Will Primos, one of the top names in the hunting world for decades, and Miss Kansas Theresa Vail, one of the best-known Kansans of the past year, will be at the Governor’s Turkey Hunt in El Dorado.
Gov. Sam Brownback will be there for part of the Thursday-Saturday event. He is expected to be at opening events on Thursday evening and possibly hunt a few hours on Friday before returning to Topeka.
“I’ve got my middle daughter getting married (on Saturday),” Brownback said, “so I have duties that I have to attend under penalty of banishment from the family.”
This is Brownback’s fourth trip to the hunt that is being held for the 28th consecutive year. Other commitments have never allowed him to stay for the whole event.
Janet Post, hunt director, said she’s especially excited to have Primos in El Dorado. The television celebrity and creator of a popular line of game calls and accessories won’t be carrying a shotgun, but he could be doing some calling.
“Thursday night we’re auctioning Will off for Friday and Saturday. People will kind of be bidding on a chance to spend a day in the woods with Will Primos,” Post said. “It would really be a lot of fun. He’s a really nice guy, really funny.”
Post said proceeds gained from auctioning the chance to hunt with Primos will go toward a variety of programs, including a youth program that brings six Kansas kids to the event, a Wounded Warrior’s fund and college scholarships. So far, the hunt has paid out more than $400,000 in scholarships for Kansas kids.
Vail will be joined by a television crew from the Outdoor Channel to film a segment for an upcoming television series. All three of this year’s Wounded Warriors hunters are from the military.
Several of the hunt’s events are open to the public. From sunrise to 5:30 p.m. on Friday and sunrise to 5 p.m. on Saturday the public can watch birds being measured and scored, and can visit with hunters at the El Dorado Community Building, 206 N. Griffith. Lunches will be sold at the site.
The public can also attend Saturday evening’s One Shot Banquet which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Butler Community College’s Hubbard Welcome Center, 901 S. Haverhill. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 316-321-3835.