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. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University.
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Max Konickson, 11, Red Lake Falls, Minn., has been trying since the spring of 2014 to bag his first wild turkey. He came close one year, narrowly missing a tom, but the ultimate goal remained elusive. Until Thursday morning, April 25. Hunting with Cory Loeffler and his dad, Dan Konickson, Max shot a big old tom near St. Hilaire, Minn., and the excitement was obvious. “Finally got one, finally broke the curse,” he said.
Josh Gilbertson of Grand Forks caught and released this 58-inch sturgeon in Four-Mile Bay of Lake of the Woods at the mouth of the Rainy River the weekend of April 20. According to Andy Norman, who submitted the photo, they were fishing with Matt Hendry, a friend who guides out of Flag Island Resort at the Northwest Angle.
Brad Olson of Grand Forks filled his spring North Dakota wild turkey tag on Easter Sunday, April 21, when he bagged this tom near Grand Forks. "I called the big ole tom to within 20 yards," Olson writes. "He was 200 plus yards out with some hens and jakes when we spotted him." Click the image to see the complete photo.
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. Banquets • May 3: Lake of the Woods chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society banquet, Springsteel Resort, 38004 Beach St., Warroad, Minn. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:30. Info: Jared Olafson, (218) 242-1005 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Events
North Dakota's chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers has been on the state's conservation scene for just over a year, and in an effort to boost its growing membership, the public lands advocacy group is holding one of its informal "Pint Night" events this week in Grand Forks.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—The two-year budget Gov. Tim Walz has proposed for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources would maintain and enhance many of the services people have come to expect from the agency, but the quality of those services will suffer if the governor's budget priorities aren't met. That was the message from DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen this week in Thief River Falls during a sit-down chat about the governor's budget proposal. "The budget is not just a numbers game or process; it really is about the outcomes that budget pays for," Strommen said.
Virginia Steinhaus DuBowy says she didn't set out to blaze any trails in the fall of 1973, when she enrolled in UND's Fisheries and Wildlife Biology program, the only female in a class of males.
Billy King noodles for catfish down in Oklahoma, so he's used to pulling creatures from the murky depths, but the first-time ice fisherman didn't know what to think about the silvery behemoth with big scales he pulled from a hole in the ice Saturday night, April 6, on Lake of the Woods near Springsteel north of Warroad, Minn. It didn't look anything like the walleyes, perch, pike and tullibees King and his fishing partners had been catching throughout the day, he recalls.
CLEMENTSON, Minn.—It's a gray, dreary morning, and mist spits through the lingering fog, but that doesn't keep anglers by the hundreds from converging on the Rainy River on this Friday in early April. Vehicle-boat trailer rigs line both sides of the road for several hundred yards from the Vidas Access boat ramp south nearly to Minnesota Highway 11 on the border of Koochiching and Lake of the Woods counties.
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. Banquets • April 20: East Grand Forks Ducks Unlimited Annual Banquet, Eagles Club, 227 10th St. NW, East Grand Forks. Social hour 5 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m.; 40-gun event with more than $30,000 in prizes. Ticket info: (701) 215-2373. • April 27: Red River Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever banquet.