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UND Paur Lecture, Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society annual meeting 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.

Events

  • April 8: Glenn Allen Paur Lecture, 12:20 p.m., UND Memorial Union small ballroom, 2901 University Ave., Grand Forks. Keynote speaker is UND alumnus Steve Williams, president of the Wildlife Management Institute and former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who will speak on "Forty Years in an Evolving Wildlife Profession."
  • April 8: Star Party, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Agassiz Environmental Learning Center, 400 Summit Ave. S.W., Fertile, Minnesota. Jeff Bell, astronomy professor at Northland Community and Technical College, will share tips on star gazing and finding constellations in the night sky. Info: aelcfertile.org/calendar .
  • April 20: Natural Resources Night, 5 to 7 p.m., Agassiz Environmental Learning Center, 400 Summit Ave. S.W., Fertile, Minnesota. Natural resources students from the University of Minnesota-Crookston will share displays and short presentations on a variety of natural resource topics related to the Fertile Sand Hills. Info: aelcfertile.org/calendar .
  • April 23: 49th annual Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society meeting, Minnesota State University Moorhead Regional Science Center, Glyndon, Minnesota. Registration $30 in advance and $35 at the door. For a full listing of events and additional info, check out the Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society website at prairiechickens.org or the society's Facebook page.
  • April 23-24: Fertile Conservation Club 3D Archery Shoot, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Agassiz Environmental Learning Center, 400 Summit Ave. S.W., Fertile, Minnesota. Info: aelcfertile.org/calendar .
  • April 23: Pasque flower hike, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Agassiz Environmental Learning Center, 400 Summit Ave. S.W., Fertile, Minnesota. Wayne Goeken will guide a hike to "Death Valley" on Learning Center grounds to look for pasque flowers. Meet at the trailhead at the top of the hill a quarter-mile west of the Learning Center. Hike is about 1.4 miles with moderate hills. Info: aelcfertile.org/calendar .
  • May 14: Roseau/Lake of the Woods Sportsmans Club fish fry and membership drive, 4 to 8 p.m., Eagles Club, Lake Township near Warroad, Minnesota. Meat raffles, single and family sportsman club memberships available, along with memberships to the All Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota. Meals $18 per person, $10 age 12 and under. Info: Roseau/Lake of the Woods Sportsmans Club Facebook page.
  • May 14: Photography workshop, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., White Horse Hill Visitor Center near Devils Lake. Pre-registration required by May 1; $20 students, $25 Friends of White Horse Hill members, $35 nonmembers or $50 for registration and Friends membership. Sponsored by Friends of White Horse Hill. Info: jill.edinger@gmail.com.
  • June 3-5: Agassiz Environmental Learning Center 30th anniversary celebration, Agassiz Environmental Learning Center, 400 Summit Ave. S.W., Fertile, Minnesota. Info: aelcfertile.org/calendar .

Fishing

  • April 27: Red River Valley Catfish Club signup night, 7 p.m., Up North Pizza Pub, 314 Fourth St. NW, East Grand Forks. Learn more about the Wednesday night catfish league on the Red River and get signed up for the new season that begins Wednesday, May 4. Info: Brad Durick, (701) 739-5808 or facebook.com/rrvcatfish .
  • June 25-26: Scheels Boundary Battle Catfish Tournament, Red River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Limited to 50 two-person teams, the tournament currently is sold out. Teams wishing to get on a waiting list can contact tournament director Brad Durick at (701) 739-5808.
  • July 9: Scheels Catfish Classic, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Red River in Moorhead. Entry fee $120, limited to 50 two-person teams. Info: i29classic.com or tournament director Brad Durick, (701) 739-5808.
  • July 29-30: REEL’M IN high school fishing tournament, Devils Lake. Each two-person student team fishes with a boat captain. To qualify, students must be involved with a fishing club, organization or their school’s fishing team, have fished in a tournament such as the Angler Young Angler series, the Minnesota Fishing Challenge or other charity fund-raising tournaments. Points will be awarded for longest walleyes, white bass, northern pike and perch/crappies. Students on the first-place team each will win $500 scholarships to Lake Region State College in Devils Lake.  Second- and third-place teams will be awarded $300 and $200 scholarships, respectively.  Rules meeting is July 29, and tournament is July 30; walleye pro, fishing guide and outdoor communicator Johnnie Candle is running the tournament; entry fee $40. More info: https://bit.ly/royalreelmin ; or contact Candle at (701) 371-9431 or by email at johnnie@gondtc.com .
  • July 29-31: Cats Incredible Catfish Tournament, Red River, East Grand Forks. LaFave Park is tournament headquarters. Rules meeting 7 p.m. July 29, with fishing from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30 and July 31. Dock Dogs competition also on tap throughout the weekend. Info: catsincredibletournament.com, facebook.com/catsincredible, iafflocal3423@yahoo.com or (218) 399-3474.
  • 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: catfishdrayton.com .

DNR webinars

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is continuing its series of hunting, fishing and outdoor learning webinars this spring. 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:

  • April 6: Watching and hunting for sharp-tailed grouse. Jake Granfors, with Minnesota Pheasants Forever, will talk about the behavior, biology, Minnesota range and habitat needs of sharptails.
  • April 13: Learn about the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program. Linda Bylander, DNR Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program coordinator, and Minnesota Steelheader member Lisa Murphy will share information on the BOW program and upcoming in-person classes for women and families to fish for steelhead trout. Lisa will also share tips on how to fish the north shore of Lake Superior for steelhead trout and where to find more information.
  • April 20: 4-H shooting sports and wildlife program. A look at the program and objectives through the eyes of the youth leaders in the project area.
  • April 27: Minnesota 4-H outdoor adventure program. Webinar will explore the events and programs that are offered and how youth and adult leaders can get involved.
  • May 4: Wild rice management. Webinar will share some of the DNR’s common wild rice management techniques and highlight some success stories.
  • May 11: DNR staff favorite fishing lures. DNR staff members share some of their top-secret lures and how to use them.
  • May 18: Walleye fishing for beginners. Pro angler and bait shop owner Nancy Koep will cover the basics of walleye fishing. She will also provide information on her Become an Outdoors Woman walleye fishing weekend set for July 2022.
  • May 25: Youth fishing leagues. DNR fisheries manager and bass fishing expert Eric Altena will share ideas and resources to help young anglers connect with Minnesota’s increasing number of high school fishing leagues and clubs.
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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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.