Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Posts Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:04:22 GMT Exploring the Kanza Rail-Trails http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/25/Exploring-the-Kanza-Rail-Trails/3056/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/1259.JPG'/><br/> Driving from the west into the eastern part of Kansas, the landscape changes from high plains to rolling wooded hills,&nbsp;and&nbsp;the Flint Hills in between. Headed northeast, specifically to Lyndon, Kansas, we set out on a mission to experience and explore the Kanza Rail-Trails on horseback. Dedicated to converting old railroad lines into public access trails, the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy is made up of volunteers and interested citizens working together to develop trails that merge the historic importance of the old railroad lines with the beautiful scenery of Kansas.&nbsp; Thu, 25 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/25/Exploring-the-Kanza-Rail-Trails/3056/ Blue Catfish Success at El Dorado Lake http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/19/Blue-Catfish-Success-at-El-Dorado-Lake/3053/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/blues1.jpg'/><br/> In the summer of 2011, an 80 lb flathead catfish was caught and documented by biologists who were electro-fishing in El Dorado Reservoir. In August of 2012, the new state record blue catfish was pulled from the Missouri river in northeast Kansas, weighing 102.8 lbs. With these two special events, the catfish of Kansas have become something of a legend. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/19/Blue-Catfish-Success-at-El-Dorado-Lake/3053/ Walk-In Hunting Areas: Opportunities for Every Hunter http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/14/Walk-In-Hunting-Areas-Opportunities-for-Every-Hunter/3012/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/WIHAlandscape2.jpg'/><br/> Hunting requires hard work, intense preparation and dedicated focus to reach success. It also offers the adrenaline rush, the satisfaction and all the rewards that come with any popular sports season. &nbsp;Essentially, that is what makes hunting so addictive, and keeps hunters in the outdoors season after season, and year after year. The challenges are worth the rewards. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/14/Walk-In-Hunting-Areas-Opportunities-for-Every-Hunter/3012/ Controlled Shooting Areas - Making the Most of Upland Bird Hunting in Kansas http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/19/Controlled-Shooting-Areas---Making-the-Most-of-Upland-Bird-Hunting-in-Kansas-/3007/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/pheasanthunting1.jpg'/><br/> One advantage of the many hunting opportunities in Kansas is the anticipation of looking forward to the next season and the next big opening day. Some seasons offer boisterous camaraderie with other outdoorsmen, while other hunts require patience and a complete disconnect with the rest of the world. Regardless of the season or the experiences that come from it, most hunters simply revel in the opportunity to be outdoors. The best hunting trips have a way of getting into the blood and creating a stream of never-ending enthusiasm, so it's no big surprise that most hunters live for their favorite seasons.&nbsp; Tue, 19 Feb 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/19/Controlled-Shooting-Areas---Making-the-Most-of-Upland-Bird-Hunting-in-Kansas-/3007/ Furbearing and Trapping in Kansas http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/30/Furbearing-and-Trapping-in-Kansas/3001/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/DSC000201.JPG'/><br/> Kansas is well known for quality hunting and fishing opportunities. With plentiful numbers of wildlife, furharvesting and trapping are outdoor activities that while often overlooked, are an important part of our culture. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/30/Furbearing-and-Trapping-in-Kansas/3001/ Waterfowl Wonderland http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/8/Waterfowl-Wonderland/2995/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/ainsley-calling-ducks1.jpg'/><br/> &nbsp; &nbsp;As the sun rises over the water, the silhouettes of the decoys begin to take shape, contrasted with the muted pinks and blues in the sky. Huddled in a brush-covered blind, we impatiently wait for the first birds of the morning, hearing their calls long before we can see them. The birds have been flying consistently, and with greater numbers each day. Even though the temperature is close to freezing this morning, enthusiasm is still running rampant.&nbsp; Tue, 08 Jan 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/8/Waterfowl-Wonderland/2995/ Kansas: A Migratory Destination http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/13/Kansas-A-Migratory-Destination/2974/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/goose-hunting-morning1.jpg'/><br/> &nbsp;As part of the Central Flyway, an established migration route for waterfowl through the Great Plains region, Kansas lays claim to some impressive waterfowl hunting opportunities. As the weather starts cooling down for the year and the migratory birds start flying south, the waterfowl populations in Kansas start growing. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/13/Kansas-A-Migratory-Destination/2974/ Kansas: A Bow Hunter’s Delight http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/15/Kansas-A-Bow-Hunter-s-Delight/2874/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/alex2.jpg'/><br/>Deer hunting&nbsp;is so many different things to different people. It's a source of food, a tradition, a sport, or simply a way to find peace and quiet in a crazy world. All of these things play a part in why I keep hunting year after year, but the biggest draw for me are the actual deer themselves.&nbsp; Thu, 15 Nov 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/15/Kansas-A-Bow-Hunter-s-Delight/2874/ Numbers Vary, but Fun is Steady – Upland Bird Hunting in Kansas http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/11/Numbers-Vary-but-Fun-is-Steady-Upland-Bird-Hunting-in-Kansas-/2741/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Hunting1.jpg'/><br/> Frosted stubble, crisp morning air and tremors of excitement define opening morning of pheasant and quail season in Kansas. By far one of the most popular seasons in ... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/11/Numbers-Vary-but-Fun-is-Steady-Upland-Bird-Hunting-in-Kansas-/2741/ Southeast Kansas Strip Mines, An Outdoorsman's Paradise http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/13/Southeast-Kansas-Strip-Mines-An-Outdoorsman-s-Paradise/2645/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/strip-mines.jpeg'/><br/> Southeast Kansas is home to some of the most secluded, yet compelling, fishing opportunities in all of Kansas.&nbsp; Known as the Mined Land Wildlife Area, almost 14,500 acres of land and over 200 lakes are home to several species of fish, from catfish and largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish and bluegill, to brown and rainbow trout.This area offers ideal fishing and extraordinary wildlife opportunities.&nbsp; Thu, 13 Sep 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/13/Southeast-Kansas-Strip-Mines-An-Outdoorsman-s-Paradise/2645/