Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. 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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Shawn Hennings had the kind of fishing adventure few American anglers ever get the chance experience earlier this month, when he fished Russia's Ivankovo Reservoir on the Volga River north of Moscow as a member of the U.S. team competing in the World Predator Fishing Championship. Hennings, 46, of Hillsboro, N.D., and his three USA Predator Team partners—Brett Ericksen of Illinois, Nate Winters of Wisconsin and team captain Ben Blegen of Minnesota—finished 12th out of 13 countries that competed in the Sept. 2-3 event, won by a team from Romania.
Barring a drastic change in weather patterns, dry conditions will play into hunting strategies this fall for duck and goose hunters, especially those who prefer hunting over water. The regular duck and goose seasons open Saturday, Sept. 23 in North Dakota and Minnesota. The first week of North Dakota's season is open to residents only; nonresidents can hunt beginning Sept. 30.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 30 inches—Don Rodgers, West Fargo, Devils Lake. • 28 inches and 25 inches—Austin Bicker, Grand Forks, Devils Lake. White bass kept 3-pound minimum • 3 pounds, 4 ounces—Alan Stieg, Dickinson, N.D., Devils Lake.
The Min-Dak Border Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association needs a boost, preferably in the form of new, young members with enthusiasm to carry on the good work the chapter has done for nearly 30 years. "We're just kind of getting wore out looking for new blood," said Loren Abel, president of the chapter for most of its 27-year history. "We need some new bodies to help out, get a more rejuvenated board and a little more life in the organization."
To get an event in the Outdoors 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 • Sept. 17: 35th annual Black Powder Turkey Shoot, 2 p.m., Olga, N.D., south edge of town. Muzzleloader rifles with open sights; rain or shine. Info: (701) 549-3648.
Makayla Flanagin, 4, of Gilby, N.D., was excited about catching her first fish recently while fishing at McVille Dam near McVille, N.D. The fish was kept.
Colin Flanagin, 8, of Gilby, N.D., caught his first fish recently when he landed this sunfish while fishing at McVille Dam near McVille, N.D. The fish was kept.
Aiden Flanagin, 5, of Gilby, N.D., caught his first fish recently when he landed this sunfish at McVille Dam near McVille, N.D. He kept the fish. Click on the image to see the full photo.
From raging prairie blizzards in Grand Forks to tornadoes in Missouri and 50 below zero in Alaska, Rich Thorpe has weathered Mother Nature's wrath in many forms during his 24-year military career. He now can add hurricanes to the list. Thorpe, 42, his wife, Lisa, and kids Brecken, 10, and Katie 7, were without power Monday afternoon but otherwise fine after Hurricane Irma roared through the Tampa, Fla., area Sunday night.
Several miles of an extensive, multi-use trail system being developed in Beltrami Island State Forest will be available to grouse hunters and others this fall, but additional trail work is on hold until the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources completes a required Environmental Assessment Worksheet. The EAW is required for any new trail longer than 10 miles on DNR lands, said Charlie Tucker, assistant manager of Red Lake Wildlife Management Area at Norris Camp south of Roosevelt, Minn.