Cats Incredible, youth fishing events and ongoing DNR webinars on Outdoors Calendar – Grand Forks Herald

To get an event in the Outdoors calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 1148 or by email at

. Deadline is 5 pm Wednesdays.

  • July 23: “Know Your Refuge” event, “Catch the Wave,” 1 pm, White Horse Hill National Game Preserve, 2107 Park Drive, St. Michael, North Dakota, 12 miles south of Devils Lake on state Highway 20/57. Meet at the Visitor Center. Info: (701) 766-7272.
  • Aug. 13: “Know Your Refuge” event, “The Colors of Summer,” 1 pm, White Horse Hill National Game Preserve, 2107 Park Drive, St. Michael, North Dakota, 12 miles south of Devils Lake on state Highway 20/57. Meet at the Visitor Center. Info: (701) 766-7272.
  • July 16: Pembina Catfish Tournament, Red River near Pembina, North Dakota. Entry fee $100 per boat before June 16 and $125 per boat after that. Minimum of 2 angles per boat, and shore fishing is allowed. More than $5,000 in prizes. Boat launch and registration from 8 to 9:30 am, and fishing will continue until 5 pm; teams must be back at the staging area or boat ramp by 5:30 pm Info: or the Pembina Catfish Tournament Facebook page .
  • July 23: Fifth annual Youth Fishing Day, 9 am to 1 pm, Rydell National Wildlife Refuge near Erskine, Minnesota. Free event is targeted toward anglers 15 and younger. A limited number of rods and reels will be available or youth can bring their own. Fishing within the refuge is only allowed from piers on Tamarac Lake, and shuttles will take participants from the Visitor Center to the lake. A fish-cleaning demonstration and casting seminar and contest also are on tap. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, July 21. To register or for more information, contact Gregg Knutsen, refuge manager, at (218) 686-4329 or; or Bryce DuChamp, Visitor Services intern, at (218) 637-1060 or by email at
  • July 29-30: REEL’M IN high school fishing tournament, Devils Lake. Each two-person student team fishes with a boat captain. To qualify, students must be involved with a fishing club, organization or their school’s fishing team, have fished in a tournament such as the Angler Young Angler series, the Minnesota Fishing Challenge or other charity fund-raising tournaments. Points will be awarded for longest walleyes, white bass, northern pike and perch/crappies. Students on the first-place team each will win $500 scholarships to Lake Region State College in Devils Lake. Second- and third-place teams will be awarded $300 and $200 scholarships, respectively. Rules meeting is July 29, and tournament is July 30; walleye pro, fishing guide and outdoor communicator Johnnie Candle is running the tournament; entry fee $40. More info: ; Or contact Candle at (701) 371-9431 or by email at
  • July 29-31: Cats Incredible Catfish Tournament and Dock Dogs competition, LaFave Park on the Red River in East Grand Forks. Tournament rules meeting at 7 pm July 29, with fishing hours from 7 am to 4 pm July 30 and July 31. Info: , , or by phone at (218) 399 3474.
  • Aug. 12-13: Catfish Capital Challenge, Red River in Drayton, North Dakota. Fishing hours 7 am to 3 pm both days, with a rules meeting at 7 pm Aug. 11 at Johnny Bravos in downtown Drayton. Entry fee $300 per two-person team. Info:
  • Aug. 6-7: Coon ‘N Crockett Muzzleloaders black powder match, East Grand Forks Rod and Gun Club, 12923 480th Ave. NW, East Grand Forks. Registration 8 am to 5 pm Aug. 6 and 9 to 10 am Aug. 7. All events $15 single and $25 family. Info: (701) 922-1813; or; or .
  • Aug. 19-21: Lake Country Mountaineers Black Powder Club 42nd annual rendezvous, Pioneer Grounds near Perham, Minnesota. Info:
  • Sept. 23-25: 49th annual Plainsmen Black Powder club shoot and rendezvous, original Hudson Bay Trading Post site near Georgetown, Minnesota. Directions/info: Mark Roster, president, (701) 799-0980; Dave Zaeski, vice president, (701) 367-6811; or

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is continuing its series of hunting, fishing and outdoor learning webinars this summer. The webinars, which are free, begin at noon Wednesdays, and pre-registration is required at Webinars also are recorded and available online. Upcoming webinars are as follows:

  • July 20: Paddling basics. An expert from the Three Rivers Park District in the Twin Cities will offer an introduction to canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding, along with places to paddle and rent equipment.
  • July 27: Managing your family’s lake shoreline. DNR aquatic plant specialist Shane McBride and fisheries landscape coordinator Heather Baird will cover regulations and best practices for lakeshore management.
  • Aug. 3: New deer hunting regulations: Todd Froberg, big game program coordinator, will offer updates on deer hunting regs, population numbers and new CWD areas.
  • Aug. 10: Hunters as citizen scientists. Learn about two science-based surveys in which hunters contribute data needed to help monitor deer and turkey populations over time.
  • Aug. 17: Clay target shooting for beginners. Sheri Brengman, DNR Becoming an Outdoors Woman program volunteer steering committee member and instructor, will talk about trapshooting basics and other clay target games.
  • Aug. 24: Early goose season. Dave Trauba, DNR wildlife manager, will discuss early season hunting opportunities for geese and provide tips on how and where to bag the birds.
  • Aug. 31: Hunting ammunition options and tips. Kraig Kiger, DNR shooting sports coordinator, will talk about hunting ammo and options for different game, lead alternatives and other tips to consider when buying ammunition.

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