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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Lake of the Woods Fishing continues to be steady, with some hog walleyes in excess of 30 inches boated, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports. The south shore is holding numbers of walleyes and saugers from Rocky Point to Morris and Lighthouse gaps. Best action is in 15 to 20 feet of water, and anglers should bring a lot of bait. The abundance of fish bodes well for ice fishing along the south shore once the lake freezes.
David Rynestad of Grand Forks shot this 4x5 mule deer buck Nov. 6 west of Grassy Butte, N.D. Click on the image to see the full photo.
Bob Rynestad of Grand Forks shot this 5x5 mule deer buck Nov. 8 west of Grassy Butte, N.D. Click on the image to see the full photo.
Kevin Wappula, 11, Middle River, Minn., shot this buck -- his first deer -- Nov. 12 southeast of Middle River. He used his Savage .243 to make the 100-yard shot...
It all started 20 years ago Wednesday, the first in a string of eight blizzards that culminated in the Red River Flood of 1997. Blizzard Andy, the storm was called, and it dumped 12 inches of snow on Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Buffeted by 45 mph winds, Andy whipped up a frenzy of white that created near-zero visibility and brought the region to a screeching halt.
Ethan Arntson, 11, of East Grand Forks shot this buck -- his first deer -- outside of East Grand Forks during Minnesota’s firearms deer season. He was using a 12...
Dawson Kvick, 12, of Thief River Falls, shot his first 8-point buck Nov. 12 while hunting south of McIntosh, Minn. According to his dad, Kelly, Dawson made a 150-plus-yard heart...
Kristi Aarvig of Grand Forks shot this buck with a rifle Nov. 13. Click on the image to see the full photo.
LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY, Minn.—A deer camp in the now-defunct town of Carp, Minn., might not be the traditional setting for an afternoon gathering of senior women, but gather they did Thursday afternoon at "Buttercup's Bungalow." Now just a memory southwest of Baudette, Minn., Carp once had a store, gas station and post office. The area is sandwiched between Beltrami Island State Forest to the west and Pine Island State Forest to the east.
MARSHALL COUNTY, Minn.—The Grand Tradition rang in with a bang on the opening day of Minnesota's 2016 firearms deer season. The crew at two of the county's "deer camp Hiltons"—the Thief Lake Hilton in Thief Lake Township and the Moose River Hilton a few miles down the road in Moose River Township—both had bucks hanging on the meat pole by noon. Another successful hunting season was assured. But the tradition at these two hunting camps—and likely at every other camp in the state—goes far deeper than meat on the pole.