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To get an event in the outdoors calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 148 or by email at Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays.


• Sept. 7-10: Devils Lake Walleye School, featuring walleye pros Johnnie Candle and Bruce "Doc" Samson, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake. Cost $695, includes three nights lodging, meals, classroom instruction, on the water training, boat docking, bait and ice. Info:


• Sept. 9: North Dakota Fur Hunters and Trappers Association fall rendezvous, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Larimore Dam Recreation Area. Demonstrations on harvesting and fur handling of different species and trapping equipment; vendors on site, free-will offering lunch and a fundraising auction. Info: Nat Bornsen, (701) 741-0488 or

• Sept. 16-17: Buena Vista Fall Festival, 11 a.m. Buena Vista Ski Area 12 miles north of Bemidji on Beltrami County Road 15. Wagon rides, horses, music, food, crafts, wood carvings, kids activities, chainsaw carvings, blacksmith demonstrations and more. Admission $6 age 13 and older, $3 age 5 to 12, younger than 5 free. Info: (218) 766-9919 or

• Sept. 17: 35th annual Black Powder Turkey Shoot, 2 p.m., Olga, N.D., south edge of town. Muzzleloader rifles with open sights; rain or shine. Info: (701) 549-3648.


• Sept. 14: Bemidji Ducks Unlimited banquet, Hampton Inn and Suites, 1019 Paul Bunyan Drive SE, Bemidji. Tickets available online at Info: Blade Lane, (218) 766-2096; Brian Mustonen, (218) 760-6003; or Scott Anderson, (218) 330-2236.

Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998.  A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

(701) 780-1148