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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Lake of the Woods Anglers continue to catch walleyes trolling crankbaits in 30 feet to 34 feet of water about 10 miles out from Lighthouse Gap, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. The scattered schools of walleyes are starting to move closer to shore. Pulling spinners and vertical jigging with a minnow in 12 to 18 feet of water also is producing some nice fish. Offshore reefs are holding walleyes with a few pike thrown in the mix, and smallmouth bass are active on shallow rocks and shoreline structure.
I'm a big fan of Thai food, and Thai tacos made from chicken or fish have become a standard entree on hunting and fishing trips in recent years. I came across a tasty looking variation on that theme recently while browsing through Kris Winkelman's online collection of wild game recipes. Winkelman, who hosts the "Kris' Kitchen" segment on husband Babe's outdoors TV show, posted a recipe for Thai Venison Wraps. With archery deer season now open in North Dakota and other fall seasons on the horizon, this tasty-looking dish would be worth trying out for successful hunters.
Brad Olson spent the afternoon of his 39th birthday in the woods near Grand Forks with his two camo-clad sons, checking trail cameras and deer stands before the North Dakota archery deer season, which opened Friday. Not even swarms of mosquitoes could keep the boys from tromping through the woods with their dad. Carter,10, has been shooting a bow since he was 7 years old and already has two bucks to his credit. Younger brother Jackson, 5, won't be able to hunt for a couple of years, but he loves to fish and will be in the woods with his dad and brother archery hunting.
To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 148 or by email at email@example.com . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Events • Today: "Walk on the Wild Side" hike, 10 a.m., Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. Meet in the CCC shelter. Info: (701) 594-4445 or check out the website at parkrec.nd.gov/parks/trsp/trsp.html.
The long, at times tumultuous saga of the Audubon sanctuary near Warren, Minn., may be coming to an end with news the National Audubon Society has transferred its 40 acres of land to the Middle Snake Tamarac Rivers Watershed District. That puts the property, which includes a house and several outbuildings, under the umbrella of the watershed district along with an adjacent 440 acres.
Pike released 32-inch minimum • 42 inches—John Feldman, Fort Washington, Md., 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. Please include the angler's town of residence and whether the fish was kept or released.
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Tony Dorn Jr. of Thief River Falls shot this bull elk Aug. 29 while archery hunting in Colorado with Western Outdoor Adventures in Meeker Colo. Dorn’s brother-in-law, Buzz Marvin of...
Carter Mosher, a student at Fertile-Beltrami High School, water skis in a ditch near Beltrami, Minn., on Sunday night during/after the storm that hit that area.
Rylie Heisler and her family have endured their share of rough water since the East Grand Forks 19-year-old was diagnosed in October with osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer. Next week, though, any rough water the family encounters will be aboard a deluxe, 44-foot houseboat—complete with hot tub and water slide—cruising Crane Lake and Voyageurs National Park in northeast Minnesota, courtesy of Voyagaire Houseboats and the Minnesota Outdoor Adventure Foundation.