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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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced its deer season frameworks this week, and hunters in some permit areas can expect bag limits that are more liberal than they have been the past couple of years. That's definitely the case in northwest Minnesota, where several additional permit areas this year will be Hunter Choice, meaning hunters can shoot either a buck or a doe with their license. Many of those same permit areas last year offered a limited number of antlerless permits, which were available by lottery only.
NESTOR FALLS, Ont.—Jason Laumb knew he had a big fish at the end of his line, but he didn't know quite how big until the form rose up from the depths about a foot below the surface of the water next to the boat. Picture a log with fins, a massive head and razor sharp teeth, and you'll get the idea. This was a northern pike. No, make that a big northern pike—a real duck eater.
To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 148 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Fishing • Today: Weigh-in and awards ceremony for Cats Incredible Catfish Tournament, 4 p.m., LaFave Park below Cabela's in East Grand Forks.
Antlerless tags remain after N.D. deer lottery North Dakota's deer gun lottery has been held and individual results are available online at the Game and Fish Department's website, gf.nd.gov. More than 1,600 antlerless deer gun licenses remain. Only resident applicants who were unsuccessful in the first lottery can apply for remaining licenses. The first lottery application process—deer gun, muzzleloader, youth and landowner—had more than 102,000 applicants, and more than 51,000 were unsuccessful.
Jack Yem, Grand Forks, caught this 43-inch northern pike July 26 on Devils Lake while fishing with a 5-foot featherweight rod and 4-pound test line. He was using a crawler...
Adam Crary of Grand Forks caught this 33-inch catfish Thursday night, July 28, on the Red River while fishing with local catfish guide Brad Durick.
Hudson Kilgore, 11, Grand Forks, caught this 29¼ -inch, 10-pound, 10-ounce walleye on Lake of the Woods while fishing with his dad, Kelly Kilgore, and fishing buddies Pat Novak and...
Marlene Sauve of Red Lake Falls, Minn., released this 28 ½ -inch walleye on Buffalo Bay on the Manitoba side of Lake of the Woods.
Kellen Johnson, 7, Argyle, Minn., caught this 8-pound, 14-ounce walleye on Devils Lake while fishing with his grandparents and sisters. The big fish measured 29½ inches. Click on the image...
There's still time to enter the Cats Incredible Catfish Tournament, set for Saturday and Sunday on the Red River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. LaFave Park in East Grand Forks is tournament headquarters, and fishing hours are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. A mandatory pre-tournament meeting is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the headquarters site. According to IAFF Local 3423, the East Grand Forks firefighters union that runs the tournament, 78 teams had signed up for the competition as of Monday. The tournament is open to 125 two-person teams.