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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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.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — Chronic wasting disease is front and center in the minds of deer hunters and conservation groups across the country, and that was apparent Saturday, Feb. 23, during the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association’s annual meeting in Grand Rapids,. MDHA members from across the state voted in favor of several legislative initiatives to help protect Minnesota’s wild deer herd from the brain disease that’s fatal to deer, elk and moose, said Craig Engwall, MDHA executive director.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Learning what fish do in their natural environment long has been a focus of fisheries biologists and science-minded anglers alike, and the findings from an ongoing tagging and telemetry study involving U.S. and Canadian research partners are beginning to shed light on the movements of channel catfish in the Red River Basin.
More than the fishing and snowmobile rides and almost as much as the camaraderie, we'll remember the spectacular orange moon rising over the eastern tip of Garden Island on our recent trip to Lake of the Woods. Perhaps, I thought in that moment, the moon is made of cheese after all.
GRAND FORKS — In his quest for the perfect ice fishing rod, Brandon Greene says he never could find one he liked and that fit just right. So, he built one that did. And hooked a booming side venture in the process. “I built one for myself, then a buddy wanted one, and it just really took off,” Greene said.
GRAND FORKS — On paper, at least, the itinerary looked as if it might be overly ambitious.
Anglers on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River -- including Four-Mile Bay -- will face tighter regulations beginning March 1, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says. The DNR on March 1 will reduce the winter limit on Lake of the Woods from an aggregate of eight walleyes and saugers -- of which no more than four can be walleyes -- to an aggregate limit of six, with only four walleyes allowed.
CAMP GRAFTON, N.D. -- The buck was a dandy -- a “nice 4x4,” as they’d say in the hunting lingo -- and Dennis Heap came within seconds of having it in his sights for an opportunity to pull the trigger Tuesday morning, Nov. 20. Seconds are a long time when it comes to deer hunting, though, and there wasn’t enough time for Heap to get into the right position for a clean shot.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — The number of deer shot by Minnesota hunters after the first nine days of the firearms deer season is down about 9.5 percent from last year, preliminary numbers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources show. According to Erik Thorson, acting big game program manager for the DNR in Park Rapids, Minn., hunters through Sunday, Nov. 11, had registered 132,633 deer, down from 146,537 last year.
GRAND FORKS — Hunters fortunate enough to draw a North Dakota deer gun license won’t lack for opportunities when the season gets underway at noon Friday, Nov. 9. Similar to the past several years, the difficulty in drawing a tag remains the issue for hunters in many parts of the state, a trend that isn’t likely to reverse itself anytime soon.