Outdoor Sports Shows, Devils Lake Ice Fishing Tournament on Outdoor Calendar – Grand Forks Herald

Outdoor Sports Shows, Devils Lake Ice Fishing Tournament on Outdoor Calendar – Grand Forks Herald

For an event on the Outdoors calendar, call Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 1148 or via email at


. Deadline is 5pm on Wednesdays.

  • January 27: 40th Annual Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department Ice Fishing Tournament, 1-3:30 p.m., at Six-Mile Bay on Devils Lake. More than $325,000 in prizes, including the grand prize of a 2024 Ford F-150 and a 2024 Chevy Colorado for second-largest light gray car. Tickets, if available, cost $25. Information: Devils Lake Fire Department, (701) 662-3913; Or on the web at dlvfdicefishingtourney.com.
  • February 3: Get the kids’ day outdoors ice fishing, Crookston. Aimed at 11-15 year olds with little ice fishing experience. The kids will board the bus at Crookston High School and head to Island Lake near Lyngby, Minnesota. The event is free, and participants will receive an ice fishing rod, tackle box and other prizes. Children will fish with qualified adults and navigate fish houses and rigs. Register by January 15 at www.getkidsoutdoorsmn.org


  • February 10: Amazed Ice Fishing Derby, Red Lake River, Crookston. The fishing contest is from 1 to 4 p.m. on the Red Lake River in Central Park, with registration beginning at 11 a.m. Entrance fee is $25 for two holes. A pancake, waffle and sausage breakfast is also available from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 112 W. Robert St. Many lottery and fishing prizes. Awards Ceremony and Raffle 7 p.m., Crookston Eagles Club (no attendance required to win raffle prizes). Tickets are available at Crookston Ace Hardware and Scott’s True Value. Information: Brian, (218) 281-7762; Or Croxton Ace Hardware, (218) 281-1749.
  • February 17: Fishing Derby, noon to 3 p.m., at Springsteel Resort on Lake of the Woods north of Warroad, Minnesota. First prize is $10,000 cash, second prize is $3,000, and third, fourth and fifth place prizes are $1,000 cash. Awards are also given for largest walleye, largest northern pike, largest perch and largest burbot. Tickets, $20, are available at all gas stations and many businesses in Warroad, along with Denny’s Outdoor Sports and Holiday in Roseau, Minnesota; and the Rivers Edge and American Legion Station in Greenbush, Minnesota. Information: Springsteel Resort, (218) 386-1000; Warroad Room, (218) 386-3543 or online at visitwarroad.com.
  • February 24: Ice Fishing Derby, 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., at Fordville Dam near Fordville, North Dakota. Entry fee is $10 for anglers ages 13 and up, and $5 for participants ages 12 and under. Anglers must bring their own bait and follow all North Dakota Game and Fish Department fishing regulations. Sponsored by the Dakota Prairie Wildlife Club.
  • January 10: Webinar, “A New Grassland Conservation Program for Ranching, Wildlife and the American Public,” at 2 p.m. CST. Speakers are Terry Reilly, policy director for the North American GROSS Partnership; and Steve Reilly, director of Farm Bill policy at the American Bird Conservancy. Register online at https://act.abcbirds.org/a/webinar-grasslands-conservation.
  • January 26-28: 32nd Annual Red River Valley Boat and Marine Products Show, Fargodome, 1800 N. University Drive, Fargo. Showing hours are noon to 8pm Friday, January 26; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, January 27; And from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday, January 28. Admission is $12 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12, and admission is free for ages 5 and younger. Information: fargoboatshow.com.
  • February 3: 12th Annual East Grand Forks Vintage Snowmobile Show (in memory of Anna Kozel), Blue Moose Bar and Grill, 507 Second St. NW, East Grand Forks. Registration 9-11 a.m., silent auction and raffle 9 a.m.-4 p.m., sled run (weather and snow conditions permitting) 12:30 p.m. and prize giving 3:30 p.m. Information: Merlyn Werner, (218) 779-6161; Or Seidel, (701) 740-7552.
  • February 3: Snow Day at the Greenway, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lincoln Drive Park, Grand Forks. Horse-drawn sleigh rides from noon to 3 p.m., and cardboard sled races at 2 p.m. (Materials can be picked up at the Ski & Bike Shop prior to the event.) Free equipment use on a first-come, first-served basis Free Skate Shop And bikes. The event is free and open to the public and no registration is necessary. Information: Lynn Roche, Special Events Director, (701) 746-2750.
  • February 9-11: Women’s Outdoor (WOW) Winter Outdoor Learning Event, Lake Mitigochi State Park, North Dakota. The event is for women over 16 who want to learn or improve outdoor skills such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dark house javelin throwing and more. Registration begins at noon on December 13 and closes on January 24 or when sessions are full. Information: Amy Schmetz, aschimetz@nd.gov.
  • February 16-17: 50th Annual North Dakota Snowmobile Tour, Rugby, North Dakota. It is hosted by the Northern Lights Trailblazers and the North Central Trail Association. Information: toniab@gondtc.com or Jay, (701) 208-1817. Watch the snowmobilend.org website for additional details as the event approaches.
  • February 17: Candlelight skating and owl tour, 5 p.m., Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, 17788 349th St. SE, Erskine, MN. Sponsored by the Friends of Rydell Society and Glacial Ridge Refuges. Details and additional information TBA.
  • February 29 – March 3: 59th Annual Red River Valley Sportsmen’s Show, Fargodome, 1800 N. University Drive, Fargo. Showing hours are 5-9pm Thursday, February 29; Noon to 9 p.m. Friday, March 1; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 2; and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. Admission is $12 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12, and admission is free for ages 5 and younger. Information: www.fargosportsshow.com.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources webinars are free and begin at noon on Wednesdays. Pre-registration is required at mndnr.gov. Webinars are also recorded and made available online. The topics of the winter series are as follows:

  • January 24: Fish art competition. The Minnesota Fish Art Contest is an annual competition that seeks to educate children about fish. Joining the webinar to chat about the contest are Chris Clayton, editor of Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine, and staff from Wildlife Forever, the nonprofit that founded the contest.
  • January 31: Wolves in Minnesota. Dan Stark, DNR’s large carnivore specialist, will share information about Minnesota’s wolf population, ecology and management as well as an overview of the DNR’s updated plan to guide wolf conservation and the challenges facing a recovering wolf population.
  • February 7: Deer winter behavior and feeding. DNR big game specialists will determine the Winter Severity Index (WSI) and discuss recent winters and their impacts on deer. It will also cover some of the adaptations that deer have developed to help them survive the winter, and what people can do to help them. Finally, specialists will discuss some of the negative effects of supplemental feeding for deer in the winter.
  • February 14: A date with nature. Environmental psychologists Dr Christy Manning and Dr Elise Amiel will discuss how spending time in nature improves mental health and provides many other benefits.
  • February 21: Edible mushrooms in Minnesota. The Minnesota Mycological Society will be sharing information about mushrooms, their habitat, and researching some of the best edible mushrooms the state has to offer.
  • February 28: Critical habitat license plates. The Critical Habitat Plaque was created in 1995 to provide an opportunity for citizens to contribute a nominal amount to the conservation of critical habitats in Minnesota and demonstrate their commitment and individuality with a special vehicle license plate. DNR Nongame Wildlife Information Officer Lori Noman will discuss why and how you can get one of these beautiful plates for your car and how the funding enhances Minnesota’s natural resources.

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