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OUTDOORS CALENDAR

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

N.D. Game and Fish Advisory Board

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department hosts these meetings twice a year in each of the state's eight advisory board districts. Department personnel will be on hand to discuss hunting and fishing issues and answer questions.

• Nov. 28: District 4 (Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina and Walsh counties), 7 p.m., Red River Archers indoor archery range, 2001 N. 42nd. St., Grand Forks. Red River Archers is host. Info: Advisory board member Joe Solseng, (701) 317-5009.

• Nov. 28: District 3 (Benson, Cavalier, Eddy, Ramsey, Rolette and Towner counties), 7 p.m., Lake Region State College, 1801 College Drive N., Devils Lake. Lake Region Pheasants Forever is host: Info: Advisory board member Tom Rost, Devils Lake, (701) 662-8620.

• Dec. 4: District 5 (Cass, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele and Traill counties), 7 p.m., Community Center, 299 Fourth Ave., Cogswell, N.D. Cogswell Gun Club is host. Info: Advisory board member Duane Hanson, West Fargo, (701) 367-4249.

Events

• Dec. 2: Moonlight hike with the Trail Trekkers Hiking Club, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. Hike begins at 5 p.m. at the Chalet parking lot. Info: Turtle River State Park, (701) 594-4445.

• Dec. 9: Wreath-making 101, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. (two sessions), Lake Bemidji State Park. Learn how to make an evergreen wreath. Balsam, pine and cedar boughs, wreath forms, wire and red ribbon will be supplied. Materials fee is $8.50, and there's a maximum of 20 people per session. A vehicle permit ($7 daily or $35 annual) also is required to enter the park. Register by Nov. 27 by calling (218) 308-2300.

• Dec. 16: "Break Away from the Holidays" hike, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. Hikers will depart from the Woodland Lodge at 10 a.m. Leashed pets welcome; vehicle passes required. Info: Turtle River State Park, (701) 594-4445.

• Dec. 18: 22nd annual Itasca State Park Winter Bird Count, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Itasca State Park. Meet between 7:30 and 8 a.m. in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Lobby for assignment of count areas. Dress for the weather. Info: (218) 699-7251.

• Dec. 30: Candlelight ski/snowshoe hike, 5 to 8 p.m., Zippel Bay State Park on Lake of the Woods north of Williams, Minn. No cost, but a Minnesota State Parks vehicle permit ($7 daily, $35 annually) is required to enter the park. Info: (218) 647-8592.

• Jan. 12-14: Minnesota Monster Buck Classic, Perham Community Center, 620 Third Ave. SE, Perham, Minn. Show hours 1 to 9 p.m. Jan. 12, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 13 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 14. Info: mnmonsterbuckclassic.com.

• Jan. 13: Winter Festival, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chalet, Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. Events on tap include snowball target challenge, sledding challenge, snowman building and more. Info: Turtle River State Park, (701) 594-4445.

Fishing

• Dec. 1-3: St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show, St. Paul River Centre, 175 Kellogg Boulevard W., St. Paul. Show hours 1 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3.

• Jan. 5-7: Fifth Annual North American Ice Fishing Circuit North Dakota State Qualifier, Lake Metigoshe near Bottineau, N.D. The tournament is set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, with weigh-in at 2 p.m. at the Bottineau Armory. Events preceding the tournament include a fishing seminar from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 in the Bottineau Armory and a Kids' Ice Camp beginning at noon Saturday, Jan. 6 at Lake Metigoshe State Park. Info: Jack Baker, (612) 308-4858 or jbakersports@hotmail.com.

Brad Dokken

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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