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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Amanda Mekash of Thief River Falls shot this 10-point buck at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, in Nereson Township near Roseau, Minn. “He has been on our trail cams and was nicknamed ‘Big Lou,’” Mekash writes.
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Well, so much for fall. It appears we're stuck with winter for the next several months. Like it or not. Complaining about the weather is neither effective nor productive, but I do it a fair bit anyway, as my friends will attest. And if I was to rate the fall of 2018 on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give it a 3—and only because I'm feeling generous.
The future of hunting—and the millions of dollars hunters contribute to conservation and local economies—depends on recruiting young people to the sport. As in previous seasons, several readers this fall shared photos of young hunters having success in the field, and that's great to see. Whether it was deer close to home or an out-of-state hunting trip, some memorable photos of successful young hunters have been submitted for posting to the Herald's online Trophy Room gallery and possible publication in the Sunday Outdoors pages.
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 had registered 132,633 deer, down from 146,537 last year.
A combination deer and turkey hunting trip to western North Dakota turned out well for Bob Rynestad; his son, David Rynestad; and grandson, Wythe Rynestad, all of Grand Forks. “We hunted deer Nov. 9, and Wythe shot a 3x3 mulie (his first deer) -- he is 16,” Bob Rynestad writes. Hunting in Unit 4C west of Grassy Butte, N.D., Bob and David Rynestad also filled their deer and turkey tags.
Wythe Rynestad, 16, Grand Forks, shot this mule deer buck Nov. 9 on his first hunt in Unit 4C of western North Dakota. Click on the image to see the complete photo.
Leif Olafson, 11, of Warroad, Minn., shot this buck during the October youth deer season in northwest Minnesota. He is in the fifth grade at Warroad. Click on the image to see the complete photo.
NEAR BERTHOLD, N.D.—Two long days of hunting and miles of driving, walking and stalking had produced three opportunities for Hannah Laumb to fill her cow moose tag, but in every case, the gangly critters had bolted before she could pull the trigger. Accompanied by her dad, Jason, of Grand Forks, and grandpa, Tom Laumb, of Berthold, Hannah, 16, had seen enough moose to keep things interesting, and there had been plenty of laughs, including a running joke about seeing more "moo cows" than "cow moose."
A few random thoughts as we make the inevitable transition from fall to winter.