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. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University.
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It was a beautiful late-summer evening, and we were grilling up some venison brats and sitting down to enjoy a cookout on the deck washed down with a couple of cold Samuel Adams Octoberfests. The arrival of Sam's Octoberfest is an anticipated event on the calendar because it's yet another sign that fall—the most anticipated time of year for many outdoors-lovers—is just around the corner.
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty shot a small buck during the second Minnesota Governor's Deer Opener in 2004, but since then, the Republican governor's hunting success has been more elusive than a Democrat who likes his conservative spending policies. That almost changed Saturday morning.
One of the most anticipated dates on the outdoors calendar rolls around this weekend with the opening of deer season. It won't be long now. Minnesota hunters pull the trigger on another season Saturday morning. The opening of deer season is an event steeped in tradition. In northwestern Minnesota, the spotlight Saturday will be on Thief River Falls, which is host site for this year's seventh annual Minnesota Governor's Deer Opener. Gov.
WARROAD, Minn. -- It's a gray Monday morning, and there's enough wind to put a chop on Lake of the Woods, which stretches toward the horizon in an imposing shade of steely-blue. The chatter on the marine band radio hints the fishing might be better than the catching so far this chilly morning, but that won't be the case everywhere. Not in this boat, at least. Tom Heinrich is out here again, just as he's been every day for the past two weeks. Ditto for Nate Hodgins and Seth Herbst. Windy days, calm days, in-between days, they've been on the water.