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OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK: DU honors N.D. biologist, DNR plans Red River fisheries survey etc.

DU honors longtime N.D. biologist with conservation award Ducks Unlimited has honored a North Dakota conservationist as one of six recipients of a Wetland Conservation Achievement Award. DU presented the award to Gary Krapu on Friday at the 75th ...

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DU honors longtime N.D. biologist with conservation award

Ducks Unlimited has honored a North Dakota conservationist as one of six recipients of a Wetland Conservation Achievement Award.

DU presented the award to Gary Krapu on Friday at the 75th annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Milwaukee. The awards, which are made in six categories, recognize people who have made outstanding contributions to the restoration and conservation of North America's wetlands and waterfowl.

Krapu, who grew up on a small farm in North Dakota, has spent more than 40 years as a wildlife biologist for the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, N.D.

Krapu also will be presenting this year's Glenn Allen Paur Lecture Series, set for April 8 at UND. His first lecture, "New Approaches to Addressing Wildlife Management Needs Through Research -- A Case Study Involving Sandhill Cranes," is set for noon April 8 in the UND Leonard Hall Lecture Bowl. Krapu's evening presentation, "Exploring Arctic Russia in Search of Two Species of Cranes," is set for 7 to 9 p.m. in Starcher Hall Room 141.

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The lectures are free of charge and open to the public.

The annual lecture series is named for Glenn Allen Paur, a Pisek, N.D., native and UND graduate who drowned while assisting a UND professor with his research on Leech Lake. The family established the Lecture Series and a scholarship in his memory.

-- Herald staff report

DNR plans Red River fish population survey

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources this summer will be conducting an assessment of fish populations along the entire U.S. side of the Red River.

According to Henry Drewes, regional fisheries supervisor for the DNR in Bemidji, the assessment will sample fish using trap nets and trotlines. The DNR conducts the Red River survey once every five years.

The summer survey isn't the only work on tap for the Red. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is coordinating a creel survey along the U.S. portion of the river to sample everything from catch rates and harvest to angler demographics. Three creel clerks have been hired to interview anglers along the river beginning in the next few weeks as soon as water levels subside and fishing gets under way. The creel survey is scheduled to continue through October.

-- Brad Dokken

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Martin wins 4-position rifle championship

Matthew Martin, Landsford, N.D., won the State Four-Position Smallbore Rifle Championship held recently at the Forks Rifle Club's W.G. Coulter Rifle Range. Soren Butler, Casselton, N.D., won the kneeling and position matches. Tom Thompson from Bismarck won the prone and sitting matches. Joe Martin, Emerado, N.D., won the standing match.

In the sectional championship, Soren Butler won the gold medal, Matthew Martin won the silver, and Tom Thompson of won the bronze. The Forks Rifle Club team won the team matches in both championships.

The sectional championship is part of a national competition with matches held throughout the country.

-- Herald staff report

Did you know?

- The Dakota Hunting Club and Kennels will hold its captains' meeting for this year's sporting clays league at 7 p.m. April 20 in the Eagles Crest Grill in Grand Forks. Leagues usually start in mid- to late-May and continue for 10 weeks. Anyone interested in joining a team or starting a team can call Mike Elgin of the Dakota Hunting Club at (701) 775-2074.

- Fargo-Moorhead group River Keepers marked its 20th anniversary Thursday. The group promotes conservation efforts and recreational activities along the Red River. Info: River Keepers, (701) 235-2895.

Related Topics: FISHINGHUNTINGRED RIVER
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