Area groups collecting deer hides again this fall

The Min-Dak Border Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association again will be collecting deer hides for its Hides for Habitat program. Collection boxes will be set outside Cabela’s, Orton’s on the Point and Sportsman Taxidermy in East Grand Forks. Because of a lack of volunteers, the chapter this year is partnering with the Thief River Falls MDHA chapter on the hides program. Volunteers still are needed to empty hide boxes regularly. The Min-Dak MDHA chapter has been involved with the program since 1989 and has used proceeds to fund a variety of youth outdoor education initiatives along with the Options deer hunt for disabled hunters at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge. For more information on the program or the MDHA chapter, call (701) 741-1147.

In Grand Forks, the Grand Forks County Wildlife Federation will collect deer hides at the following locations:

Twin City Motors, 1120 S. Washington St.

True North Equipment on Gateway Drive.

Emerado Superpumper.

S&T Quickstop in Thompson, N.D.

Peregrine hatch observed atop UND water tower

Everything appears to be on schedule for the peregrine falcons nesting atop the UND water tower.

Tim Driscoll, the Grand Forks raptor expert who monitors the birds, said at least one baby peregrine has hatched, based on the behavior of the mother, Terminator, and Marv, a male peregrine hatched last spring in Fargo. Marv showed up in Grand Forks this spring to mate with the older female.

The timing of the hatch is consistent with when Terminator laid her eggs, Driscoll said. Because the nest is some 100 feet up the tower, it’s difficult to observe much from the ground, Driscoll said, especially on rainy days such as Wednesday.

“We’ll know more in a week or so,” Driscoll said.

Terminator, hatched in 2006 in Brandon, Man., has been nesting in Grand Forks since 2008.


Red River boat ramps to reopen in GF

This spring hasn’t been conducive to catfishing on the Red River (so far), and the ramps in Grand Forks already have closed once because of flooding.

But they’re scheduled to reopen today, now that the Red has dropped below flood stage of 28 feet. The river does remain out of its banks.

The Greenway sent out an update on the ramps this afternoon, saying city crews will monitor the ramps for silt and other debris as river levels continue to drop. Lower trails in the Greenway remain closed because of the high water, but the upper trails and dog park in Lincoln Drive Park remain open.

The Red in Grand Forks was at 27.33 feet as of 1:30 p.m. today. High water usually means good fishing once conditions straighten out so let’s hope that’s the case as the river drops and water temperatures rise.