Outdoor calendar: First Day Hikes scheduled to 18 Kansas state parks on Jan. 1

GRAPHIC FROM JOSH ROUSE/THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL

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DECEMBER

31 — Ravenwood 2-person Team Shoot 100, Ravenwood Lodge. For more info, call (785) 256-6444 or email RavenHPSC@aol.com.

JANUARY

1 — First Day Hikes, 18 Kansas state parks.

1 — New Years Day Survivors Shoot Off, 1 to 4 p.m., Ravenwood Lodge. For more info, call (785) 256-6444 or email RavenHPSC@aol.com.

10 — “Kansas Riverkings” presentation by Barbara Higgins-Dover, noon to 1 p.m., Great Overland Station.

12 — Derby Ducks Unlimited Dinner, 5:30 to 10 p.m., Madison Central Park in Derby. For more info, contact Wade Skeen at (318) 617-5750.

13 — National Wild Turkey Federation State Awards Banquet, 5 p.m., Drury Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Wichita. For more info, contact Tyler Kirby at (620) 339-9026 or tkirby@nwtf.net.

13 — Ducks Unlimited Northeast Kansas Firearm Frenzy, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Purple Wave in Manhattan. For more info, contact Colby Urban at (785) 630-0803, Nick Nutter at (785) 210-5889 or Dave Casper at (785) 564-1153.

14 — Polar Bear Classic, Ravenwood Lodge. For more info, call (785) 256-6444 or email RavenHPSC@aol.com.

23 — American bald eagle and raptor program, 7 p.m., Dane G. Hansen Scout Camp on south side of Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge. For more call (785) 543-6673 or visit www.fws.gov/kirwin/.

29 — Rabbits County Double 100, Ravenwood Lodge. For more info, call (785) 256-6444 or email RavenHPSC@aol.com.

FEBRUARY

2-4 — 2018 Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show, Kansas Expocentre. 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4. Tickets will cost $7.75 for adults, with children 16 and under getting in free.

3 — Three Rivers NWTF banquet, 5:30 p.m., Houston Street Ballroom in Manhattan. For more info, contact John Adams at (785) 539-1586 or adamsjb@sbcglobal.net.

14 — “In Love with the Kansas River” presentation by Bill Riphahn, noon to 1 p.m., Great Overland Station.

14-18 — National Wild Turkey Convention, Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, Nashville, Tenn.

23-25 — 2018 Kansas Ducks Unlimited State Convention and Banquet, Great Wolf Lodge and Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. For more, contact Chris Young at (913) 333-2922.

28 — All-American Catfish Tournaments 2018 Ice Breaker tournament, 8:30 a.m., Kaw Point Park in Kansas City, Kan. Cost will be $160 per boat, with two-angler teams and a five-fish weigh-in at 4:30 p.m. For more information, go to https://tinyurl.com/y89ryms8/.

MARCH

14 — “Fish Tales from the Kaw” presentation by the family of Tom Burns, noon to 1 p.m., Great Overland Station.

24 — Catfish Chasers fishing tournament, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Milford Lake. Check in at the State Park Marina. For more info, contact David Studebaker at (785) 289-0007 or by email at studebakerdavid@yahoo.com.

APRIL

6 — Kaw Valley NWTF banquet, 6 p.m., American Legion Post 142 in Perry. For more info, contact Derek Payne at buckpayne2659@gmail.com.

7 — NWTF Northeast Kansas Upland Heritage, 5 p.m., American Legion Post 153 in Olathe. For more info, contact Adam Kucera at (913) 708-4377 or kooch75@gmail.com.

11 — “Crossing the Kansas River on the Oregon Trail” presentation by Tom Ellis, noon to 1 p.m., Great Overland Station.

21 — Catfish Chasers fishing tournament, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Perry Reservoir. Check in at south state park boat ramp. For more info, contact David Studebaker at (785) 289-0007 or by email at studebakerdavid@yahoo.com.

22 — NWTF Smoky Valley Strutters banquet, 5 p.m., Best Western Hotel in McPherson. For more info, contact Brent Smith at (316) 250-9510 or bullrider1221@cox.net.

28 — Kansas State Fishing Team’s Big Bass Bash fundraiser tournament, time TBA, Perry Reservoir. More info at https://www.facebook.com/kstatefishingteam/.

MAY

4 — NWTF Munkers Creek Limbhangers banquet, 5:30 p.m., Morris County 4-H Center in Council Grove. For more info, contact Vance Ralstin at (620) 443-5309 or hntnsmtn@bluestemtelco.com.

5 — Kansas Bass Nation High School 2-Man Team State Championship.

6 — Kansas Bass Nation Youth 2-Man Team State Championship.

9 — “Improving Access on the Kaw River” by Aaron Deters, noon to 1 p.m., Great Overland Station.

JULY

14 — Catfish Chasers fishing tournament, 7 to 10 p.m., Missouri River in St. Joseph, Mo. Check in at French Bottoms Ramp. $5,000 guaranteed first place, $500 big fish. For more info, contact David Studebaker at (785) 289-0007 or by email at studebakerdavid@yahoo.com.

21 — NWTF Flint Hills Gobblers banquet, 5:30 p.m., K of C Hall in Olpe. For more info, contact Sandra Evans at (620) 794-6763 or evanssle@hotmail.com.

28 — Catfish Chasers fishing tournament, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., John Redmond Reservoir. Check in at ramp by dam. $1,000 guaranteed for first place. For more info, contact David Studebaker at (785) 289-0007 or by email at studebakerdavid@yahoo.com.

31 — Fort Riley Guns and Gear NWTF banquet, 5 a.m., Riley’s Conference Center. For more, contact Stacey Woods at (620) 873-5159

AUGUST

11 — Catfish Chasers fishing tournament, 7 p.m. to 8 a.m., Coffey County Lake (Wolf Creek). Check in at main ramp through gate. Limit of 40 boats, pre-entry only. $2,000 guaranteed for first place. For more info, contact David Studebaker at (785) 289-0007 or by email at studebakerdavid@yahoo.com.

25-26 — Catfish Chasers two-day fishing tournament, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, Calamus Lake, Neb. Check in at Homestead Knolls ramp. $200 entry fee if postmarked before Aug. 9, $300 after. Limited to 80. For more info, contact David Studebaker at (785) 289-0007 or by email at studebakerdavid@yahoo.com.

SEPTEMBER

8 — Hays Bass Anglers Association’s 18th annual Big Bass Challenge, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wilson Lake. Visit www.haysbass.com for more details.

8-9 — Catfish Chasers two-day fishing tournament, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, Perry Reservoir. Check in at south state park ramp. Entry $125 per day. Added money for two-day total. For more info, contact David Studebaker at (785) 289-0007 or by email at studebakerdavid@yahoo.com.

22 — Catfish Chasers fishing tournament, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Missouri River in Atchison. Check in at Atchison City Ramp. $2,000 guaranteed for first place. For more info, contact David Studebaker at (785) 289-0007 or by email at studebakerdavid@yahoo.com.

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