Drayton catfish tournament, Fosston-Lengby snowmobile club swap meet, 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 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 . Deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesdays.


  • Aug. 12-13: First annual Lengby-Fosston Knightriders Snowmobile Club Swap Meet, Lengby-Fosston Knightriders Clubhouse, 42582 360th Ave. SE, Fosston, Minn. (2 miles east of Fosston on U.S. Highway 2 or 16 miles west of Bagley on Highway 2 and then one-quarter mile south). Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. both days; $5 gate fee, free admission for age 14 and younger. Info: Russ Sultvedt, (218) 766-6282; or Kim Anderson, (218) 232-5353.
  • Aug. 13-14: Fertile Conservation Club Bowhunter 3-D Shoot, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, Agassiz Environmental Learning Center, 400 Summit Ave. SW, Fertile, Minn. Entry fee $20 adults, $10 youth, free for participants age 12 and younger. Info: Les Krogstad, (218) 945-6213, or on the web at
  • Aug. 13: "Know Your Refuge" event, "The Colors of Summer," 1 p.m., White Horse Hill National Game Preserve, 2107 Park Drive, St. Michael, North Dakota, 12 miles south of Devils Lake on state Highway 20/57. Meet at the Visitor Center. Info: (701) 766-7272.
  • Aug. 14: Lake Bemidji State Park Spring Summer Fun Walk, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lake Bemidji State Park. Register by the park picnic shelter any time between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., finish by 3 p.m. Sponsored by North Star Trail Travelers,
  • Aug. 19: Kids Fishing Friday, 9 to 10 a.m., Lake Bemidji State Park. Info: Christa Drake, (218) 308-2300 or by email at
  • Aug. 19: Archery in the Parks, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Lake Bemidji State Park. Info: Christa Drake, (218) 308-2300 or by email at
  • Aug. 20: Kids' Fishing at Ludlow Pond, 10 to 11 a.m., Big Bog State Recreation Area, north of Waskish, Minnesota, on state Highway 72. Info: Christa Drake, (218) 308-2300 or by email at
  • Aug. 22: Public meeting to discuss finding of CWD in Climax area of northwest Minnesota, 6 to 8 p.m., University of Minnesota Crookston Bede Ballroom, 2900 University Ave. Info: .
  • Aug. 22: Public meeting to discuss CWD in North Dakota, 7 p.m., Fargo Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave. S. More info:
  • Aug. 27: Cast Iron Cook-off, 2 to 3 p.m., Lake Bemidji State Park. Learn to cook over an open fire with a Dutch oven. Info: Christa Drake, (218) 308-2300 or by email at
  • Sept. 3: Medicine from the Earth, 1 to 3 p.m., Big Bog State Recreation Area. Learn about the many medicinal plants that grow in the bog. Info: Christa Drake, (218) 308-2300 or by email at
  • Sept. 16: Northwest Angle Buoy Bash, Jerry's Bar and Restaurant, Youngs Bay on Lake of the Woods' Northwest Angle. Paul Menta and his wife, Crystal, of Key West, Florida, are scheduled to be on hand to culminate a fundraising effort for local schools in the northernmost and southernmost communities in the contiguous U.S. united by their buoys.
  • Sept. 16-18: Wild Outdoor Women weekend outdoor learning event, Lake Metigoshe State Park, N.D. Primarily for women age 16 and over, WOW offers the opportunity to learn and improve upon numerous outdoor recreational skills, including canoeing, kayaking, archery, Dutch oven cooking, yoga, guided mountain biking, fly-fishing and more.
    Registration opened Aug. 3 and continues through Aug. 24 or until sessions are full. More info on sessions and rates is available at


  • Aug. 12-13: Catfish Capital Challenge, Red River in Drayton, North Dakota. Fishing hours 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, with a rules meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at Johnny Bravos in downtown Drayton. Entry fee $300 per two-person team. Info: .
  • Aug. 20: Great Planers Trout & Salmon Club 36th Annual Trout & Salmon Derby, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT, Sakakawea State Park, Pick City, N.D. Rules meeting 7 p.m. CDT Aug. 19, Sakakawea State Park main shelter. Entry fee $30 per team. Info: Blair Ihmels, (701) 319-1267.
  • 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:

Shooting Sports

  • Aug. 19-21: Lake Country Mountaineers Black Powder Club 42nd annual rendezvous, Pioneer Grounds near Perham, Minnesota. Info:
  • Sept. 23-25: 49th annual Plainsmen Black Powder club shoot and rendezvous, original Hudson Bay Trading Post site near Georgetown, Minnesota. Directions/info: Mark Roster, president, (701) 799-0980; Dave Zaeski, vice president, (701) 367-6811; or

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 . Webinars also are recorded and available online. Upcoming webinars are as follows:

  • Aug. 10: Hunters as citizen scientists. Learn about two science-based surveys in which hunters contribute data needed to help monitor deer and turkey populations over time.
  • Aug. 17: Clay target shooting for beginners. Sheri Brengman, DNR Becoming an Outdoors Woman program volunteer steering committee member and instructor, will talk about trapshooting basics and other clay target games.
  • Aug. 24: Early goose season. Dave Trauba, DNR wildlife manager, will discuss early season hunting opportunities for geese and provide tips on how and where to bag the birds.
  • Aug. 31: Hunting ammunition options and tips. Kraig Kiger, DNR shooting sports coordinator, will talk about hunting ammo and options for different game, lead alternatives and other tips to consider when buying ammunition.
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, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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