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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When you are out on the open water, the last thing you want to think about is something going wrong. If something does happen to your boat when you are on the open water, would you have the tools on board to fix it? Do you know what tools to keep on board for common boat problems? This onboard toolkit might be a bit "over the top," but one can never have enough tools because when problems happen on the water, you need to be prepared. And while a serious breakdown will require a skilled mechanic, there are many minor problems that can be fixed as long as you have the basic tools available.
We’re now five days into our Alaska fishing adventure, and it’s been an adventure in every sense of the word. We’re fishing the Pacific Ocean out of Seward, Alaska. Bob...
Q. I'm planning to make a three-day trip up to the Rainy River to fish sturgeon and walleyes in the next couple of weeks. Which boat ramp would you suggest, and do you have any campground recommendations? A. The Rainy River, which flows out of Rainy Lake and forms the boundary between Minnesota and Ontario on its 85-mile journey to Lake of the Woods, is best known for its spring and fall walleye and sturgeon fishing. The river's a bit of a sleeper in the summer, though, and a mid-July trip sounds like an excellent choice.
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 • Sundays through July 12: Bog-watcher Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Lake Bemidji State Park. The park's naturalist will be roving the boardwalk to help locate flowers of the bog. Info: John Fylpaa, (218) 308-2300 or John.Fylpaa@state.mn.us . • July 16: Blue Goose Day, 5 to 8:30 p.m., Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, N.D.
A reader recently sent a photo of a big pike his son had caught during a fishing trip to northern Manitoba.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released results from their spring surveys of pheasants and grouse this past week, and the results are mostly favorable. In North Dakota, spring pheasant counts are up about 10 percent statewide from last year, the Game and Fish Department said, while the DNR said spring drumming counts of ruffed grouse in Minnesota were unchanged from last year. Here's a closer look at upland game prospects in the two states: North Dakota • Pheasants: Spring counts of crowing roosters were up 10
As a longtime shooting instructor and sporting clays enthusiast, Don Dietrich had been looking for a better way to teach instructors how to teach when he came across a new curriculum about a year ago. That curriculum is called the Controlled Shooting Method—CSM, for short—and it moves the focus away from shooting as a technique- and expert-driven pursuit to shooting as a perception-based form of recreation everyone can enjoy. In other words, helping students figure out what they need to do to shoot successfully. Existing programs for certifying instructors were falling short in
Beth Siverhus hadn't expected to encounter much bird life in the area of an April wildfire that burned more than 4,500 acres in Beltrami Island State Forest. But after spending several days listening and looking for birds in the area and surrounding lands, the Warroad, Minn., birding enthusiast said she was pleasantly surprised. "There were more birds than I expected to see in the burn area," Siverhus said. "I expected it to be lifeless, and there were lots of birds.
Hayes Lake State Park in northwest Minnesota has a new assistant manager, the Department of Natural Resources announced today. Jack Pellinen began his new job June 19 and has been...
The team of Tim Brooks and Dave Clement weighed in a two-day total of 53.2 pounds to win the inaugural Scheels Boundary Battle Catfish Tournament held Saturday and Sunday on the Red River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Brooks and Clement landed $1,160 for winning the tournament. Teams could weigh in three fish each day, and 29 teams fished the tournament.