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North Dakota Game and Fish Advisory Board meeting set for Thursday, Dec. 2, in Grand Forks

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.


  • Dec. 3-5: St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show, St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. Show hours 1 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5. Tickets $12 adult, $5 age 6 to 12, free age 5 and younger. Info:
  • Dec. 10-12: Fargo Ice Fishing Show, Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave. S., Fargo. Info:


  • Dec. 11: David Johnson Vintage Sno-Cat Spectacular, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Roseau Event Center, state Highway 11, Roseau, Minnesota. Held in conjunction with 20th anniversary of Roseau Polaris Experience Center. Info: (218) 244-8092; .

  • Dec. 11: 20th anniversary of Polaris Experience Center celebration, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Polaris Experience Center, 205 Fifth Ave. SW, Roseau, Minnesota. Museum will be open throughout the day, and refreshments and prize drawings will be offered. New Polaris products also will be on display.

N.D. Game and Fish Advisory Board

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is in the middle of its fall series of Advisory Board meetings, which it is mandated to host every spring and fall in each of the state's Advisory Board districts. Remaining meetings are as follows:

  • Nov. 30: District 6 (Barnes, Dickey, Foster, Griggs, Logan, LaMoure, McIntosh, Stutsman and Wells counties), 7 p.m., American Legion, Fred Kelle Post 87, 23 N. Seventh St., Wishek. Wishek Wildlife Club is host. Info: Andy Tunheim, (701) 329-0059; Cody Sand, Ashley, is Advisory Board member.

  • Dec. 1: District 3 (Benson, Cavalier, Eddy, Ramsey, Rolette and Towner counties), 7 p.m., Leeds Community Center, 110 Central Ave. S., Leeds. Leeds Wildlife Club is host. Info: Edward Dosch, Devils Lake, contact and Advisory Board member, (701) 351-4202.

  • Dec. 2: District 4 (Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina and Walsh counties), 7 p.m., UND Memorial Union, 2901 University Ave., Grand Forks. Room number and contact person TBA. UND Chapter of the Wildlife Society is host; Bruce Ellertson, Lakota, is Advisory Board member.

  • Dec. 6: District 7 (Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sheridan and Sioux counties), 7 p.m., Game and Fish Department headquarters, 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck. Bismarck Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is host. Info: Chad Maier, (701) 315-0160; Advisory board member is Dave Nehring, Bismarck.

  • Dec. 7: District 8 (Adams, Billings, Bowman, Dunn, Golden Valley, Hettinger, Slope and Stark counties), 7 p.m., Fire Hall, 13910 64th St. SW, Amidon. Little Missouri Grazing Association is host. Info: Larry Lamborn, (701) 879-6313; Advisory Board member is Rob Brooks, Rhame.


  • Jan. 1: Red River Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever 15-gun raffle, 5 to 8 p.m., Charlie Browns, 414 Gateway Drive, Grand Forks. Tickets $50; need not be present to win. Info: Chapter Facebook page, (218) 230-4364 or

  • Jan. 1: Red River Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever Browning 13-gun raffle, 5 to 8 p.m., Charlie Browns, 414 Gateway Drive, Grand Forks. Tickets $50; need not be present to win. Info: Chapter Facebook page, (218) 230-4364 or

DNR webinars

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is continuing its series of hunting, fishing and outdoor learning webinars through late February. 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:

  • Dec. 1: Great gift ideas for the outdoor enthusiast like snuggling up in a camper cabin, membership to the passport club, or a lifetime of hunting or fishing fun.
  • Dec. 8: Ice safety for outdoors sports, including skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing and snowmobiling.
  • Dec. 15: Fly tying, about the basics of fly tying, the equipment needed and how to tie a simple fly.
  • Dec. 22: Learning to hunt as an adult, for any adult interested in hunting, but unsure where to start, and resources for new adult hunters and tips and tricks for getting out into the woods and fields.
  • Dec. 29: Introduction to trapping furbearers, about what it takes to get started in trapping and some tips and tricks to be more successful.
  • Jan. 5: High school clay target program, about the Minnesota Clay Target Program, including how to register a school program and details on competitions.
  • Jan. 12: Ice angling for panfish, about tips and techniques for catching sunfish, crappie and perch on the ice.
  • Jan. 19: Darkhouse spearing, about the thrill of spearing northern pike through a hole in the ice.
  • Jan. 26: Winter squirrel hunting, about what to consider when hunting squirrels in winter, including tactics, strategies, gear and ways to prepare squirrels for the table.
  • Feb. 9: Introduction to winter camping, about some of the equipment needed, tips and tricks to help campers enjoy the adventure and a few reasons why winter might be the best time to go camping.
  • Feb. 16: Introduction to maple syruping, about tips on collecting sap, boiling the sap and bottling the results.
  • Feb. 23: Archery bowhunting basics, about selecting a hunting compound bow and the bow accessories needed to hunt effectively; a great program for those ready to transition from target archery to archery hunting.


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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