OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK: Agassiz open for Youth Waterfowl Hunt ... Shooting scores etc.

Youth hunt at Agassiz: The Farmes Pool Unit of Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Minnesota will be open for the first time for Saturday's Youth Waterfowl Hunt. No registration is required.

Youth hunt at Agassiz: The Farmes Pool Unit of Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Minnesota will be open for the first time for Saturday's Youth Waterfowl Hunt. No registration is required.

State regulations apply, with additional refuge regulations as follows:

- No pre-hunt scouting is allowed within the refuge Friday.

- The Farmes Pool unit is the only portion of the refuge open to the youth hunt.

- Only nonmotorized boats may be used on the refuge portion of Farmes Pool.


- A post-hunt check-in is not required, but refuge staff may be in the area to take biological samples from harvested birds.

- Youth hunter registration boxes will be present in the hunting area. Hunters should complete the voluntary information sheet at some point during the day.

- Maps and regulations will be available at registration boxes, kiosks and the refuge headquarters office.

Legal hunting hours for the Youth Waterfowl Hunt on are one-half hour before sunrise to 4 p.m. Agassiz will hold its annual public banding night beginning at 5 p.m., weather permitting.

Info: (218) 449-4115 ext. 211 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

-- Herald staff report

Shooting scores: Here are the top scorers in the 35th annual Red River Special ATA shoot held Aug. 22-23 at the Grand Forks Gun Club.

100 Singles No. 1


Champion: Chad Gerloff, 99.

A Class: Jerry Blanchard, 99.

B Class: Marlin Egeland, 98.

C Class: Ty Hochhalter, 97.

D Class: Leo Locker, 86.

Junior: Doug Darling Jr., 91.

Sub Junior: Eric Zimmerhanzel, 76.

Lady: Carolyn Polkinghorne, 94.


Veteran: Douglas Harrower, 97.

100 Singles No. 2

Champion: Ty Hochhalter, 100.

A Class: Chad Gerloff, 99.

B Class: Vern Rempel, 97.

C Class: Eric Tooker, 95.

D Class: Leo Locker, 92.

Junior: Doug Darling Jr., 85.

Lady: Carolyn Polkinghorne, 96.

Veteran: Ronald Larson, 95.

100 Doubles No. 1

Champion: Dan Campbell, 96.

A Class: Tom Polkinghorne, 96.

B Class: Jerry Blanchard, 96.

C Class: Jon Eiler, 85.

D Class: David Schmidt, 82.

Junior: Doug Darling Jr., 80.

Lady: Carolyn Polkinghorne, 83.

Veteran: Douglas Harrower, 90.

200 Handicap Championship

Champion: Chad Gerloff, 196.

Runner up: John Eiler, 191.

First (19-21.5 yards): Bob Polkinghorne, 189.

First (22-24.5 yards): Jerry Blanchard, 191.

First (25-27 yards): Tom Polkinghorne, 180.

Second (19-21.5 yards): Pat Bosh, 187.

Second (22-24.5 yards): Ty Hochhalter, 191.

Second: (25-27 yards): Steven Bonderud, 179.

100 Doubles No. 2

A Class: Tom Polkinghorne, 99.

B Class: Steven Bonderud, 95.

C Class: John Eiler, 88.

D Class: Gary Hove, 90.

Junior: Ty Hochhalter, 90.

Veteran: Bob Polkinghorne, 95.

-- Herald staff report

Did you know?

- A portion of the North Unit Scenic Drive in Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Watford City, N.D., will be closed three days for roadwork beginning Tuesday. The closure will affect 8½ miles of the roadway between Juniper Campground and Oxbow Overlook. Entrance fees in the North Unit will be suspended while the road is closed. The first 5½ miles of road will remain open, along with the park visitor center, campground, hiking trails and backcountry areas. Info: (701) 842-2333.

- Wetlands conservation passed a major milestone Wednesday when the North American Wetlands Conservation Act surpassed the $1 billion mark in federal grants. In addition to the $1 billion in grants from the federal government, more than $2 billion in matching funds have been put into more than 1,900 projects on the ground -- more than double the federal government's investment in the program.

Related Topics: 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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