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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Pheasant hunting is on the homestretch in North Dakota and Minnesota— season ends Jan. 3 in each state—but there's still time to bag the main ingredients for this tasty dish...
BEMIDJI—The Department of Natural Resources has completed its three public input meetings on the draft of a new plan for managing elk in northwest Minnesota and will continue to take comments on the proposal through Dec. 27. The draft replaces a five-year plan written in 2009 that expires at the end of the year.
To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148; (800) 477-6572, ext. 1148; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Events • Today: Grand Forks Christmas Bird Count. Meet at 7 a.m. at Northside Cafe. Info: Dave Lambeth, email@example.com . • Today: 21st annual Itasca State Park winter bird count, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Itasca State Park, Minn. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center lobby between 7:30 and 8 a.m. Park entrance is 21 miles north of Park Rapids, Minn., on U.S. Highway 71.
Lake of the Woods The waiting game continues, and much of the south end of the lake remains mostly open—or slushy, at best—with similar conditions along the main channel of...
Herald Outdoors Editor Brad Dokken lands a hefty early ice pike on Devils Lake.
USFWS proposes migratory bird frameworks Duck season barely has ended in Minnesota and continues through Jan. 3 in the High Plains Unit of western North Dakota, but the U.S. Fish...
The beauty of having an outdoors enthusiast on your Christmas list—whether hunting, fishing, camping or other outdoorsy pastime—is that gift-giving options abound. From fishing gear to good books to accessories...
The National Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count—the longest-running wildlife census—begins its 116th year beginning Monday and continuing through Jan. 5. During the count, more than 72,000 volunteers from 2,400-plus...
Q. I'm interested in giving coyote hunting a try this winter. When is the season open, and what do I need in terms of licenses? A. In North Dakota, coyote hunting is open year-round, and firearms, traps, archery equipment and pursuit with dogs are allowed, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department says on its website. The season for cable devices such as snares opened Nov.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is proposing to close Larimore Dam in Grand Forks County and Wood Lake in Benson County to darkhouse spearing beginning next winter as part of an effort to establish muskies in the two lakes. Lakes with muskie populations are closed to darkhouse spearing in North Dakota because of the species' resemblance to northern pike.