Special hunts will give participants a good shot at turkeys

Managed turkey hunts will be offered in Missouri and Kansas.
Managed turkey hunts will be offered in Missouri and Kansas.

The early bird will get a special opportunity to shoot a turkey in Missouri and Kansas.

Both states will hold managed hunts this spring, open to a limited number of participants who register for spots and are drawn.

The season may still be a couple months away, but now is the time to plan.

In Missouri, registration for special youth, archery and firearms hunts established by the Department of Conservation is now under way and will remain open through Feb. 29. Hunters can receive more information and apply at the Department of Conservation’s website. Drawing results will be available March 14.

In Kansas, the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will offer 79 special hunts, including 31 for youths, 29 open hunts and 19 mentor hunts (in which beginners and mentors may hunt). Applications will be accepted until 9 a.m. Feb. 29.

To apply, go to the department’s website.

Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show

Shaw Grigsby, a nationally known pro bass fisherman, will headline the list of speakers at the Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show this weekend.

The show, which opens Friday and will continue through Sunday, will be at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka.

Grigsby, who is host of the “One More Cast” television show and competes on the national BASS circuit, will speak Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. A full slate of other seminars including tips on how to catch catfish and bass, and information from fisheries biologists on what to expect at area reservoirs will be included.

Show hours are 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets will cost $6.95 for adults, $4.95 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for youths 5 and under.

Woodsman training

The Missouri Department of Conservation is offering help to make you a true woodsman (or woman).

A workshop Saturday at Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, Kansas City, will teach participants everything from how to light a campfire to how to split firewood with a hatchet. Other basic outdoors skills such as knot tying, water purification, shelter building and how to tap a maple tree for syrup will be included during the workshop, which will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

No advance registration is required.

Brent Frazee: 816-234-4319, @fishboybrent