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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.

N.D. Game and Fish Advisory Board

• Nov. 27: District 4 (Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina and Walsh counties), 7 p.m., Red River Archers indoor archery range, 2001 N. 42nd. St., Grand Forks. Personnel from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department will be on hand to discuss hunting and fishing issues and answer questions.


• Nov. 18: Program, "Surviving the Winter," 1 to 3 p.m., Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. Learn about how different types of animals beat winter's cold and hit the trails to find some wildlife. Event will wrap up with the building of a shelter to escape the elements. Info: Turtle River State Park, (701) 594-4445.

• Nov. 25: Program, "The Bog Changes," 1 to 2:30 p.m., Lake Bemidji State Park. Visit the bog in the "offseason" to see how this part of the park changes with the approach of winter. Come prepared for the weather, as the trek could be on foot, skis or snowshoes. Info: (218) 308-2300.

• Dec. 2: Moonlight hike with the Trail Trekkers Hiking Club, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. Hike begins at 5 p.m. at the Chalet parking lot. Info: Turtle River State Park, (701) 594-4445.

• Dec. 9: Wreath-making 101, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. (two sessions), Lake Bemidji State Park. Learn how to make an evergreen wreath. Balsam, pine and cedar boughs, wreath forms, wire and red ribbon will be supplied. Materials fee is $8.50, and there's a maximum of 20 people per session. A vehicle permit ($7 daily or $35 annual) also is required to enter the park. Register by Nov. 27 by calling (218) 308-2300.

• Dec. 18: 22nd annual Itasca State Park Winter Bird Count, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Itasca State Park. Meet between 7:30 and 8 a.m. in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Lobby for assignment of count areas. Dress for the weather. Info: (218) 699-7251.

• Dec. 30: Candlelight ski/snowshoe hike, 5 to 8 p.m., Zippel Bay State Park on Lake of the Woods north of Williams, Minn. No cost, but a Minnesota State Parks vehicle permit ($7 daily, $35 annually) is required to enter the park. Info: (218) 647-8592.

• Jan. 12-14: Minnesota Monster Buck Classic, Perham Community Center, 620 Third Ave. SE, Perham, Minn. Show hours 1 to 9 p.m. Jan. 12, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 13 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 14. Info:

• Jan. 13: Winter Festival, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chalet, Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. Events on tap include snowball target challenge, sledding challenge, snowman building and more. Info: Turtle River State Park, (701) 594-4445.


• Nov. 17-19: Sixth annual Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo, National Sports Center, 1750 105th Ave. NE, Blaine, Minn. Show hours 2 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 18 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 19. Admission $10 adults, $7 students 12 to 17 and free for kids 11 and younger.

• Dec. 1-3: St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show, St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 Kellogg Boulevard W., St. Paul. Show hours 1 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3.

• Jan. 5-7: Fifth Annual North American Ice Fishing Circuit North Dakota State Qualifier, Lake Metigoshe near Bottineau, N.D. The tournament is set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, with weigh-in at 2 p.m. at the Bottineau Armory. Events preceding the tournament include a fishing seminar from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 in the Bottineau Armory and a Kids' Ice Camp beginning at noon Saturday, Jan. 6 at Lake Metigoshe State Park. Info: Jack Baker, (612) 308-4858 or

Permit to Carry

• Nov. 18: North Dakota Class I and II Permit to Carry training, noon, Grand Forks Scheels, 2800 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674;

• Nov. 19: 2 for 1 Utah Permit to Carry training, 10 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's, 210 DeMers Ave. NW, East Grand Forks. Info: Laura Ramirez, (218) 252-1631;

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. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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