Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.

Morken has been with the Echo Press since graduating with a journalism degree from Augustana College (now Augustana University) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 2007. Before that, he grew up in the town of Cottonwood, Minnesota.

Contact him at emorken@echopress.com or by phone at 320-763-1229. Follow him on Twitter @echo_sports.

Languages: English

Neither Lake Ida or Lake Charley northwest of Alexandria are stocked with muskies by the Minnesota DNR, but a connection to Lake Miltona means some of the big fish make their way in. Park Rapids native Tayden George has quite a fish story to tell after landing a muskie near 50 inches long while fishing the channel that connects the two lakes.
In this video from Northland Outdoors, Eric Morken breaks down his setup for hunting out of a saddle and the top three reasons he loves this style of hunting over the hang-on stands he used for so many years.
The final hunt of the season with my daughter, who was the one with a tag for the first time this year, ends with a tom at 12 yards in the decoy.
Alex Letvin says many lakes in his work area are going through a transition with clearing waters and expanded vegetation. It's a change that naturally benefits fish species like northern pike and largemouth bass. What might that look like for walleye on some of these waters going forward?
Freezing temperatures and strong winds were hardly ideal conditions for the first week of the Minnesota spring turkey hunting season, but finding out-of-the-wind locations and hunting mid-day were key during a bow hunt on April 16.
Eric Morken goes into detail on three setups he recently found scouting, and how getting into the woods this time of year makes such a difference during the fall deer season.
Where don't people go on the properties you hunt? Even on a small scale, that's likely where deer are moving during times of high hunting pressure. Eric Morken breaks down two examples from what he observed on hunts during the 2021 archery season.
The Albert family quickly integrated itself into the Alexandria community after moving to the area in the spring of 2021. Now that community is doing everything it can to keep 10-year-old Jack's spirits high as he fights cancer after he was diagnosed with Stage IV Burkitt lymphoma on Jan. 24, 2022.
Four deer in the freezer between two states and some opportunities lost left me with a lot to look back on from the 2021 archery season.
Supplemental feeding of deer, even in northern states like Minnesota, is almost never necessary and often does more harm than good, DNR big game program leader Barb Keller said. Whitetails, one of the most adaptable wildlife species in the country, survive harsh winter conditions by slowing their metabolism, foraging on natural browse and leaning on the fat reserves they stored up through the fall.