Our mission is to provide a common meeting ground for sportspeople and wildlife conservationists by which a united and organized effort can be made for the propagation, conservation and protection of all forms of wildlife in North Dakota and Minnesota.
The North Dakota Outdoors recently did a video segment about our Junior Wildlife Club and the importance of wildlife organizations.
The RRASC meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Wahpeton Community Center at 304 South 5th Street, Wahpeton, ND 58075.
We’ll also have meetings at the Kidder Recreation Area, Mooreton Pond, Trap and Skeet shooting at the Head of the Red Gun Club or Trap Shooting at the Mooreton Sportman’s Club.
Meeting agenda topics include:
S.E. Area Sportsmen’s Club report, Junior Wildlife Club activities report, ND. Wildlife Federation upcoming events, NDG&F issues and activities, MN DNR issues and activities, Ottertail River Public Access project update, Outdoor Adventure Foundation status, Scholarship program update, Red River shoreline fishing access project reports, Youth Hunting Guide status, upcoming events, discussions of the many area youth events, schedules, proposals for new projects and others issues as they arise.
Yearly Membership Dues $10
Interested in becoming a member? Go to Contact Page to email the club with questions or download a Membership Application.
Current Projects Installing and developing fishing areas along the Red River and Kidder Recreation Area.
The Red River Area Sportsmen’s Club College Scholarship Program is a college scholarship for those pursuing a career in Fish and Wildlife Management, Law Enforcement, Biology or Zoology at a two- or four-year college. Download the Red River Area Sportsmen’s Club Scholarship Program application to apply.
The Sportsmen’s Club offers scholarships for camps, including: Fishing & Shooting Camp, ND Wildlife Federation Camp, Forkhorn Camp, Woodie Camp or other applicable outdoor camps. Call Cindie VanTassel at 643-4374 for details.
The Red River Area Sportsmen’s Club is a local sponsor of the North Dakota Duck Stamp Contest for the following grade categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12. Entry & registration forms are available at the Parks & Rec Department office. The contest is coordinated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Chahinkapa Zoo. Students will draw waterfowl, limited to North American ducks, geese or swans on 9×12″ paper.
Class 1 & 2 Permit Available Cost: $60 + permit fees Lunch will be served (free-will donation) Pre-register by calling Wahpeton Parks & Recreation Office 701-642-2811 Conceal Carry Class
Participant Requirements Go to https://attorneygeneral.nd.gov to complete and print the on-line application, bring the printed copy to class. Must be 21 years old to participate. Must pay fees the day of class. Must bring pistol of choice to class. For completing “Class 1” training, must provide a minimum of 24 rounds of ammunition for pistol of choice.
Members with hunter education & Youth Waterfowl Hunters will trap shoot, starting at 5:30 PM. Members without hunter education will be offered archery. Duck calling and waterfowl identification for all Jr. Wildlife Club members from 6:30-7 PM in the Trap Club building. Food will be served. Please RSVP by calling 642-2811. Sponsored by Red River Area Sportsmen’s Club.
At the January 2020 convention of the North Dakota Wildlife Federation, the Red River Area Sportsmen’s Club was recognized for its ongoing work of “R3”, (Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation). On behalf of the RRASC, president Greg Gerou accepted the award from NDWF Executive Director John Bradley. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department explain R3 as follows: “There is a nationwide effort called R3 – recruitment, retention and reactivation – which is meant to get people into hunting and fishing, keep them in these great outdoor activities, and get those individuals who may once have participated, back into the outdoors to realize what they’ve been missing.” The NDWF is a state based group created in 1935 has a mission to protect and maintain fish, wildlife, and their habitats and provide for public outdoor recreation depending on those natural resources. RRASC’s recruitment includes its open water and ice-fishing derbies, which focus on youth anglers, the Junior Wildlife Club providing monthly activities, family fishing nights showing people of all ages fishing techniques, along the youth waterfowl and pheasant hunts. The club also supports the Archery in the Schools program, the Minnesota and North Dakota High School Clay Target League, and the Red River Air Rifle Marksmanship Program, which are programs that get young people’s interest and helps them develop lifelong skills. In support of lifelong commitment to the outdoors, the club has a scholarship program, which provides financial support for individuals to further their education in Fish and Wildlife Management, Game & Fish Law Enforcement, Biology or Zoology in support of wildlife, conservation and habitat. Retention through many of the same recruitment activities plus, the club works with local law enforcement to provide Concealed Carry Training Classes. It hosts the North Dakota Game & Fish Advisory Board Meetings, works with local contractors, individuals and the Wahpeton parks & Recreation Department to install remove and maintain fishing piers in Mooreton Pond, Brushville, and the Red River. The club also provides support for the local shooting ranges (Head of the Red in Breckenridge and Joe Pikarski Range in Mooreton) and is a sponsor of an exhibit at the Chahinkapa Zoo. Reactivation efforts are ongoing through similar recruitment and retention activities for fishing, hunting and outdoor activities for people of all ages. In 2019, the club started a women’s only pheasant hunt, the Ladies Rooster Roundup, drawing women from as far away as the twin cities. The well attend Sportsmen’s Smoker is a fun event for the whole family, and is the financial foundation for all the clubs activities and projects. The key ingredient to keeping the club thriving is its members; the volunteers that organize the events, work on projects, chair the fundraiser, repair the docks, manage the storage unit, and put in their time, talent and treasure on all the activities that keep the club going. They do it because they are passionate about the club and the outdoors. This recognition would not be possible without the members, they are the lifeblood of the club and each of them contributed to the RRASC receiving this award. It is a well-deserved award and speaks volumes about the commitment the club members have to the outdoors. ... See MoreSee Less