I don't hunt that area, but my fiances brother-in-law lives about 30miles south of Manhattan, and he has some nice mounts (couple typical 15 pointers), which direction from Manhattan will you be hunting? Good luck! Should be some nice deer in the area...
It is about 10 miles east of there, this land hasnt been hunted in 5 to 10 years, so Im really hoping there will be some nice bucks. It borders right up to the river, will roughly 500 acres of hardwoods, pasture and rolling hills. There is no agriculture on the land, which concerns me, but hopefully they are still using it for bedding areas & travel routes.
I'm from that area, I've hunted around there a lot. There isn't the high density of deer like in other areas, but I truley think the next world record will come from that area. There are some brutes in the Flint Hills, that is for sure.
Here is an inexpenive and effective deer feeder I made recently.
No batteries to go dead, no hoisting it up in the tree, plenty of capacity, very easy to fill - so far, I love it.
I have made two of these and they are easy to build.
An empty 55 gallon drum, some 2x4's, some PVC tubing and fittings, a little bit of hardware and some paint - and you are ready to go.
I designed it so you can stand on the lower rung and fill it - the top is about 6.5 feet above the ground.
It holds about 375...