It’s official: The peregrine falcon that flew into town last week is Marv, the patriarch of Grand Forks’ peregrine clan the past couple of years. Named after Marv Bossart, a Fargo TV personality who died in 2013, Marv was hatched that same year in Fargo and showed up in Grand Forks to mate the next spring.
Local teams dominated the leader board after the first day of the Cats Incredible Catfish Tournament on the Red River. In first place after Saturday’s competition was the team of Darwin Lunski and Trevor Lunski of Grand Forks, who brought a five-fish limit to the scales weighing 42.68 pounds. Teams could weigh in five fish, with only two longer than 24 inches, and the Lunskis’ two big fish of the day weighed in at 16.91 pounds and 15.82 pounds.
Sharp-tailed grouse numbers in North Dakota again are moving in the right direction after a big drop last year. “Grouse hunting is going to be good this year,” said Aaron Robinson, upland game bird biologist for the Game and Fish Department in Dickinson, N.D. “It’s pretty much across the state we’re seeing increased grouse numbers.” North Dakota’s grouse season opens Saturday.
Retired wildlife chief talks about his career, looming challenges. For Randy Kreil, the decision to retire and the reasons for retiring are intensely personal, but the now-former wildlife chief of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department says it came down to this: Life is short.
If there’s anything more excruciating to a kid than picking blueberries, I can’t imagine what it would be. On this I speak from experience. My grandma, Laura Johnson, lived for picking blueberries and enjoyed it the way I enjoy fishing or traipsing through the woods in the fall hunting ruffed grouse.
Q. I have been reading the articles of how bad this winter has been and how there are programs for feeding the deer in northeast Minnesota. For the songbirds that I feed, should I be changing up their diet from the mixed seed I feed them regularly?
Heidi Hughes took a look at an Internet map of Minnesota snowy owl sightings in late December and was struck by the lack of recent reports. That would quickly change, said Hughes, an avid birder from the Warren, Minn.-based Agassiz Audubon Society.