Deer Season Arrives Kansas

Deer season arrives in some states and will be starting very soon in many.

Deer Season Arrives

Opening day here in Kansas starts this coming Monday September 17th for bow and muzzle-loader, youth is already open. I hope you all have a safe successful deer season. I have already seen quite a few nice bucks being taken and have heard that the the hunting has been great so far. Are you ready for deer season?  I haven’t  seen as many big bucks on my trail cameras so far this year but it could be due to the drought and the whitetails seem to be sticking closer to the water sources. I am confident that as the rut gets closer more big boys will be showing up. Last year the biggest buck I saw all year didn’t show up until late October but when he did he stuck around, so I am confident the closer the rut gets the bigger the bucks will be that are showing up. It should be fun matching wits with these big Kansas brutes again this year. Last year will be hard to top for me I filmed myself shooting a nice 11 pointer deer hunting Kansas and filmed DHBB Pro-Staff member Troy shooting a once in a lifetime buck that would have been very close to a Kansas state record typical with a bow. It was the most exciting hunt I have ever experienced and just seeing a world class animal in the wild was a dream come true.

I have gotten some good trail camera pictures lately and I recently bought a new Moultrie Game Spy M-80 Black Flash game camera and so far I am pleasantly surprised with it. The pictures this camera takes are the best of any camera that I have ever had and the videos are good too. I set the video to a lower setting to preserve the batteries and the night videos are good but the day videos are grainy but I am sure they would be better if I changed the quality of video but I want to save my batteries. I just can’t get over the image quality, they are awesome to say the least. I also like the camera having the black flash the doesn’t spook the deer. It is the most expensive camera that I have, but it also is the nicest camera I have., but it is very reasonably priced if you are looking for a great camera. I would definitely recommend this camera.

I hope we can capture some more great footage like last year to share with you. Have a great year chasing whitetails. Shoot straight and be safe out there.

deer season arrives

I got this buck on trail camera last deer season. I hope he shows up again this year.


Deer Hunting Right Around Corner

Well it won’t be long now and it will be time to go deer hunting. It has been a rough dry hot summer here in the mid-west to say the least. It has been the hottest summer I have ever experienced and we need some rain here in Kansas bad. It has cooled off a little lately though and I have been able to get my stands put up and trail cameras out and I’m just about all set up and ready to do some deer hunting. Fall can’t get here soon enough, I have never been so ready for fall to arrive as I am now.

Putting Out Trail Cameras

I have had some nice bucks on my trail cameras lately and it has been fun watching them grow their antlers.

deer hunting mineral lick site

This great buck is showing up at one of my favorite deer hunting honey holes.

I have several cameras out now and I’m hoping to start getting more pictures of big bucks showing up now that the weather is not so hot. Just this past weekend I put out five more stands and a few more cameras and several Trophy Rocks and I have started feeding them in several of my honey holes so I should start getting more trail camera pictures of some nice whitetails. I have got most of my shooting lanes trimmed and the hard work is mostly done and I can stay out of my spots except to feed them and check trail cameras. I like to only go in to my stand sites during the middle of the day to check trail cameras and put out food for the whitetails. I like there to be as little as possible commotion in the woods during the weeks leading up to and during the season. Those big bucks didn’t get big by being dumb and the less they are disturbed the better in my opinion. I can’t wait to to go deer hunting and try to match wits with these big Kansas bruisers.

My 2011 Kansas Deer

Last season was a great season for me and one that I won’t ever forget. I was able to film my self shooting a big Kansas 11 pointer in October.I wanted to share the video of my Kansas buck here.

Potential Kansas State Record Typical Whitetail With A Bow

Also I filmed my good buddy and fellow DHBB Pro-Staffer Troy Redner shoot what we believe would have been very close to a Kansas state record typical whitetail with a bow. Unfortunately we never found the buck we named “Horn Donkey”. He was by far the biggest buck I have ever seen when in the woods. I was also able to film several other nice bucks last season and it made for a wonderful season for me here in Kansas. Now I am looking forward to getting some more great whitetail footage this season to share with you. It should be another great year.

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Jake Deer Hunting Kansas Scores

I wanted to share a story my friend DHBB Pro-Staffer Jake sent me about a great buck he took deer hunting Kansas with his friend Marc this past season. You just got to love deer hunting Kansas bucks. A well placed 40 yard shot from Jake’s Mathews Drenalin resulted in a great buck for him and I’m sure is a memory that they won’t ever forget. That’s what makes being in the great outdoors with family and friends so special is you make so many great memories that you remember forever.

Deer Hunting Kansas

Jakes mid-west whitetail

Jake took this great buck deer hunting Kansas with Marc. His gross score was 162 6/8″ and netted 151 3/8″.

A Good Friend, Hard Work, the Reward
By: Jake Artzer
In late May 2011 I received a phone call from a friend of mine.  The purpose of that phone call was to invite me down to hunt his 3500 acre farm with him.  Marc and I met about three years prior, through my fiance who is friends with Marc ‘s sister.  After meeting him I quickly learned he had a passion for hunting whitetails, and needless to say, we hit it off and always kept in touch about how our seasons were going.  This year Marc really wanted to learn more about his property and invited me to come down and hunt with him.  I had been struggling to find land to hunt on that wasn’t overrun with other people always messing with the way I hunted it… so I jumped at the opportunity!

2011 Kansas bow kill

Whitetails like this brute can be a tough challenge to kill with a bow.

