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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Minnesota hunters will have a few more opportunities to shoot an elk this fall near Lancaster, Minn., in Kittson County after winter aerial surveys tallied a population that remains above management goals for the Kittson Central herd. Minnesota has three elk herds: The Kittson Central herd, the “Border Herd” on the Manitoba border in northeast Kittson County and a fledgling herd near Grygla, Minn. Under a rule signed Thursday by Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Sarah Strommen, 27 elk tags will be available this fall, up five from last year.
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 — 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.
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 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.
FORT FRANCES, Ont.—Spend enough time outdoors, and you're going to get bit by bad weather eventually; it's pretty much unavoidable. Such was the case this past week, when I joined two others on a three-day fishing trip to northwestern Ontario. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give the weather a 3 and only because I'm feeling generous. The conditions we endured came as no surprise. The weather forecast in the days leading up to our trip called for clouds, wind, rain and perhaps even snow. The only thing missing was sun.