effect July 1 in Minnesota has created a stir in fishing circles, and a new Facebook page seeking the law's repeal already had 2,800 "likes" as of Friday afternoon. As explained in an item at the top of this page (or elsewhere on the website if you're reading online), Minnesota State Statute 86B.13 would require anyone trailering a boat or other water-related equipment in Minnesota to complete an online training course on Aquatic Invasive Species.
SOMEWHERE ON DEVILS LAKE -- Getting to this fishing spot, a shoreline with a proven history of producing walleyes through the ice late in the day, had taken some doing for Mark Bry and the SnoBear tracked vehicle he was driving. Down a ditch. Through a slough.
Resorts along the south shore are beginning to move their fish houses farther north to deeper water, and anglers are finding enough action on walleyes, saugers and perch to accommodate fish fries. Best fishing has been in the mornings and evenings in 34 feet of water over mud bottom areas or 21 to 28 feet from Lighthouse Gap toward Morris Point. Moving west toward Zippel Bay, Long Point and Arnesen's, best fishing is in 26 to 28 feet of water.
Bob Tupa of Grand Forks shot this elk in December near Killdeer, N.D.