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OUTDOORS CALENDAR: Fishing, hunting, events

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Grand Forks North Dakota 375 2nd Ave. N. 58203

Outdoors calendar

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To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 1148; or by email at bdokken@gfherald.com. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays.

Fishing

  •  Today: 57th annual Knights of Columbus Ice Fishing Derby, 1 to 3 p.m., Thief River Falls. Derby will be at Tindolph Point across from Northland Community and Technical College, Thief River Falls. Cash prizes for fish caught, and cash prize drawing at 3 p.m. Info: Robert Buresh, (218) 681-7204.

Shooting

  •  Wednesday: North Dakota Class II Concealed Weapon Permit instruction and testing, 6 p.m., Masonic Center, Lower Level, 423 Bruce Ave., Grand Forks; 7:30 p.m., Utah instruction and certification. Info: dakotacwp.com.
  •  Feb. 23: Two-for-one Minnesota, Utah, Florida and Arizona Permit to Carry training, 8:30 a.m. Hampton Inn, 2895 S. 42nd St., Grand Forks. Info: Laura, (218) 252-1631; permittocarry.org.
  •  Feb. 23: North Dakota Class II Permit to Carry testing, 3 p.m., Hampton Inn, 2895 S. 42nd St., Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; permittocarry.org.
  •  March 9: Two-for-one Minnesota, Utah, Florida and Arizona Permit to Carry training, 8:30 a.m., Hampton Inn, 2895 S. 42nd St., Grand Forks. Info: Laura, (218) 252-1631; permittocarry.org.
  •  March 9: North Dakota Class II Permit to Carry testing, 3 p.m., Hampton Inn, 2895 S. 42nd St., Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; permittocarry.org.
  •  March 12: North Dakota Class II Concealed Weapon Permit instruction and testing, 6 p.m., Masonic Center, Lower Level, 423 Bruce Ave., Grand Forks; 7:30 p.m., Utah instruction and certification. Info: dakotacwp.com.

Events

  •  Feb. 17: Public meeting on North Dakota deer management, 7 p.m., Lake Region Community College Auditorium, Devils Lake. Game and Fish Department personnel will present an overview of deer populations and prospects and take input on options for changing the way deer licenses are allocated. Info: gf.nd.gov.
  •  Feb. 24: Public meeting on North Dakota deer management, 7 p.m., Fordville (N.D.) Community Center. Game and Fish Department personnel will present an overview of deer populations and prospects and take input on options for changing the way deer licenses are allocated. Info: gf.nd.gov.
  •  Today: “Honor Our Troops Day,” Buena Vista Ski Area north of Bemidji. Reduced rates on lift tickets, tubing tickets and ski and snow board rentals to all military personnel and their families; show current services ID card at ticket sales window. Info: (218) 243-2231 or bvskarea.com
  •  Today: “Beaver Bash” terrain park competition, Buena Vista Ski Area north of Bemidji. Competition begins at 12:30 p.m., with practice time from 11 a.m. to noon. Entry fee $10 per person per class. Info: (218) 243-2231, (800) 777-7958 or bvskiarea.com.
  •  Tuesday: Program, “How to Spot and Photograph Owls,” 6 p.m., Crookston Library. Birding expert Heidi Hughes of the Agassiz Audubon Society will share information on local owls and how to identify them, provide tips on making your yard “owl friendly” and talk about how to take good owl photos with a point-and-shoot camera. Info: Heidi Hughes, (218) 745-5663 or Dennis Jacobs, (218) 281-4522.
  •  Friday: “Sweetheart Ski,” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Turtle River State Park. Healthy “finger foods” and craft activities will be offered in the chalet/warming house for kids while their parents ski. The Ski and Bike Shop of Grand Forks will have skis, boots and poles available onsite to borrow. Pre-registration required; $2 per person, by Feb. 11. Info: Turtle River State Park, (701) 594-4445.
  •  Friday: Candlelight Ski, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Old Mill State Park, Minn. Great Minnesota Ski Pass required. Info: mndnr.gov/skiing.
  •  Saturday: Snowshoe Adventure, 1 to 3 p.m., Big Bog State Park near Waskish, Minn. Meet at the north unit parking lot, where a limited number of snowshoes will be available for free checkout. Info: (218) 647-8592.
  •  Saturday: Candlelight ski, 5 to 8 p.m., Zippel Bay State Park near Williams, Minn. Meet at the residence, located just behind the contact station; local ski  group sponsoring a meal beginning about 5 p.m. Minnesota Ski Pass required for skiers 16 and older but not for snowshoers or hikers. Info: (218) 783-6252 or zippelbay.statepark@state.mn.us.
  •  Saturday: Candlelight ski, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Hayes Lake State Park, Minn. Info: (218) 425-7504.
  •  Feb. 18: Program, “How to Spot and Photograph Owls,” 6 p.m., East Grand Forks Campbell Library. Birding expert Heidi Hughes of the Agassiz Audubon Society will share information on local owls and how to identify them. She also will provide tips on making your yard “owl friendly” and talk about how to take good owl photos with a point-and-shoot camera. Info: Heidi Hughes, (218) 745-5663 or Andrea Scherer, (218) 773-9121.
  •  Feb. 22: Candlelight ski tour/snowshoe walk, 6 to 9 p.m., Lake Bemidji State Park. Minnesota Ski Pass required for skiers 16 and older but not for snowshoers or hikers. Info: (218) 308-2300.
  •  Feb. 22: Antique and vintage snowmobile show, 11 a.m. to noon, Big Bog State Park near Waskish, Minn. Info: (218) 647-8592.
  •  Feb. 22: Minnesota Deer Hunters Association state banquet, Timberlake Lodge, Grand Rapids, Minn. Social hour 4:30 p.m., with dinner and program beginning at 6. Only 350 tickets available. Info: (800) 450-DEER or bri@mndeerhunters.com.
  •  March 1: Bemidji snowmobile ride, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lake Bemidji State Park. State trail sticker required for all snowmobiles operating on state or Grant-in-Aid trails. Info: (218) 308-2300.
  •  March 7-9: Minnesota Deer Classic, Schwan Center, Blaine, Minn. Certified measurers, demonstrations, seminars, kids’ activities and more. Admission: $10, adults; $7, ages 12 to 17; free, 11 and younger.
  •  March 22: Ski/snowshoe hike, “The Bog in Winter,” 9 a.m. to noon, Lake Bemidji State Park. Round-trip distance about two miles, and snowshoes will be available to check out. Minnesota Ski Pass required for skiers 16 and older but not for snowshoers or hikers. Meet at the park office. Info: (218) 308-2300.
  •  April 12: Red River Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever 140-gun raffle, East Grand Forks American Legion. Walk-around raffles, guns, prints and hunting trips. Info: Brian Nelson, (218) 230-4364.
  •  June 11-15: Potholes and Prairie Birding Festival, Carrington, N.D. Festival highlights include field trips to Arrowwood and Chase Lake national wildlife refuges. Info: birdingdrives.com.
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