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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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.
Lake Winnipeg in the past 15 years has become the go-to destination for big walleyes in the winter, and the results of a newly released market study paint a powerful picture of the impact recreational fishing has on the region’s economy.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — There was good news last week with the announcement that the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association will continue its Hides for Habitat program this fall. The popular program was in jeopardy after recent news that China was imposing a 25 percent tariff on all imported hides and no longer would allow deer hides to be tanned in the country. The news came too late for tanneries to create new facilities in other countries such as Vietnam.
Fishing guide, outdoors communicator, product promoter and developer, and stage and TV host for the Cabela's National Walleye Tour are just a few of the titles on Chip Leer's resume. He soon will add member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame to the list. Leer, 56, of Walker, Minn., learned in mid-September that he is among the 2019 inductees into the Hayward, Wis.-based Hall of Fame. A fixture in fishing circles across Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, the Minneapolis native recently talked about his career and upcoming Hall of Fame induction.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.—It took some last-minute wrangling, but the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association's popular Hides for Habitat program will go on this fall as scheduled, officials say. That appeared unlikely earlier this week after a recent decision by China, which has tanned the hides in the past, to no longer allow hides to be tanned in the country.