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Banquets, North Dakota Advisory Board meetings upcoming on outdoors calendar

To get an event in the Outdoors 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. Wednesdays.

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To get an event in the Outdoors 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. Wednesdays.



Park vehicle passes are required for all events at North Dakota and Minnesota state parks. Info: mndnr.gov or mndnr.gov .

  • April 17-18: Fertile Conservation Club Bowhunter 3-D Shoot, Fertile (Minn.) Nature Center. Registration from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults $20, youth $10 and younger than 12 no charge. Info: Les Krogstad, (218) 945-6213; www.fertileconservationclub.com .

  • April 21, 28: Youth trapping class, 5 to 8 p.m., Middle River, Minn., community center. Field day set for Saturday, May 1, on Center Creek in Middle River. Info: Dana Klos, (218) 689-7376 or Young’s General Store in Middle River, (218) 222-3513.

  • June 11: Game warden exam, 10 a.m., North Dakota Game and Fish Department headquarters, 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and have a bachelor’s degree at time of hire. For more information, see the district game warden job announcement on the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov .

  • July 10: Halloween in July, Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave. NE, Arvilla, ND. Info: www.parkrec.nd.gov , trsp@nd.gov or (701) 795-3180.

  • Aug. 6-15: Fossil Dig, Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area. Info: www.parkrec.nd.gov , pgsra@nd.gov or (701) 549-2444.

  • Aug. 7: Interpretive program, “Wacky for Water Games,” Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave. NE, Arvilla, N.D. Info: www.parkrec.nd.gov , trsp@nd.gov or (701) 795-3180.

  • Aug. 13: Kids Weekend, Icelandic State Park near Cavalier, ND. Info: www.parkrec.nd.gov , isp@nd.gov or (701) 265-4561.

  • Oct. 16: Fall Luminary Walk, Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave. NE, Arvilla, ND. Info: www.parkrec.nd.gov , trsp@nd.gov #or (701) 795-3180.


  • May 1: Red River Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 31st Annual Big Game Banquet, Alerus Center Ballroom, Grand Forks. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Info: Paul Eslinger, (701) 202-0196.

  • May 7: Lake of the Woods Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society 30th annual conservation banquet, Springsteel Resort, 38004 Beach St., Warroad, Minn. Social hour and raffles 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $65 individual, $95 couple and $35 junior (17 and younger); all include one-year membership in the Ruffed Grouse Society. Info: Jared Olafson, (218) 242-1005; jaredolafson@gmail.com .

  • May 8: Roseau/Lake of the Woods Sportsman Club fish fry and membership drive, 4 to 8 p.m., Warroad Eagles Club-Aerie 4195, Warroad, Minn. Raffles, games, door prizes for members. Single, family and ATVAM (All Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota) memberships available. Meals $15 per person, $8 for 12 and younger.

N.D. Game and Fish Advisory Board

Game and Fish will host its spring public meetings onsite in each of the state’s eight Advisory Board districts. Attendance will be limited to accommodate physical distancing guidelines, and the District 7 meeting, set for 7 p.m. Monday, April 26, in Bismarck, will be live-streamed. Livestream questions can be submitted in advance at ndgflive@nd.gov or via live chat during the meeting.

Meetings are as follows:


  • April 19: District 2 (Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville and Ward counties), 7 p.m., Berthold Sportsmen Club, 214 Main St., Berthold, N.D. Info: Charlie Monson, (701) 226-6546.

  • April 19: District 5 (Cass, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele and Traill counties), 7 p.m., Hankinson American Legion (south side of Lake Elsie), Hankinson, N.D. Info: Wayne Beyer, (701) 642-2811.

  • April 20: District 6 (Barnes, Dickey, Foster, Griggs, Logan, LaMoure, McIntosh, Stutsman and Wells counties), 7 p.m., Kulm City Hall. Info: Dustin Mahin, (701) 830-9919.

  • April 20: District 8 (Adams, Billings, Bowman, Dunn, Golden Valley, Hettinger, Slope and Stark counties) 7 p.m., Van Jones American Legion Post, Rhame, N.D. Info: Rob Brooks, Advisory Board member, Rhame, (701) 279-5896.

  • April 26: District 1 (Divide, McKenzie and Williams counties), 7 p.m., Community Center, Grassy Butte, N.D. Info: Beau Wisness, Advisory Board member, Keene, N.D., (701) 421-8814.

  • April 26: District 7 (Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sheridan and Sioux counties), 7 p.m., Game and Fish Main Office, 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, livestream on the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov . Info: John Bradley, (701) 390-7196.

  • April 27: District 3 (Benson, Cavalier, Eddy, Ramsey, Rolette and Towner counties), 7 p.m., Elks Club, 425 U.S. Highway 2 W., Devils Lake. Info: Edward Dosch, Advisory Board member, Devils Lake, (701) 351-4202.

  • April 27: District 4 (Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina and Walsh counties), 7 p.m., Pekin Rod and Gun Club, 2950 state Highway 1, Pekin, N.D. Info: David Morten, (701) 296-4484.


  • May 15: Fish ‘N’ Fun, Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave. NE, Arvilla, ND. Info: www.parkrec.nd.gov , trsp@nd.gov or (701) 795-3180.

  • June 6: National Trails Day events, Fort Abraham Lincoln, Fort Ransom, Fort Stevenson, Grahams Island, Lake Metigoshe, Lake Sakakawea, Lewis and Clark and Turtle River state parks. Info: www.parkrec.nd.gov .

  • June 19: Fishing seminar with Devils Lake walleye pro Johnnie Candle, Grahams Island State Park. Info: www.parkrec.nd.gov , dlsp@nd.gov or (701) 766-4015.

  • June 24-27: Devils Lake Chamber Walleye Tournament, headquarters at Grahams Island State Park. Info: www.devilslakend.com .

  • June 26-27: Scheels Boundary Battle Catfish Tournament, Red River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Info/registration: www.catsincredibletournament.com .

  • July 31-Aug. 1: Cats Incredible Catfish Tournament, Red River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. LaFave Park in East Grand Forks is tournament headquarters. Info: iafflocal3423@yahoo.com or email www.catfishdrayton.com .

  • Aug. 6-7: Catfish Capital Challenge, Red River in Drayton, ND. Registration began Monday, Feb. 1. Info/registration: www.catfishdrayton.com .

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Brad Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and has been the Grand Forks Herald's outdoors editor since 1998.

Besides his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwest Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage on those topics.

Reach him at bdokken@gfherald.com, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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