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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Here's a look at waterfowl regulations for North Dakota and Minnesota. North Dakota • North Dakota's waterfowl season opens Saturday for residents and Oct. 1 for nonresidents. • Hunters may take six ducks per day with the following restrictions: five mallards of which two may be hens, three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two pintails and two canvasbacks. • Hunters can take an additional two blue-winged teal from Saturday's opener through Oct. 9. • Shooting hours for ducks are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
SELKIRK, Man.—Early September catfishing on the Manitoba side of the Red River has become a pre-fall tradition in recent years, and last weekend's annual trip north didn't disappoint. True to form, the catfish were big—the heaviest tipped the scales at more than 28 pounds—and they were abundant. During the course of two, six-hour days Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, three of us brought 87 catfish to the boat. I say "to the boat" as opposed to "in the boat" because we released all but a couple of the very largest fish at boatside without weighing or measuring.
It's too soon to say for sure, but the rainy summer of 2016 might be setting the stage for spectacular fall colors across Minnesota and forested areas of North Dakota, experts say. Val Cervenka, Forest Health Program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in St. Paul, said the far southwest corner of the state is the only place where conditions are too dry.
Here are some of the most recent photos of area anglers and hunters with their trophies that have been added to the Herald's Trophy Room online gallery of hunting and fishing pictures. We'd like to add your hunting or fishing photos to the collection. It's easy! Just email photos and information to Brad Dokken at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
Lake of the Woods Walleyes are on the move, and good numbers of fish are showing up on the south shore, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. Jigging with a shiner or drifting a spinner with a crawler both are producing walleyes, as is trolling crankbaits in 32 to 34 feet of water. The water temperature is 65 degrees, and more fish will begin moving toward the south shore and the Rainy River as water temperatures cool.
DNR offers online hunting resources Minnesota’s 2016 ruffed grouse season opens Saturday, and the Department of Natural Resources offers a variety of tools to help hunters find places to hunt...
Donnie Hess of New Town, N.D., caught this 30.25-inch walleye Sept. 9 on Devils Lake. Click on the image to see the full photo.
TURTLE RIVER STATE PARK, N.D.—Marty Egeland had the seventh-graders' attention even before he showed them his collection of antlers and horns. The topic was wildlife and the habitat critters need to survive. "What are the four things an animal needs to survive?" Egeland asked. The students quickly came up with three—food, water and shelter—but the fourth took some hints. The answer was space.
Bryce DuChamp, 13 (left), of Erskine, Minn., shot this bear Sept. 10 while hunting with his dad, Chris, north of Trail, Minn. The bear weighed 520 pounds field dressed, Chris...
Pike released 32-inch minimum • 41 inches—Aaron Lucht, Fargo, Devils Lake. • 34 inches—Gary Hoefs, Grand Forks, Devils Lake. • 32 inches—Josh Herrick, Jamestown, N.D., Devils Lake. Catfish released 30-inch minimum • 37½ and 36½ inches—Jeremy Cochran, Flagstaff, Ariz. (formerly of Grand Forks), Red River. • 37, 36 and 36 inches—Tom Luney, Grand Forks, Red River.