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, 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 — They’re calling it “Walleye Wars,” and it’s a fish-off, of sorts, between tourism groups on Devils Lake and Lake of the Woods. Reps from Lake of the Woods Tourism and the Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the event Friday during a Facebook Live presentation from the St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show. The premise: Put one angler in a fish house on Devils Lake and one angler in a fish house on Lake of the Woods for a day and see who can catch the most fish.
Vance Bowersox of Grand Forks (left photo) and his son, Whitney, shot these pheasants during an October hunting trip near Williston, N.D.
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.
Minnesota hunters registered 62,702 deer, of which 36,149 were bucks, during the opening weekend of the state’s firearms deer season, according to preliminary reports from the Department of Natural Resources. That’s down about 14.5 percent from last year’s opener, when hunters registered 73,479 deer and 42,286 bucks during the first two days of season, the DNR said.
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.
GRAND FORKS — During last year's North Dakota pheasant opener, Scott Lindgren of Grand Forks and his hunting partners headed west to hunt an area that produced easy, three-bird limits not that many years ago. "Typically, you'd walk in and make one walk, and you'd shoot your three birds," Lindgren said. Different story last year. "We jumped into one of those pieces on opening morning — we shot one and saw four," he said. "It went from hundreds (of pheasants) to a handful."