The stars will be out when Cabela’s holds its Waterfowl Classic on Saturday at its Kansas City, Kan. store.
Former Royals great George Brett and pitcher Luke Hochevar will sign autographs from 1 to 2 p.m. Chad Belding, who hosts “The Fowl Life” and “Dead Dog Walkin’” television shows, will meet the public and sign autographs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. And Mark and Taylor Drury of the “Drury Outdoors” show will appear from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and present a question-and-answer seminar.
The Waterfowl Classic will include seminars throughout the day, displays by the nation’s top waterfowl-equipment manufacturers and a novice duck-calling contest at 3 p.m. The event will get underway at 8 a.m., when the store opens.
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The Grand Slam, one of the nation’s largest gathering of duck-calling contests, will be held Saturday at the Bass Pro Shop in Independence.
The slate of duck-calling competitions will include the Eastern Kansas Open, the Four Rivers Regional, the Kansas State, the Missouri State, the Show Me Regional and the Western Missouri Open. All of those contests will be qualifiers for the World Duck Calling Championship in the fall.
The contests will begin at 9:30 a.m., with only a short break between competitions. For more information, call Graham Giblin at 913-706-0695.
Waterfowl seasons to be set
Missouri and Kansas will set waterfowl-hunting seasons at upcoming commission meetings.
The Missouri Conservation Commission is to review staff recommendations for season dates and limits at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Department of Conservation’s headquarters in Jefferson City.
The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission will set seasons and regulations at its 6:30 p.m. meeting on Aug. 20 at the Kansas Wetland Education Center, 592 N.E. Kansas 156, Great Bend.
Other commission meeting items
Both commissions also will deal with issues that will affect the future of hunting in the two-state area.
In Missouri, commissioners will hear staff recommendations for changes in the deer-season structure, methods, limits and conservation area regulations.
Kansas’ commission will discuss possible increases in the cost of fishing and hunting licenses, and changes in duck-zone boundaries, though no final action will be taken on either issue.
Youth dove hunt
Opening day of the Kansas dove-hunting season Sept. 1 will bring special opportunities for youngsters.
The Jayhawk Chapter of the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, will have its eighth annual youth dove hunt at the Clinton Wildlife Area.
The hunt, which will begin at 3 p.m., will be open to children aged 16 and younger. Mentors will accompany all participants, but parents or other family members may attend also. Only youths will be allowed to pull the trigger.
To register, contact John Hill of the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation at 785-841-9555 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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