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Kansas outdoor calendar: Big Al's Birthday Bash for Conservation coming up

Josh Rouse
Topeka Capital-Journal
Kansas outdoor calendar

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JANUARY

8-10 — Third Annual Browning’s Ante Up Boothill Shootout in Dodge NUCS bird dog tournament, Collige Kennels and Outfitting, 13367 Lariat Road in Offerle. For more info, contact Cody Collige at 620-770-9588 or by email at colligekennels@gmail.com. To read more about the NUCS and for the complete schedule of events, go to http://www.uplandclassic.com/.

14 — KWPT Commission meeting, virtual. More info at https://www.ksoutdoors.com/.

15-16 — Morris County Sharp Shooters 50/50 Coyote Challenge, Morris County 4-H Building, Council Grove. $100 plus side pots per two-person team, with optional youths ages 15 and under. Payback based on entries. Two divisions: regular hunt and night hunt. Pre-contest registration from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 15. Night hunt begins after registration Jan. 15, day hunt will be Jan. 16 with weigh-in at 7:30 p.m.

16 — Big Al's Birthday Bash for Conservation, 7 p.m., Wichita Union Stockyards, 6251 W. MacArthur Road. Tickets can be purchased for $20 at https://www.kwlsradio.com or by calling 316-945-1079. Events will include raffles, a performance by national recording artist Matt Engels and booths from several conservation organizations.

17 — Polar Bear Classic, Ravenwood Lodge. For more information, call 800-656-2454.

29-31 — Kansas Vets Outdoors Coyote Tournament. Entry $100 per 1- to 4-person team. Check-in from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 29 at 37685 W. 247th Street in Wellsville. Electronic, mouth calls allowed. The Awards/Closing Ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Jan. 31. For more information or to pre-register to this event, go to https://tinyurl.com/y4kjudex/.

29-31 — NUCS Kansas State Bird Dog Championships, Remington Ranch near Independence. Parking at 914 E. 5050 Road. Handlers meet at 7:30 a.m., dogs in field by 8. Open runs will be $200, with amateur runs $140 and doubles $160. Youth runs are free up to one run per handler, $50 for additional runs. Youth pointing and youth flushing winners also will receive guns from Ruger Firearms. Entry deadline is Jan. 25, 2021. To enter, contact Russell Baker by phone at 620-330-4192 or by email at russellbaker07@gmail.com.

31 — 2-Person Team Back Up 100, Ravenwood Lodge. For more information, call 800-656-2454.

FEBRUARY

13 — Cheyenne/Quivira Ducks Unlimited Banquet, 5:30 to 10 p.m., Great Bend Knights of Columbus in Great Bend. Tickets $40 single, $60 couple, $20 youth. Tickets may be purchased online at ducks.org/kansas/events.

18-21 — MidSouth Tackle, Hunting and Boat Show, Grove Civic Center, 1702 S. Main Steet in Grove, Okla. General admission $9, senior/military pricing $7, kids 6-12 $4, kids 5 and under free. Show times are 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more info, call 918-520-3474 or email general@montgomeryproductions.com.

MARCH

1-6 — 2020 NUCS Nationals bird dog tournament, Talbot Wildlife Area near Joplin, Mo. For more information, contact Hal Brown at 417-632-4652 or by email at hunting4bs@windstream.net. To read more about the NUCS and for the complete schedule of events, go to http://www.uplandclassic.com/.

6 — Catfish Chasers Tournament, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Milford Reservoir. $150 entry. Ramp location TBD. For more info, contact David Studebaker at 785-289-0007 or by email at studebakerdavid@yahoo.com.

20 — Kansas Crappie Trail qualifier tournament, Tuttle Creek. Entry fee $100. Takeoff, weigh-in from Wildcat Marina. For more info, contact Dylan Faulconer at 913-416-3481 or faulconerdylan@yahoo.com.

25 — KWPT Commission meeting, virtual. More info at https://www.ksoutdoors.com/.

27-28 — Kansas BASS Nation 4-Man tournament, Melvern Reservoir. Permit pending.

APRIL

3 — Catfish Chasers Tournament, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Perry Reservoir. Entry $150. Weigh-in at South State Park. For more info, contact David Studebaker at 785-289-0007 or by email at studebakerdavid@yahoo.com.

3 — Friends of Cross Timbers Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m., Toronto Point. For more info, contact Kimberly Jones at 620-637-2213.

