Fishing tournaments, shooting sports events coming to the outdoor calendar – Grand Forks Herald
To obtain an event in the Outdoors calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 1148 or by email at
. The deadline is 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
- June 3-5: Agassiz Environmental Learning Center 30th Anniversary Celebration, Agassiz Environmental Learning Center, 400 Summit Ave. SW, Fertile, Minnesota. Info: aelcfertile.org/calendar.
- June 25-26: Scheels Boundary Battle Catfish Tournament, Red River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Limited to 50 two-person teams, the tournament is currently sold out. Teams wishing to join a waitlist can contact Tournament Director Brad Durick at (701) 739-5808.
- July 9th : Scheels Catfish Classic, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Red River to Moorhead. Entry fee $120, limited to 50 two-person teams. Info: i29classic.com or Tournament Director Brad Durick, (701) 739-5808.
- July 16: Pembina Catfish Tournament, Red River near Pembina, North Dakota. Registration fee $100 per boat before June 16 and $125 per boat after. Minimum of 2 anglers per boat, and shore fishing is permitted. Over $5,000 in prizes. Launching and registration of boats from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and fishing will continue until 5 p.m.; teams must be back at the staging area or boat launch by 5:30 p.m. Contact: [email protected] or the Pembina Catfish Tournament Facebook page.
- 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 participated in a tournament such as the Angler Young Angler Series, Minnesota Fishing Challenge, or other charity tournaments. fundraising. Points will be awarded for the longest walleyes, white bass, northern pike and perch/crappies. First-place team students will each win $500 scholarships to Lake Region State College in Devils Lake. Second and third place teams will receive cash prizes of $300 and $200 respectively. The rules meeting is July 29 and the tournament is July 30; Johnnie Candle, walleye pro, fishing guide and outdoor communicator, runs the tournament; entry fee $40. More info: https://bit.ly/royalreelmin; or contact Candle at (701) 371-9431 or by email at [email protected]
- 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 p.m. on July 29, with fishing hours from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 30 and July 31. Info: catsincredibletournament.com, facebook.com/catsincredible, [email protected] or by phone at (218) 399-3474.
- August 12-13: Catfish Capital Challenge, Red River to Drayton, ND. Fishing hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, with a rules meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at Johnny Bravos in downtown Drayton. Registration fee $300 per team of two people. Info: catfishdrayton.com.
- June 10-12: 46th Annual Bemidji Hangfires, 9179 Beltrami Road, Bemidji. For further information: Keith Johnson, (218) 751-9433, (218) 368-7482 or [email protected]
- June 16-17: Bearclaw Muzzleloaders of Northern Minnesota annual meet, Height O’Land Sportsman Club, 15 miles east of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, off Highway 34. Info: Allan Witthoeft, (218) 841-7096 ; or Dale Bellefy, (218) 694-2994.
- June 19-25: 2022 Hautes Plaines Regional Rendezvous, 9179 Beltrami Line Road SW, Bemidji. Info: hprr.org.
- August 6-7: Coon ‘N Crockett Muzzleloaders Black Powder Match, East Grand Forks Rod and Gun Club, 12923 480th Ave. NW, East Grand Forks. For further information: (701) 922-1813; or [email protected]; or egfgunclub.org.
- August 19-21: Lake Country Mountaineers Black Powder Club 42nd Annual Meet, Pioneer Grounds near Perham, Minnesota. Information: [email protected]
- September 23-25: 49th Annual Plainsmen Gunpowder Club shoot and meet, original site of the Hudson’s Bay Trading Post near Georgetown, Minnesota. Directions/info: Mark Roster, president, (701) 799-0980; Dave Zaeski, vice president, (701) 367-6811; or [email protected]
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is continuing its hunting, fishing, and outdoor learning webinar series this summer. The webinars, which are free, start at noon on Wednesday and pre-registration is required at mndnr.gov. The webinars are also recorded and available online. The next webinars are:
- June 1: Muskie management in Minnesota. Fisheries Supervisor TJ Debates will talk about this apex predator and how the DNR manages muskellunges, where the fish live and give tips for catching them.
- June 8: Minnesota-Cuyuna Country Outdoor Playground. Learn about the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area and what it has to offer.
- June 15: Aquatic invasive species. AIS Training Coordinator April Rust will discuss the challenges posed by invasive species and why it is important to prevent their spread.
- June 22: Pick wild foods along the North Shore. Kurt Mead, interpretive naturalist at Tettegouche State Park, will offer tips on foraging, the best time to pick wild berries, and how to identify different edibles.
- June 29: Smallmouth bass fishing in the river. DNR Fisheries Supervisor Eric Altena will discuss where smallmouths hang out in the rivers, why people like to chase smallmouths, and how to catch more.
- July 6: Alternatives to lead fishing tackle. Kelly Amoth and Steven Yang, coordinators of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s “Get the Lead Out” program, will talk about the danger lead poses to loons and other wildlife and discuss lead-free alternatives and success stories.
- July 13: How to harvest wild rice. Nicholas Snavely, MNR Assistant Wildlife Manager in Sauk Rapids, will share tips for harvesting wild rice later this summer.
- July 20: Basics of paddling. An expert from the Three Rivers Park District in the Twin Cities will provide an introduction to canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding, as well as places to paddle and rent equipment.
- July 27: Manage your family’s lake shore. MNR Aquatic Plants Specialist Shane McBride and Fisheries Landscapes Coordinator Heather Baird will cover regulations and best practices for lakeshore management.
- August 3: New Deer Hunting Regulations: Todd Froberg, Big Game Program Coordinator, will provide updates on deer hunting regulations, numbers and new chronic wasting zones.
- August 10: Hunters as citizen scientists. Discover two scientific surveys in which hunters provide the data needed to help monitor deer and turkey populations over time.
- August 17: Clay target shooting for beginners. Sheri Brengman, volunteer steering committee member and instructor for MNR’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, will talk about the basics of trap shooting and other clay target games.
- August 24: Beginning of the goose season. MNR Wildlife Manager Dave Trauba will discuss early season goose hunting opportunities and provide advice on how and where to catch the birds.
- August 31 : Options and tips for hunting ammunition. Kraig Kiger, DNR Shooting Sports Coordinator, will talk about hunting ammunition and options for different games, alternatives to lead, and other tips to consider when buying ammunition.