Kids’ Fishing Derby set for May 3

Jackson County Parks and Recreation’s 33rd Annual Kids’ Fishing Derby will be held at Lake Jacomo in Fleming Park on Saturday, May 3 at the Lake Jacomo Marina (7401 West Park Road, Blue Springs).

The event, which is at a new location this year, is free to kids between the ages of 2 and 15. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and free cane poles will be given to the first 100 kids to register. Contestants may fish from 9 to 11 a.m. Prizes of fishing tackle and sporting goods have been donated by local merchants. Every child will receive a prize, even if they do not catch a fish.

In addition to the derby, children may participate in a casting contest sponsored by the Missouri B.A.S.S. Federation and the Optimist Clubs of Blue Springs, Lake Lotawana and Lee’s Summit.

All children must be accompanied by an adult and should bring a fishing pole, bait and a bucket to hold their catch. Lifejackets are recommended. Bait, fishing tackle and lifejackets, as well as snacks and drinks, can be purchased on site. The Kids’ Fishing Derby is sponsored by Jackson County Parks and Recreation, the Missouri Trout Fisherman’s Association, and the Optimist Clubs.

– Submitted


Bass Pro Shops to hold firearms training

Bass Pro Shops stores across the country, including the one in Independence, will host Set Your Sights events April 25-27.

The event will feature free firearms seminars covering optics and other accessories, conceal carry laws and equipment, target shooting, and gun care and safety. The event also offers free giveaways.

The free seminar’s topics and times vary by store, so check for more information.

– Staff reports


Youth turkey season harvest tops 4,000

Young hunters checked 4,332 turkeys during Missouri’s youth turkey hunting season April 12 and 13, topping the 4,000 mark for the second time in the youth season’s 14-year history.

Top counties in the youth season were Franklin with 107 birds checked, Cedar with 96, and Webster with 92. The Missouri Department of Conservation recorded one nonfatal hunting incident during the weekend hunt.

Conservation Department resource scientist Jason Isabelle says the strong youth season harvest can be attributed partly to the carry-over of adult gobblers resulting from good turkey reproduction in 2011 and 2012. Favorable weather throughout much of the state during the mornings of the hunt also helped.

Missouri’s only other 4,000-plus youth season harvest was in 2012, when young hunters checked 4,319 turkeys. Hunters age 6 through 15 are allowed to take one male turkey or turkey with a visible beard during the youth hunt. Those who do take a turkey during the youth hunt may not take a second bird until the second week of the regular spring turkey season.

The 2014 regular spring turkey season runs April 21 through May 11. For more information, get a copy of the 2014 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet where permits are sold or visit . The Conservation Department’s First Turkey Program is a great way to memorialize a hunter’s first successful hunt. The program provides a free commemorative certificate suitable for framing. You can even add a photo of the proud hunter with his or her bird. Creating a tangible reminder of a once-in-a-lifetime experience begins with visiting The same site has forms for a hunter’s first deer for youths or adults.

– Missouri Department of Conservation

Women’s workshop deadline is April 25

The Missouri Department of Conservation invites women to have a weekend of fun while learning various outdoor skills at the annual “Discover Nature – Women Summer Workshop.”

The weekend hands-on workshop will be May 30 to June 1 at the Windermere Baptist Conference Center in Roach, Mo., along Lake of the Ozarks. Registration deadline is April 25.

The workshop provides a safe and friendly environment where women learn hands-on outdoor-skills at the beginner level by selecting a group of four courses from the following offerings: archery, basic hunting, canoeing, introduction to firearms, plant-animal-tree identification, camping, fishing fundamentals, fly tying, map and compass reading, and shotgun shooting. Women attending for the first time are encouraged to attend the program a second year to complete four additional courses.

The special weekend is targeted to women 18 years and older, along with young women age 14-17 when accompanied by a woman 18 years or older. The workshop is free, but a $20 deposit is required at the time of registration and will be refunded at check in. There is no deposit fee for young women ages 14-17 when registered with an adult. Participants are responsible for lodging and meal reservations and costs through Windermere.

To register and for more info, go online to and download the brochure for full course descriptions and registration form. For more information, call 573-522-4115, ext. 3808.

– Missouri Department of Conservation