17 — Kansas Crappie Trail qualifier tournament, Perry Reservoir. Entry fee $100. Takeoff, weigh-in from State Park East Ramp. For more info, contact Dylan Faulconer at 913-416-3481 or faulconerdylan@yahoo.com.

24 — Earth Day Cleanup, 8 a.m. to noon, Cedar Bluff State Park. Volunteer event. For more info, contact Amber McLaughlin at 785-726-3212.

29 — KWPT Commission meeting, virtual. More info at https://www.ksoutdoors.com/.

MAY

1 — Let’s Camp America - Paint with Miss America, 7 to 9 p.m., Cedar Bluff State Park’s Bluffton Shelter. For more information, contact Amber McLaughlin at 785-726-3212.

1-2 — Kansas Crappie Trail qualifier tournament, El Dorado Reservoir. Entry fee $100. Takeoff, weigh-in from Bluestem Ramp No. 1. For more info, contact Dylan Faulconer at 913-416-3481 or faulconerdylan@yahoo.com.

1-2 — Kansas BASS Nation Mr. Bass tournament, Glen Elder. Permit pending.

22 — Kansas Crappie Trail qualifier tournament, Pomona Lake. Entry fee $100. Takeoff, weigh-in from State Park Ramp No. 2. For more info, contact Dylan Faulconer at 913-416-3481 or faulconerdylan@yahoo.com.

22-23 — Kansas BASS Nation 4-Man tournament, Perry Reservoir. Permit pending.

29 — Cedar Bluff Memorial Day Park Party, Bluffton Area, 3 to 11 p.m. Event to include food trucks, back yard games, jet ski demos and entertainment from DJ Willy Will. For more information, contact Amber McLaughlin at 785-726-3212.

29 — Music in the Park, Toronto Point. All-day event. For more info, contact the park office at 620-637-2213.

JUNE

5 — Annual youth fishing tournament, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Glen Elder State Park. For more info, contact Scott Waters at 785-545-3345.

5 — National Trails Day hike/bike, Fall River State Park, all-day event. For more info, contact Kimberly Jones at 620-637-2213.

5 — National Trails Day hike/bike, Cross Timbers State Park, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more info, contact Kimberly Jones at 620-637-2213.

5 — Breakfast Ride-In, Toronto Point. For more info, contact the park office at 620-637-2213.

5-6 — Free Fishing/Park Entrance Days, statewide.

11-13 — 2021 Bassmaster Classic, Fort Worth, Texas.

12 — Annual OK Kids event, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cedar Bluff State Park Office Area. Includes fishing, archery and more. Free hot dog feed for kids and their family. For more information, contact Amber McLaughlin at 785-726-3212.

12 — Kansas Crappie Trail qualifier tournament, Melvern Reservoir. Entry fee $100. Takeoff, weigh-in from State Park West Ramp. For more info, contact Dylan Faulconer at 913-416-3481 or faulconerdylan@yahoo.com.

26-27 — Kansas BASS Nation Qualifier No. 1, Wilson Reservoir. Permit pending.

JULY

2-4 — Toronto Days, Toronto Point and the City of Toronto. Area-wide event includes street dance, baby contest, talent contest, mud run, raffle, mud volleyball tourney and food vendors.  Fireworks will be July 3 after sunset in Toronto Point.

3 — Waves of Freedom - Celebration of Vets and Pets, 3 to 9 p.m., Cedar Bluff State Park. For more information, contact Amber McLaughlin at 785-726-3212.

10-11 — Catfish Chasers Overnight Tournament, 7 p.m. to 8 a.m., Coffey County Lake (Wolf Creek). Entry fee $150, pre-registration only, limited to 40 teams. Recommended meeting at 7 p.m. July 9. For more info, contact David Studebaker at 785-289-0007 or by email at studebakerdavid@yahoo.com.

24 — Catfish Chasers Tournament, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., John Redmond Reservoir. Entry fee $150. For more info, contact David Studebaker at 785-289-0007 or by email at studebakerdavid@yahoo.com.

31 — Kansas Crappie Trail qualifier tournament, Clinton Reservoir. Entry fee $100. Takeoff, weigh-in from State Park Ramp No. 3. For more info, contact Dylan Faulconer at 913-416-3481 or faulconerdylan@yahoo.com.

