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Fishing in the pits is not the pits

McCUNE – Mined and marred brutally for decades, the Mined Land Wildlife Area was a part of southeast Kansas considered nearly worthless not many years ago. In the early 1980s, about 8,000 acres was given to the state by the coal mining company that contributed to the mess.

Outdoor schedule (June 1)


Some hunting to go forward at Quivira

After about three years of discussions, research and public input, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that limited deer and turkey hunting will be allowed at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

Caves, cliffs greet visitors to Kanopolis State Park

Six horseback riders crossed a tallgrass savannah, then had hilltop views of a sprawling lake.

Outdoor calendar (May 25)


Registration open for Eagle fishing clinic June 14

The Wichita Eagle’s 13th annual Kids Fishing Clinic is June 14 at Chisholm Creek Park as part of the Great Plains Nature Center’s Walk with Wildlife.

Michael Pearce: Kids fishing clinic on its way

Registrations are coming in for the June 14 Wichita Eagle Kids Fishing Clinic. The kids who are coming aren’t the only ones experiencing great anticipation.

Kanopolis still sends home the walleye

KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR – Bob Roberts spent a few hours with a pair of old friends Thursday afternoon.

Outdoor calendar (May 18)


Kansan’s book aims to help new anglers enjoy fishing

The action was slow for three regulars at the pay-dock at Rock Creek Marina. None had caught a crappie for about 15 minutes.

Website rates three Kansas parks among best

A recent online article by The Active Times ranks three Kansas state parks amid “36 Stunning U.S. State Parks.” The media group said they considered about 7,500 U.S. state parks for the article.

Brownback signs bill aimed to prevent federal regulation of lesser prairie chicken

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill meant to prevent federal regulation of the lesser prairie chicken, his office announced Saturday.

Outdoor calendar (May 11)


Drought will affect spring pheasant numbers

When pheasant season ended Jan. 31, Zac Eddy had high hopes for this spring’s hatch, based on the number of birds he’d seen and the quality of the habitat. Now he’s not as optimistic.

Family Fishing Night set for Thursday at Chisholm Creek Park

Registrations are being accepted for Thursday’s Family Fishing Night at Chisholm Creek Park.

Crappie spawn makes for successful fishing at Elk City

ELK CITY RESERVOIR – Chances are J.R. Dunn has been fishing more times in the past month than 9-year-old Taylie McKlintic has in her life. While he has some of the best equipment money can buy, and knows how to masterfully use it, the girl’s rod and reel probably cost less than a handful of Dunn’s favorite lures.

Michael Pearce: Turkeys are worth the time

“The three greatest gifts God ever gave me are a wonderful woman, smooth sipping whisky and two-year-old turkeys.”

Outdoors calendar (May 4)

May 17-18 — 3D Shoot, Ninnescah Bowhunters, 8 a.m. trickle start, for more information go to www.ninnescahbowhunters.com.

Planned El Dorado shooting range moves forward

Seth Turner is planning on central Kansas shooters having a new place to practice with rifles and handguns within about two years. Turner, El Dorado State Park manager, said plans are progressing for a shooting range at the park.

Elk City State Park offers peace and quiet, hiking and fishing

Through ancient forests and past boulders the size of small houses, a trail winds through stone passages so tight hikers may wish they had eaten fewer pancakes for breakfast – while at the same time wishing they had eaten more as they tackled another taxing climb.

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