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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.

Events

Park vehicle passes are required for all events at North Dakota and Minnesota state parks. Vehicle passes are $7 daily and $35 annually in both states.

• Jan. 14: Final day of the Minnesota Monster Buck Classic, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Perham Community Center, 620 Third Ave. SE, Perham, Minn. Info: mnmonsterbuckclassic.com.

• Jan. 20: Lake Region Sportsmen's Club Rifle Raffle and Hunt. Registration from 6 to 8 a.m. at Cenex West in Devils Lake. Entry fee $10 per hunter (rabbit, fox, coyote); includes raffle. Drawing at Ty's Lodge, U.S. Highway 2 East, Devils Lake. Tickets available at Devils Lake Gerrells, Ace Hardware, from any club member or at the hunt registration. Info: Larry Weigel, (701) 351-4090.

• Jan. 20: Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Lake Bronson State Park, Minn. Meet at the Visitor Center, where snacks and refreshments will be available. Info: (218) 754-2200.

• Jan. 20: Candlelight Ski, 6 to 9 p.m., Lake Bemidji State Park. Info: (218) 308-2300.

• Jan. 27: Candlelight Snowshoe, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Hayes Lake State Park, Minn. Meet at the picnic shelter. Info: (218) 425-7504.

• Jan. 27: Lantern lit Snowshoe and Ski Event, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Itasca State Park. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Limited snowshoes available on a first-come, first-served basis. Info: (218) 699-7251 or itasca.statepark@state.mn.us.

• Jan. 27-28: Thief River Falls Gun Show, National Guard Armory, 250 Emil St., Thief River Falls. Show hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 27 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 28. Info: (218) 681-6553.

• Feb. 3: Sixth annual AK Vintage Snowmobile Show, Blue Moose, East Grand Forks. Registration from 8 to 11 a.m., $5 per entry. Silent auction-raffle from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., swap meet from 8 to 4:30 p.m., and an awards presentation at 3:30 p.m. Weather permitting, there'll be a vintage sled run beginning at 12:30 p.m. Info: Al Seydel, (701) 740-7552; Merlyn Werner, (218) 779-6161; or Kyle Kozel, (218) 779-9101.

• Feb. 3: David Johnson Vintage Sno-Cat Spectacular, Pioneer Farm, 2 miles west of Roseau on state Highway 11. Registration starts at 9 a.m., and a Legends ceremony is scheduled for noon, followed by an Arctic Cat vs. Polaris "grudge race" at 1:30 p.m., a parade at 2 p.m. and awards at 3:30 p.m. Info: (218) 244-8092 or rcrowe@wiktel.com.

• Feb. 3: Candlelight Ski/Snowshoe Hike, 5 to 8 p.m., Zippel Bay State Park, Minn. A limited number of skis and snowshoes will be available from the Zippel Bay State Park Friends group. Info: (218) 647-8592.

• Feb. 10: Lovebird Valentines Hike, 1 p.m., Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. Info: Turtle River State Park, (701) 594-4445.

• Feb. 10: Old Time Ice Harvest, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Itasca State Park, Minn. Meet at the Lake Itasca Boat Landing to learn about the old days of harvesting lake ice. Info: (218) 699-7251 or itasca.statepark@state.mn.us.

• Feb. 10: Candlelight Snowshoe, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Hayes Lake State Park, Minn. Meet at the picnic shelter. Info: (218) 425-7504.

• Feb. 10: Candlelight Snowshoe, 6 to 9 p.m., Lake Bemidji State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center, where snowshoes will be available for rent at $6 a pair. Info: (218) 308-2300.

• Feb. 17: Snowshoe Adventure, 1 to 3 p.m., Big Bog State Recreation Area near Waskish, Minn. Meet at the North Unit parking lot. Info: (218) 647-8592.

• Feb. 24: "Fun-bruary" Hike, 2 to 3 p.m., Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. Info: (701) 594-4445.

• Feb. 24: Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe Event, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Lake Bronson State Park, Minn. Meet at the Visitor Center. Info: (218) 754-2200.

• Feb. 24: Lantern-lit Snowshoe Event along the Schoolcraft Trail, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Itasca State Park, Minn. Meet at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center. Info: (218) 699-7251 or itasca.statepark@state.mn.us.

• Feb. 25: Wild Outdoors Women (WOW) Weekend, Lake Metigoshe State Park. Outdoor learning event for women 16 and older who wish to learn or improve on outdoor skills associated with several outdoor recreational activities. Register by Jan. 22 at parkrec.nd.gov; registration fee $20 to $85 per session, depending on the activity. Info: Amy Schimetz, Lake Metigoshe State Park, (701) 263-4515.

• March 3: Northland Fat Bike Rally, Lake Bemidji State Park. This is the only time during the winter that park trails will be open for fat biking. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Visitor Center, followed by a mandatory 10 a.m. meeting and race at 11 a.m. Sponsored by Bemidji Area Mountain Bikers. Info: (218) 308-2300.

• March 24: Equinox Hike, 2 to 3 p.m., Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. Info: (701) 594-4445.

Banquets

• Feb. 3: Red River Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 28th annual big game banquet, Alerus Center Ballroom, Grand Forks. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. Info: Paul Eslinger, (701) 202-0196.

Fishing

• Jan. 27: 34th annual Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department Ice Fishing Tournament, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Six-Mile Bay on Devils Lake. Ticket information: Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department, (701) 662-3913; more than $325,000 in prizes. Additional info: dlvfdicefishingtourney.com.

