Brad Dokken is editor of the Herald's Northland Outdoors section and also works as a copy editor and page designer. 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. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University.
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There's something magical about a hunting camp in the north woods, a point that was driven home several times again during this year's deer season. Whether it's a rustic shack pieced together over the years or a deluxe cabin with all of the comforts of home, deer camps offer a tradition the likes of which few other outdoors experiences can match. It's about family, friends, stories, camaraderie and—yes—even the occasional bit of good-natured ribbing. Deer camp is a gathering place with a significance that goes far beyond the shooting of a buck or a doe.
LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY, Minn.—A deer camp in the now-defunct town of Carp, Minn., might not be the traditional setting for an afternoon gathering of senior women, but gather they did Thursday afternoon at "Buttercup's Bungalow." Now just a memory southwest of Baudette, Minn., Carp once had a store, gas station and post office. The area is sandwiched between Beltrami Island State Forest to the west and Pine Island State Forest to the east.
The question has no easy answer, no right or wrong. The question is intensely personal: Why do you hunt? For some, it's the chance to spend time outdoors and experience nature up close and personal. Others say hunting offers an opportunity to get together with friends and family. The kill ultimately factors into the equation somewhere in the mix—that's the essence of hunting, after all—but it's not necessarily at the forefront, and the reasons run deeper than that. No two answers are the same. And that's the way it should be.
FERGUS FALLS —A Fergus Falls man who grows giant pumpkins is hoping to earn a place in the Guinness World Records. Rick Swenson says he plans to launch a giant...
BELTRAMI — A forest fire that broke out Wednesday north of Minnesota’s Hayes Lake State Park in Beltrami Island State Forest was listed as 30 percent contained Thursday afternoon and...
WARROAD — As a bush pilot carrying freight, passengers and mail from Warroad to Minnesota’s Northwest Angle of Lake of the Woods — the northernmost point of the Lower 48...
GRYGLA -- Curt Howe had banked on two elk hunts this fall, stashing money away every paycheck for the past three years to finance a guided trip to Alberta in mid-September and buying a license to join a cousin in Oregon on a November hunting excursion. But he hadn't planned on a third hunt just an hour's drive from home. That all changed in mid-August, when Howe, of Thief River Falls, got a call from his stepson, Travis Mathson, while on a fishing trip to Lake of the Woods. The conversation, as Howe recalls, went something like this: "You're not going to believe what came in the mail today
Biologists for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have confirmed that an animal hit and killed Friday night by a motorist near Bemidji was a mountain lion. Authorities said the driver hit the cat about 10:40 p.m. Friday on the Schoolcraft Bridge near the Carr Lake Road on the south side of Bemidji. Blane Klemek, assistant area wildlife manager for the DNR in Bemidji, said the cat was a young adult female that weighed an estimated 110 pounds.