Those attending the 2020 Kansas Monster Buck Classic this month in Topeka will have an opportunity to see a once-in-a-lifetime deer in person.
Andover's Brian Butcher, a native of Emporia, will be on hand Jan. 25 and 26 with his 67-point whitetail deer he shot earlier this fall in Kansas. The deer was given an unofficial score of 321 3/8 inches, which would be the fourth-largest nontypical whitetail rack ever recorded worldwide if it holds up to official scoring by Boone and Crockett officials in 2022.
“Going to the Kansas Monster Buck Classic is going to be a lot of fun,” Butcher told The Topeka Capital-Journal on Wednesday night. “It’s going to be fun seeing people’s reaction to the rack. It is like nothing anyone has seen. I hope the people at the show enjoy it.”
"The Butcher Buck" will be just one of several exciting happenings during the three-day show, which will run Jan. 24-26 at the Stormont Vail Events Center, formerly the Kansas Expocentre.
The seminar schedule features something for everyone, including presentations from several Kansans, including:
• Michael Christensen, of Wichita, on Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors
• Fossil Springs Winery, of Paola, on Wine and Wild Game Pairing
• Hutchinson's Skeeter Snell, of Midwest Tracker, on Wounded Game Tracking
• Heads Up Decoys, based out of Hays, on Run and Gun Bow Hunting
The Big Buck and Shed Contest, sponsored by Cabela's, will offer prizes for first, second and third place in each category. First place will receive a $100 Cabela's gift card, second place will receive a $50 gift card and third will receive a $25 gift card.
Along with Butcher’s deer and the Big Buck and Shed Contest, the Kings of Kansas and Whitetails of North America collections will be displayed, showing mounts of huge racks taken across the state and continent, respectively.
A free ax-throwing station will be offered for event-goers of all ages thanks to WoodChux Ax Throwing out of Liberty, Mo., as well as a BB gun range. The event will also include several outdoors and hunting vendors, wild game cooking demonstrations and other areas for kids and adults alike to have a ball.
More events may be announced in the coming days.
The show also recently announced one free Kansas lifetime hunting license will be given away for every 200 kids that visit the show with a paid adult. A Redneck Blind and a trailer from Hoyt's Trailer Center also will be given away during the event.
Show times for the event are 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Passes are $5 for a single-day pass or $10 for a three-day pass, with children 16 and under getting in free.
The event is making a return to Topeka this year after being purchased by Tyler Kirby in January 2018. The last show took place in 2019 at the Century II in Wichita, with the 2018 event canceled.
Kirby said the event will be hosted by Topeka for at least two years, and on Thursday announced the dates for the 2021 show. That show will run Jan. 29-31, 2021, also at the Stormont Vail Events Center, so mark your calendars now.
For more information, visit the Kansas Monster Buck Classic Facebook page or contact Kirby at 620-339-9026 or KSMonsterBuck@gmail.com.
• The R.K. Topeka Gun Show also is taking place this weekend at the Stormont Vail Events Center, with show times from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, with an additional show Feb. 29-March 1. Tickets are $12.
KDWPT to offer seminars at Topeka boat show
The Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show on Thursday announced that the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will give informative seminars during the three-day event, which runs Jan. 31-Feb. 2, also at the Stormont Vail Event Center.
The news release, which didn't reveal who from the KDWPT would be speaking or what the topics were, focused mainly on the large assortment of boats and accessories that will be for sale at the event, including personal watercraft, wake sport boats and cruisers. The event was purchased in September 2018 by GS Media and Events, based out of Illinois, as was the Topeka RV and Sport Show.
Show times for the boat show are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2.
Tickets for the Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show are $8 for adults, with children 12 and under getting in free. Adult Good Sam members pay $6 per ticket (limit of two), and Friday night will include a "Date Night" special where tickets are two for $8 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Tickets for this year’s show can be purchased on-site the days of the show, as well as online at www.TopekaBoat.com.