• Feb. 3: Darkhouse spearfishing workshop, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge office northwest of Minot. Sponsored by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; participants will learn about ice safety, the tradition of darkhouse spearfishing and required gear. In addition, there will be time spent on the ice for spearfishing with a mentor. Registration is limited to 18 participants, with a minimum age of 12. Cost of the workshop is $25, and all equipment is provided. Info/registration: Brian Schaffer, Game and Fish Department education coordinator, (701) 328-6312. Online registration is not available.

• Feb. 10: Ice Buster Daze Fishing Derby and Radar Run, Red Lake River in Crookston. Eagles breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m., ice fishing derby from 1 to 4 p.m. at central Park and Radar Run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: Brian, (218) 281-7762; Ceason Bait and Tackle, (218) 281-6665; or Bobby, (218) 281-3132.

• Feb. 17: Springsteel Resort and Warroad Chamber of Commerce Ice Fishing Derby, noon to 4 p.m., Lake of the Woods near Springsteel north of Warroad, Minn. Tickets: $20 per person, available at local businesses or the day of the derby. More than $30,000 in prizes. Info: https://visitwarroad.com/fishing-tournaments.

Birding

• May 16-19: Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds, various sites in northwest Minnesota near Detroit Lakes, Minn. Tours of Hamden Slough and Tamarac national wildlife refuges are part of this year's 21st annual festival. Noah Stryker, who set a world record in 2015 by seeing 6,042 birds, more than half the birds on earth, whiel traveling 41 countries and all seven continents, will be the festival's keynote speaker. Info: visitdetroitlakes.com.

• June 13-17: Potholes and Prairie Birding Festival, Carrington, N.D. Field trips to Arrowwood and Chase Lake national wildlife refuges are among the festival highlights. Info: birdingdrives.com/Our_Festival.html.

Permit to Carry

• Jan. 28: North Dakota Class I & II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Hampton Inn, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674;permittocarry.org.

• Jan. 28: 2 for 1 Minnesota Permit to Carry training, 11 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info: Laura Ramirez, (218) 252-1631; permittocarry.org.

• Feb. 18: North Dakota Class I & II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Hampton Inn, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; permittocarry.org.

• Feb. 18: 2 for 1 Minnesota Permit to Carry training, 11 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info: Laura Ramirez, (218) 252-1631; permittocarry.org.

• March 3: North Dakota Class I & II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Hampton Inn, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674;permittocarry.org.

• March 3 : 2 for 1 Minnesota Permit to Carry Training, 10 a.m., Hampton Inn, Grand Forks. Info: Laura Ramirez, (218) 252-1631; permittocarry.org.

• March 4: North Dakota Class I & II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Hampton Inn, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; permittocarry.org.

• March 4: 2 for 1 Minnesota Permit to Carry training, 10 a.m., Hampton Inn, Grand Forks. Info: Laura Ramirez, (218) 252-1631; permittocarry.org.

• March 25: North Dakota Class I & II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Hampton Inn, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; permittocarry.org.

• March 25: 2 for 1 Minnesota Permit to Carry training, 11 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info: Laura Ramirez, (218) 252-1631; permittocarry.org.

• April 22: North Dakota Class I & II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Hampton Inn, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; permittocarry.org.

• April 22: 2 for 1 Minnesota Permit to Carry training, 11 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info: Laura Ramirez, (218) 252-1631; permittocarry.org

• May 20: North Dakota Class I & II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Hampton Inn, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; permittocarry.org.

• May 20: 2 for 1 Minnesota Permit to Carry training, 11 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info: Laura Ramirez, (218) 252-1631; permittocarry.org.

• June 24: North Dakota Class I & II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Hampton Inn, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; permittocarry.org.

• June 24: 2 for 1 Minnesota Permit to Carry training, 11 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info: Laura Ramirez, (218) 252-1631; permittocarry.org.

• July 29: North Dakota Class I & II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Hampton Inn, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; permittocarry.org.

• July 29: 2 for 1 Minnesota Permit to Carry training, 11 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info: Laura Ramirez (218) 252-1631; permittocarry.org.

• Aug. 19: North Dakota Class I & II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Hampton Inn, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; permittocarry.org.

• Aug. 19: 2 for 1 Minnesota Permit to Carry training, 11 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info: Laura Ramirez, (218) 252-1631; permittocarry.org.

• Sept. 23: North Dakota Class I & II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Hampton Inn, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; permittocarry.org.

• Sept. 23: 2 for 1 Minnesota Permit to Carry training, 11 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info: Laura Ramirez, (218) 252-1631; permittocarry.org.

• Oct. 21: North Dakota Class I & II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Hampton Inn, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; permittocarry.org.

• Oct. 21: 2 for 1 Minnesota Permit to Carry training, 11 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info: Laura Ramirez, (218) 252-1631; permittocarry.org.

• Nov. 18: North Dakota Class I & II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Hampton Inn, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; permittocarry.org.

• Nov. 18: 2 for 1 Minnesota Permit to Carry training, 11 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info: Laura Ramirez, (218) 252-1631; permittocarry.org.

• Dec. 16: North Dakota Class I & II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Hampton Inn, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; permittocarry.org.

• Dec. 16: 2 for 1 Minnesota Permit to Carry training, 11 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info: Laura Ramirez, (218) 252-1631; permittocarry.org.

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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