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Chili Bowl walleye tourney, continuing DNR webinar series, coming up 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.


  • Oct. 8: Badlands Conservation Alliance annual meeting and potluck, 1 to 4 p.m., Church of the Cross meeting space, 1004 E. Highland Acres Road, Bismarck. Potluck supper will follow the business meeting, with entertainment provided by Rick Watson, an associate North Dakota Poet Laureate from Minot whose poetry has appeared on the pages of "Wild Badlands" and who recently was a featured guest on "The Great American Folk Show." The public is invited to attend, and guests will be encouraged to become members of the BCA. More info: https://www.badlandsconservationalliance.org.
  • Oct. 8: Partridge (ruffed grouse) Hunt, headquartered at Wilderness Bar and Grill, Williams, Minn. Registration 7:15 a.m., rules meeting 8 a.m., with hunt ending at 4 p.m. Entry fee $60 per two-person team, four-grouse limit, cash prizes for first three teams, social hour until banquet and prizes at 6 p.m. All Minnesota hunting laws apply. Sponsored by Roseau and Lake of the Woods Sportsman Club.
  • Oct. 16: Finley Wildlife Club’s annual Youth Pheasant Hunt, private lands surrounding Finley, N.D. Club will release 400 to 500 pheasants across the area, and the hunt is open at no charge to hunters 18 and younger and adults who bring a youth hunter afield with them. Registration begins before dawn at the Finley American Legion, 600 Lincoln Ave. S. Participants will receive a township map showing where pheasants were released, and a creamed pheasant lunch will be served at noon in the Legion. Hunt is sponsored by Finley Motors and Heartland Chevy dealers. Hunters must follow all North Dakota hunting regulations. Maps and additional information will be available at registration.
  • Oct. 22: Youth Pheasant Hunt, Fordville, N.D., area. The Dakota Prairie Wildlife Club and Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club, both based in Fordville, will release 300 roosters. Maps will be available from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fordville Ambulance Building, 204 Highway 12B N., and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adults are welcome to hunt if they are accompanied by a young hunter. There is no charge to participate, but hunters must follow all North Dakota Game and Fish Department hunting regulations.


  • Oct. 15: 12th annual Chili Bowl Walleye Tournament, Border View Lodge near Baudette, Minn. Entry fee $75 per two-person team; maximum 75 teams. Info: borderviewlodge.com.
  • Nov. 18-20: Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo, National Sports Center, 1700 105th Ave. NE, Blaine, Minn. Show hours 2 to 8 p.m. Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 19 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 20. Info: nscsports.org/hardwaterexpo.
  • Dec. 2-4: St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show, St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. Regular show hours 1 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 3 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4. Info: st.paulicefishingshow.com.
  • Dec. 9-11: Fargo Ice Fishing Show, Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave. S., Fargo. Show hours noon to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 11. Info: fargoicefishingshow.com.

DNR webinars

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is continuing its series of hunting, fishing and outdoor learning webinars this summer. The webinars, which are free, begin at noon Wednesdays, and pre-registration is required at mndnr.gov . Webinars also are recorded and available online. Upcoming webinars are as follows:

  • Oct. 5: "All About the Secretive Fisher." John Erb, wildlife research biologist, and Blane Klemek, DNR Northwest Region wildlife manager, will discuss fisher life history, management and harvest opportunities.
  • Oct. 12: "Pheasant Research: Impacts on Pheasant Populations and Hunting." Tim Lyons, DNR upland game research scientist, will share results from recent pheasant studies.
  • Oct. 19: "CWD and Deer Hunting." Todd Froberg, DNR big game program coordinator, will highlight changes to Minnesota deer hunting permit areas, CWD testing requirements and other info.
  • Oct. 26: "Tundra Swan Migration." Mary Stefanski, Winona district manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will share info on tundra swan migration and life history.
  • Nov. 2: "Preserving Your Harvest." DNR staff will go over some tried-and-true techniques for preserving harvested fish and game.
  • Nov. 9: "Fat Bikes for Winter." Gunnar Carlson from Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists will share opportunities for biking year-round.
  • Nov. 16: "The Art of Wildlife Photography." Gordon Dietzman, retired national park ranger, will share what it takes to become a better nature photographer.
  • Nov. 23: "Minnesota State Park Opportunities." Sara Joy Berhow from DNR Parks and Trails will look at what's happening in Minnesota state parks and how people can get active in enjoying them.
  • Nov. 30: "Fishing for Northern Pike." Bethany Bethke, DNR fisheries research scientist and coordinator of the Northern Pike Technical Committee, will highlight research, harvest regs and tips and techniques for catching pike.
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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