AUGUST

7 — S’moresfest, 7 to 11 p.m., Cedar Bluff State Park. For more information, contact Amber McLaughlin at 785-726-3212.

7-8 — Catfish Chasers Victory Chevrolet Classic, 7 p.m. to 10 a.m., Missouri River. Takeoff, weigh-in at French Bottoms Ramp in St. Joseph, Mo. Mandatory meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 at St. Joseph Frontier Casino. Pre-entry fee $200 by July 30, $225 after. For more info, contact David Studebaker at 785-289-0007 or by email at studebakerdavid@yahoo.com.

14 — Kansas Crappie Trail qualifier tournament, Hillsdale Lake. Entry fee is $100. Takeoff, weigh-in from Jayhawk Marina. For more info, contact Dylan Faulconer at 913-416-3481 or faulconerdylan@yahoo.com.

14-15 — Campground Christmas, Lovewell State Park. Campers decorate their campsites and camping cabins in yuletide themes. Public encouraged to view the decorations. Entries must register at the State Park Office by 5 p.m. Saturday. Decorations are judged Saturday evening, prizes awarded at 11 a.m. Sunday. For more info, contact Thane Loring at 785-753-4971.

21-22 — Catfish Chasers Calamus Catfish Classic, Burwell, Neb. Fishing from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, check-in/weigh-in at Homestead Knolls ramp. Entry $250 by Aug. 9, $300 after. Guaranteed $5,000 for first place. Limited to first 80 entries received. Mandatory captains meeting at 5 p.m. For more info, contact David Studebaker at 785-289-0007 or by email at studebakerdavid@yahoo.com.

SEPTEMBER

4 — Lovewell Lake Fireworks Display, 8 to 9 p.m., Lovewell State Park. Fireworks display will be presented from the Cedar Point Boat Ramp Rock Jetty area of park beginning at dusk Saturday, Sept 4. State Park Vehicle Permit is required. Event is tentative, pending private fundraising for fireworks purchase. For more info, contact Thane Loring at 785-753-4971.

4 — Labor Day Beach Party, 7 to 11 p.m., Cedar Bluff State Park’s Bluffton Area. DJ Willy Will will be pumping the jams at the Bluffton Beach. For more information, contact Amber McLaughlin at 785-726-3212.

4 — Friends of Cross Timbers’ End of Summer BBQ, all-day event, Toronto Point. Includes BBQ, scavenger hunt and other activities. For more info, contact the park office at 620-637-2213.

11-12 — Kansas Crappie Trail State Championship, Clinton Reservoir. Entry fee is $200. Takeoff, weigh-in from State Park Ramp No. 3. For more info, contact Dylan Faulconer at 913-416-3481 or faulconerdylan@yahoo.com.

12 — 3D Archery Shoot and Free Park Entrance, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lovewell State Park. 3D Archery Shoot begins at 9 a.m. Individuals compete on 14-station 3D archery range. Divisions for Men, Women, Youth. Steel Deer Target Contest at noon. Prizes awarded at 1 p.m. No vehicle permits required. For more info, contact Thane Loring at 785-753-4971.

16-19 — 2021 Ducks Unlimited National Convention, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Fla. Register at https://tinyurl.com/yasu2j7x/.

18-19 — Kansas BASS Nation 4-Man tournament, Wilson Reservoir. Permit pending.

25 — Catfish Chasers Tournament, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Milford Reservoir. Entry fee $150. For more info, contact David Studebaker at 785-289-0007 or by email at studebakerdavid@yahoo.com.

25 — 19th Annual Fall River Rendezvous, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fall River State Park’s Fredonia Bay Area. Activities may include Indian and Mountain Men Encampments, Historical Traders, Blackpowder Shoot, Tomahawk Throw, Skillet Throw for the Ladies and a Kids Gold Rush. For more info, contact Kimberly Jones at 620-637-2213.

OCTOBER

2 — 2nd Annual Friends of Cross Timbers Chili Contest, all-day event, Toronto Point. For more info, contact the park office at 620-637-2213.

16/17 — Kansas BASS Nation Qualifier No. 2 Keystone, Okla. Permit pending.

23 — Kansas BASS Nation Frank Stong Scholarship tournament, Big Hill Reservoir. Permit pending.

NOVEMBER

26 — #OptOutside at Cedar Bluff, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Cedar Bluff State Park. For more information, contact Amber McLaughlin at 785-726-3212.