Bird dog owners will have multiple chances to show just how good their dogs are this fall in northeast Kansas.
Three National Upland Classic Series bird dog tournaments are set to take place in September in the Topeka area, with two events in Meriden and one in Delia.
The first two tournaments are set to take place Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 at Muddy Creek Game Birds in Meriden, about 15 miles northeast of Topeka, with the third event set for Sept. 26 at Cokeley Farms in Delia, about 30 miles northwest of the capital city.
A fourth tournament is set to take place from Nov. 6-8 at Double Crown Ranch, located just west of Topeka at 13620 S.W. 21st. That tournament is a mixed-bag event that will feature multiple categories, including amateur, doubles, single flushing and pointing, with the finals set for Nov. 8.
The entry deadline for that event is Oct. 30. For more information, contact Sam Martin at 417-438-3111 or by email at email@example.com.
Muddy Creek will also host a similar three-day tournament in December, with amateur competition set for Dec. 19, an open set for Dec. 20 and the finals slated for Dec. 21.
For more information about the events at Muddy Creek Game Birds, contact Jacob Edwards at 785-817-3937. For the events at Cokeley Farms, contact Will Cokeley at 785-771-3817.
Additionally, for those who wish to attend the September events but aren’t necessarily competing, there’s an extra prize available.
Those who attend one of the three September events will have their name and address written down for a live prize drawing via Facebook for a brand new Grizzly 15 Hard Molded Cooler. Those who enter the drawing must have a hunting dog, but do not need to be competing to win the prize.
"The dog owner doesn't have to run and won’t have any pressure to run," Edwards told The Topeka Capital-Journal. "Just come relax and enjoy great dogs, and meet fellow hunters that all share a passion for bird dogs. Main reason we’re doing this is to promote great upland and waterfowl dogs for the upcoming season since we all think the quail and pheasant numbers are rebounding."
A second cooler will be given away at the November event at Double Crown to a new dog handler in their first year of running dogs. The highest scored run of the weekend by a new player will take home their own Grizzly Cooler. This is for new handlers starting in the 2020 season only.
Western Kansas will also see some opportunities to compete in NUCS-sanctioned events this fall and winter, with events tentatively planned for October and January 2021.
On Oct. 10-11, Collige Kennels and Outfitting, located in Ford County about 30 miles west of Dodge City at 13367 Lariat Road in Offerle, will host a no-money event that will be open to the first 25 entries.
Collige will then host the three-day Browning’s Ante Up Boothill Shootout in Dodge from Jan. 8-10, 2021. This will mark the event’s third year.
Edwards said Browning Cynergy shotguns will be given to winners at that event, and there will be an added-money sponsor payout. In addition, NUCS is providing a free wild pheasant and quail hunt on Jan. 11 to everyone who attends, including families and guests.
"The city and county landowners will be opening up their lands, plus WIHA for dog owners that attend that event, with a free wild bird hunt where hunters will be divided into small groups and each given areas of both private and WIHA to hunt," Edwards said.
For more information on the Collige Kennels events, contact Cody Collige at 620-770-9588 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other big events
Two major NUCS events are slated at the end of the year for the Talbot Wildlife Area near Joplin, Mo.
The three-day 2020 Browning Tournament of Champions will take place from Oct. 2-4 and will feature Browning A5 Wicked Wings as prizes for the winners.
The NUCS Nationals, which run from March 1-6, 2021, are also slated to take place at Talbot.
For more information about those events, contact Hal Brown at 417-632-4652 or by email at email@example.com.
To read more about the NUCS and for the complete schedule of events, go to http://www.uplandclassic.com/.