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OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK: GF students do well in clay target league

GF students do well in clay target league Grand Forks students had a strong showing during their first season in the North Dakota High School Clay Target League. This year's league featured 23 schools from across the state split into four confere...

GF students do well in clay target league Grand Forks students had a strong showing during their first season in the North Dakota High School Clay Target League.

This year’s league featured 23 schools from across the state split into four conferences.

In Conference 3, Red River High School finished first with 6,880 total points, and Central finished second with 6,337 during the five-week spring season. West Fargo was third with 5,685.5 points, Valley City placed fourth with 4,461.5 points and Fargo North was fifth with 2,307 points.

In Conference 1, Grafton finished first and Minto was fifth. Larimore placed third in Conference 2, and Devils Lake placed first in Conference 4.

According to Jim Shulind, vice president of the Grand Forks Gun Club and a coach for the Central shooting squad, Red River and Central had seven shooters in the top 10 for males in the conference and six in the top 10 for females.

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Grand Forks also had 14 students in the top 50 out of 560 shooters in the state, Shulind said.

The state tournament for the North Dakota High School Clay Target League is June 18 at The Shooting Park in Horace, N.D. League officials say 409 student shooters are scheduled to compete.

For more information, go to ndclaytarget.com

-- Brad Dokken

UND offering five archery tags at Forest River site UND again this fall is opening its Forest River (N.D.) Field Station to five archery deer hunters.

In 2013, UND partnered with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department to establish the Forest River station as a wildlife management area. The station is about 35 miles northwest of Grand Forks and includes 160 acres of forest attractive to white-tailed deer.

Deer can have a negative impact on regeneration of native plants and other wildlife if they become overly abundant. UND personnel will monitor deer numbers on the site and adjust hunting opportunities accordingly.

Similar to the past two years, five archery hunters will be selected by lottery to access the Forest River site for the bow season. Selected hunters will have the opportunity to hunt a riparian area without competition from other bow hunters.

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The deadline to apply for the archery lottery is July 18, and successful applicants must buy a regular archery license from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department to shoot a buck. Hunters also must complete a post-season questionnaire about their hunting experience on the UND land.

The archery deer season starts at noon Sept. 2 and closes Jan. 8. To apply, potential hunters should send a letter of interest to Isaac Schlosser, Department of Biology, Deer Permit, Starcher Hall, 10 Cornell St., Stop 9109, Grand Forks ND 58202-9019.

-- Herald staff report

Did you know?

  • The walleye bag limit on Upper Red Lake will increase to four beginning Wednesday, the Department of Natural Resources announced. The limit has been three since the mid-May fishing opener. Anglers can continue to keep one walleye longer than 17 inches in their limit.

  • Failure to wear a personal flotation device is the main reason people lose their lives in water recreation accidents, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department says. In North Dakota, children age 10 and younger must wear a PFD while in boats less than 27 feet long. The law also requires personal watercraft users to wear a life jacket, as well as anyone towed on skis, tubes, boards or other similar devices. Children should wear a PFD while swimming.

  • The Minnesota DNR is seeking volunteers to help monitor loons in Becker, Otter Tail, Aitkin, Crow Wing and Itasca counties. Volunteers observe loons for one morning during the June 24 to July 4 monitoring period. For the past 23 years, hundreds of volunteer observers have helped the DNR gather information about common loon numbers on more than 600 lakes throughout the state. For more information about loons or the loon survey, contact Christine Herwig of the DNR at (218) 308-2641 or christine.herwig@state.mn.us .

  • The Minnesota DNR has named Scott Roemhildt as coordinator of the Walk-In Access and Roadsides for Wildlife programs. Roemhildt has nearly 30 years of experience building bridges between agriculture and conservation. For the past five years, Roemhildt served as the information officer for the DNR’s southern region. Before coming to the DNR, he worked for Pheasants Forever, AgStar Financial and Hubbard Milling Co. He began his career at the University of Minnesota. Info: mndnr.gov/walkin and mndnr.gov/roadsidesforwildlife.  

-- compiled by Brad Dokken

Related Topics: HUNTINGFISHINGRECREATION
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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