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 annual peregrine banding event at the UND Water Tower is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, June 12, below the water tower adjacent to Starcher Hall, located at 10 Cornell St. on the UND campus. Licensed bander and raptor expert Tim Driscoll of Grand Forks, who closely follows the comings and goings of peregrine parents Marv and Terminator, said he's been able to count three peregrine falcon chicks in the nest. Also Monday, Driscoll plans to band peregrine chicks in Crookston at 9 a.m..
Adam Wentz of Mt. Joy, Pa., caught his first northern pike on Saturday, June 3, while fishing Devils Lake. He caught the fish on a jig and soft plastic combo. Click on the image to see the full photo.
OAK HAMMOCK MARSH, Man.—The morning was absolutely miserable—cold, cloudy and windy—and banding birds or getting into the heart of the marsh by canoe wasn't going to be an option. "The wind is quite strong this morning," Jacques Bourgeois wrote in an email. "Can you postpone your visit to tomorrow?" A longtime interpreter and naturalist at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, Bourgeois works in marketing and communications and had hoped to showcase a couple of the center's more popular outdoor offerings—banding birds and canoeing into the marsh.
Muzzleloader hunters in Minnesota will be able to use magnifying scopes on their guns, blaze pink will be allowed for hunters in the field, and anglers and deer hunters will pay a few dollars more for their licenses beginning in 2018 under legislation Gov. Mark Dayton signed Tuesday.
Conservation groups condemn climate decision Conservation groups across the country were quick to condemn President Trump's decision Thursday to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement. Here's a sampling of what they had to say:
Lake of the Woods Memorial Day weekend offered good fishing despite the occasionally blustery weather, Lake of the Woods Tourism reported in its weekly update. Saugers and walleyes of all sizes are hitting jigs and minnows in 18 to 24 feet of water, but pulling spinners is becoming more productive, as well. Anglers fishing midlake reefs have reported the best fishing in 23 to 32 feet of water.
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. Meetings • June 28: Public input meeting on proposed forest trails in Beltrami Island State Forest, 6 to 8 p.m., DNR Forestry Office, 804 Cherne Drive NW, Warroad, Minn. Presentation to begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by time for questions and answers, map review and comments. Info: (651) 259-5279, (218) 308-2372 or email@example.com . Events
Drake Vollrath, 5, Grand Forks, caught this 36-inch muskie while casting a jig from the dock at his family's cabin on Lake of the Woods near Morson, Ont. Helping him hold the big fish is his dad, Brad. "He was pretty excited," Brad Vollrath said. "He got his first walleye on his own the day before off the dock." The muskie was released after a quick photo. Click on the image to see the full photo.
GRAHAMS ISLAND STATE PARK, N.D.—The Visitor Center at Grahams Island State Park used to be hidden in the maintenance shop, an inconspicuous building that wasn't exactly easy to find. Not so anymore. The newly opened Grahams Island State Park Visitor Center is a can't-miss building situated smack-dab in the middle of the 1,122-acre park on Devils Lake. "We're highly visible—we're easy to see, easy to get to, and we can staff it much easier," park manager Henry Duray said.
NARCISSE SNAKE DENS, Man.—The snakes—dozens, perhaps even hundreds—resembled a giant undulating blob of spaghetti as they twisted and rolled in their apparent attempt to scale the side of the rocky pit. Like Medusa—the snake-haired goddess of Greek mythology—brushing her reptilian locks, the mass of red-sided garter snakes would slither a foot or two up the side of the pit before sliding back to the bottom. Over and over they did this, producing a sound similar to white noise as they twisted and slithered at the bottom of the pit.