In June of 2011 our first priority on this particular land was to establish a clover food plot adjacent to the bean field that we would be hunting.  We believed there were good bucks in the area.  After running trail cameras for a few weeks our suspicion of the area was revealed to be true, with a citing of a true world class white-tail buck.  At that point, we knew we were in the right area to begin our search for a deer that was worthy of our Kansas tags.  Unable to seal the deal during muzzle-loader season on that particular buck, it was time to change strategies for bow season.  During the next month and a half we had multiple encounters with some really great deer, just never within bow range, until…….
The morning of November 20th, 2011, was a cold, crisp morning with a strong north wind.  My hunting partner Marc and I were contemplating which stands to hunt.  After observing the latest sign and going through trail camera pictures, we both agreed that our corner stand and our food plot stand needed to be hunted.  As we quietly exited the truck we sprayed down with our evolved 3D scent eliminating spray and made our way to our respective stand locations.  The plan we imposed was that Marc would hunt the corner stand guarding the freshest scrapes in the feed field the deer were frequenting.  I would be perched 15 feet high in a ladder stand that was along an inner property fence line, which the deer used to cruise and look for doe’s.  Right before we went our separate ways, I looked at Marc and said, “It’s time we get rewarded for all of our hard work.”  After we exchanged a fist bump and a good luck, I climbed into my stand and settled in for the mornings hunt and Marc made his way into his stand site and got set up.
Only an hour had passed before I witnessed a broken-up buck with a big body making his way toward Marc’s location.  I observed the buck make two scrapes and then exit the field.  Only a short time later, my back was beginning to ache a little bit so I decided to stretch.  I started to stand up in my stand and in mid-stretch, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a heavy, tall rack not 50 yards from my location coming through the plumb thicket.  Immediately, I knew he was a shooter.  Keeping my eyes on the buck at all times, I slowly reached for my bow.  As I got the bow in my hands, the buck moved into a clearing and turned broadside.  I almost had the bow in firing position when the buck became nervous, so I stopped and waited for him to relax.  Just as he looked away for a split second, I was able to get my bow into position and clip my Scott release onto my D loop of my Matthews Drenalin and came to full draw.

deer hunting Kansas buck

Jake deer hunting Kansas put this beautiful Kansas whitetail down for the count with his Mathews Drenalin.

Knowing the buck was standing near one of my pre-ranged locations, I knew he was at 40 yards.  As I settled the pin on his heart I squeezed off my 382 grain gold tip XT hunter arrow, tipped with a 100 grain thunderhead broadhead.  The arrow buried into the buck right behind the shoulder.  The buck made a mad dash directly down the fence line from where he had approached.  After a few minutes passed, I decided it was time to give Marc a call and give him the news we both had been anticipating the whole season.  When he answered the phone he knew something had to be up because little did I know, Marc had seen the buck I just ran an arrow through, walking down a fence line toward my location, but it was too far for him to get a shot.  I told Marc I had shot a good one.  We decided to rendezvous back at the truck and make our next move from there.  After speaking with Marc we concluded that after I had shot the deer, he saw a heavy body walking really slow back down the fence line from where the deer was shot.  I immediately I got a sick feeling in my stomach, because in my mind I felt like the deer should have ran until he fell.  Knowing I made a good shot relieved my stress a little bit.  But as any hunter knows, I began to second guess myself.  We decided to give the buck an hour or two before tracking.  After about an hour the anticipation was killing both of us so we picked up the blood trail.  After picking up the blood trail for just a few short yards, I knew the buck had to be down because there was a significant amount of pink frothy blood.  We had been tracking for about 60 yards when Marc grabbed me by the jacket and said “Dude, there’s your buck.”  What relief those words brought to me!!  I took my eyes off the blood trail and looked up in the direction he was pointing and saw a massive body with a huge rack on the ground.  As we approached the downed buck I realized he was a much bigger deer than I had initially thought.  As I stood humbled at the sheer size of this majestic creature, I couldn’t do anything but stare at it.  Finally, after about 30 seconds of silence, I let out a whoo-hoo that shook the timber around us.  Marc encouraged me to grab my trophy and claim him.  The first thing I did was thank Marc for allowing me to hunt with him.  We took a few quick pictures on our cell phones and began to send them to everyone we knew.  Then the grueling job of dragging this beast out of the deep creek bottom, in which the buck had made his final resting place, began.  After about a half hour of dragging this buck around trees and plumb thickets we finally got him in the back of the truck.
After exchanging I don’t know how many high fives, we began making our rounds to show off my trophy.  We both guessed the main framed nine-point buck to gross in the 150’s.  When we finally got to caping him out, my cousin who is my taxidermist, put a tape to him to try to confirm of all our guesses of the size of this brute.  He ended scoring bigger than any of us had expected him to.  His gross score was 162 6/8″ and netted 151 3/8.”  He tipped the scales right at 200 pounds field dressed and was aged at 5 1/2 years old.
As I sit here writing this, I can’t help but feel anxious about next season.  Marc wasn’t able to notch his buck tag this year, but he did have plenty of encounters that make the anticipation for next year that much greater.  We have already started planning for next season and are in the process of building and setting up more stand sites.  Even though we didn’t get our huge non-typical that we had on trail cam, we both deemed this season a success, and with any luck the buck will be there next year.  This was a season I will never forget, and it all started with good friends, along with a lot of hard work in the Kansas summer heat, but the reward was all worth it!!  Good luck to all you whitetail enthusiasts next season!

Thanks for letting me share your story Jake, and congratulations on a fine buck.