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OUTDOORS CALENDAR: 31st annual black powder turkey shoot

To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 148; or by email at Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays.


• Saturday: Lake Region State College Second Annual Shoot for a Cure, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Devils Lake Shooting Range. Registration fee $140 per two-person team, includes 50 targets, two boxes of 12 gauge shells, lunch and water; rain or shine; registration begins at noon; pre-register by Aug. 3. Info: Sandi, (701) 662-1683 or email

• Saturday: North Dakota Class II Permit to Carry testing, 8:30 a.m., Aaltos Café, Canad Inns, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674.

• Saturday: Minnesota, Utah, Florida and Arizona Permit to Carry training, 10 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info/registration: Laura Ramirez, (218) 252-1631.

• Sept. 15: 31st annual black powder turkey shoot, 2 p.m., Olga, N.D. Muzzleloading rifles with open sights only, and event goes on rain or shine at the south edge of town. Proceeds benefit the preservation of the Olga church. Info: Art, (701) 549-3648.


• Saturday: Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail tournament, Red River; weigh-in at LaFave Park boat ramp in East Grand Forks. Tournament hours 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with weigh-in at 4 p.m. Entry fee $200 per two-person team with guaranteed $5,000 minimum payback. Info:

• Saturday: Cabela's King Kat Kids Fishing Rodeo, 9 to 11 a.m., LaFave Park boat ramp, East Grand Forks; held in conjunction with the King Cat catfish tournament. Free to all children 12 and younger; must be accompanied by an adult. Registration from 8 to 9 a.m., and participants should bring gear and bait; all participants will receive a prize just for entering. Info:

• Saturday: Thief River Falls Lions Club eighth annual fishing tournament, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thief and Red Lake rivers in Thief River Falls. Entry fee $20 adults, $10 children 12 and younger; $5 extra for registrations after Aug. 11; boat passes are $5 and limited to 75 boats. Info: (218) 681-3102 or download registration form at

• Aug. 18: Red River Valley Catfish Club season ending tournament, Whopper John boat landing, Grand Forks. Info: Rob, (218) 791-3762.

• Aug. 24: Rod and Reel Rally catfish tournament, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hastings Landing Recreation Area, Drayton, N.D. (Note: Rescheduled from July 21.) Entry fee is $50, and entry forms are available at Red River Bait Shop in Drayton and KXPO Radio in Grafton, N.D. Info: (701) 454-6184, or


• Wednesday, Aug. 21 and 28: Red River Archers Hunter Warm-up League, 7 p.m., 2001 N. 42nd St., Grand Forks; $10 per night; shooters will qualify for a free one-year membership to Red River Archers.


• Aug. 31: Lake Region Sportsmen Club Canada goose hunt and raffle. Tickets $20, including raffle, with points award for most Canada geese and bonus points for teams with a youth member on four-person team. Registration 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Flyway Bar, Webster, N.D., with check-in from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 31 at the Ramsey County Event Center, state Highway 19 west, Devils Lake. Info: Larry Weigel, (701) 351-4090; Tom Rost, (701) 350-1424; or Tyler Knutson, (701) 351-5119.


• Thursday: Blackduck (Minn.) Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society banquet, Hillcrest Supper Club, 20250 Teepee Hill Lane, Hines, Minn. Reception hour 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:30. Tickets: $55 individual, $85 couple. Info: Jim Ness, (218) 835-4250.


• Today: Presentation, "Conservation Easement Enforcement," 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., North American Game Warden Museum near Dunseith, N.D.; Tom Zick, J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge. Info:

• Today: Coffee with the naturalist, 9:30 a.m., Turtle River State Park, N.D.

• Today: Learning at the Lakes program, "Explore Your Inner Child: Piles of Smiles," 1:30 p.m., Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, Minn. Info: (218) 687-2229.

• Today: Open house, 1:30 to p.m., Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, Minn. John Loegering of the University of Minnesota-Crookston will give a presentation on birds and how they use their sight. Info: (218) 687-2229.

• Friday-Saturday: "Duties of a North Dakota District Game Warden," 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., North American Game Warden Museum near Dunseith, N.D.; John Tofteland, district game warden. Info:

• Friday: Amphitheater program, "Turtle River State Park History," 8 p.m., Turtle River State Park, N.D.

• Saturday: Dakota Explorers, 9:30 a.m., Visitor Center, Turtle River State Park, N.D.

• Saturday: Block party, 7 p.m., Agassiz picnic area, Turtle River State Park, N.D.

• Saturday: Maah Daah Hey 100 mountain bike race, Dakota Prairie National Grasslands. Event begins at 4 a.m. mountain time. Info: USDA Forest Service office, Medora, N.D., (701) 227-7854.

• Aug. 18: Coffee with the naturalist, 9:30 a.m., amphitheater, Turtle River State Park, N.D.

• Aug. 23-24: North Dakota Fur Hunters and Trappers Association Summer Rendezvous, McVille, N.D. Signs will be posted to location east and south of town; free and open to the public. Events starting at 8 a.m. Aug. 23 include trapping and snaring demos, fur grading, skinning and handling, a shooting competition, auction and door prizes, plus kids' events. Trapping supply dealers, tailgaters and crafters will be present, and lunch will be provided on the grounds. Primitive camping is available on site. Info: Ron Gore, (701) 543-3855.

• Aug. 24-25: "Wildlife Law Enforcement in North Dakota." Pat Lothspeich, outreach biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, will be available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the department's "Report All Poachers" trailer. Info:

• Aug. 31-Sept. 1: Saskatchewan Resource Protection Trailer and demonstration of mechanical mule deer. Saskatchewan conservation officer Gary Provencher will be available intermittently from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the resource trailer. Info:

Outdoor learning

• Saturday: "Archery in the Park," 3 to 5 p.m., Big Bog State Park near Waskish, Minn. Info: (218) 647-8592.

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