Saw-Whet Owl Banding, Deer Hunting Events On Tap

A couple of outdoors-related items are on tap in the next couple of days that would be worth checking out. Here’s a closer look.

Owl banding Friday night

First up, Grand Forks raptor expert Tim Driscoll and Erika Kolbow of Turtle River State Park are hosting a public saw-whet owl banding event from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Friday night in the park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. Driscoll and Kolbow will set nets to capture the tiny owls, and the banding will take place in the park’s chalet.

In an email, Kolbow said banding to date has been slow because of the recent wind and warm temperatures. Before Tuesday night, wind and weather had put the banding on hold for four straight days, she said.

Before that, we were ahead, but now we are behind,” Kolbow said. “I am hoping this means they are all bottlenecked and we’ll get a few days of big numbers to help us catch up.  We are currently at 93, which is not bad but we are always hopeful for more.”

Last fall, Driscoll and Kolbow banded more than 200 saw-whet owls migrating through the park.

Snow that’s in the forecast should be gone by Friday because the ground remains warm enough to melt the white stuff on contact, Kolbow said.

“I think it will be a good night,” Kolbow said.

For more information, contact Turtle River State Park at (701) 594-4445.

Big Buck Days on Saturday

Deer hunting takes center stage Saturday and Sunday at Cabela’s in East Grand Forks as part of the store’s Big Buck Days celebration that continues through Nov. 8.

Among the events on tap Saturday are the following in-store seminars:

  • Noon: Wild game processing. Learn the basics of processing wild game from the field to the freezer.
  • 2 p.m.: Pick the right knife. Receive tips and insight about choosing the best knife for each hunting and meat-processing situation

In addition, representatives from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will assist with the seminars and explain the basics of field dressing as well as answering customer questions regarding the organization.

More information is available at