Monster Bucks Galore

Monster Bucks Finalist

Spook Spann emceed the Monster Bucks Classic big buck contest.

The first annual Monster Buck Classic We Are Kansas hunting show was in Topeka this past weekend and it was awesome. We had a great time all weekend long and talk about a lot of big monster bucks.

Monster Bucks At Classic

Monster Bucks Kansas

These two monster bucks won first place for non-typical bow and gun.

Travis "T-Bone" Turner Bone Collector

Travis “T-Bone” Turner Bone Collector.

Little Man Big Dreams Zac Cooper

The Little Man Big Dreams Zac Cooper.

Oh my gosh there was some absolute giants there. There was a big typical monster buck that should be the new Kansas State Record Typical whitetail with a gun(there are some questions about weather or not this buck was legally taken and I will just leave it at that until all the facts come out). He will have to be re-scored in a few days once the 60 day drying period is up and if the buck was legally taken it should be the new #1 typical with a gun in Kansas. He unofficially scored 198 7/8 net. The showroom floor was buzzing when it was announced that a potential Kansas State record whitetail had just been scored. There was a big non-typical monster buck that scored in 250’s gross and netted in the mid 240’s, what a stud. The lucky hunter said they had trail camera pictures of him and had been trying to get him with a bow for a few years but just couldn’t pull it off but this year he took him with a gun. He was an awesome buck for sure. There were so many awesome monster bucks it was unbelievable. The show had a lot of great celebrities also, Spook Spann, Travis “T-Bone” Turner, Lee & Tiffany, Pat & Nicole, Zack Cooper, Dan Thurston were all there. And it was so neat to get to meet them and talk deer hunting with them. They were all so nice and and easy to talk too.

Lee & Tiffany The Crush

Lee & Tiffany The Crush were there meeting people and signing autographs.

There were tons of great vendors with a lot of great products and a lot of great outfitters as well. It was just an all around great show if you love deer hunting. I am already looking forward to next years show. I was fortunate enough to meet the guys running the show and be able to work with them and help them before and during the show and it was a pleasure to meet and work with such a great group of guys and gals. They all worked so hard to bring a great deer hunting show to Kansas and they did just that and I was proud to be a part of it. And I can assure you that they are already working to bring you an even bigger and better show next year. You can visit the official website here for Monster buck Classic.

Deer Hunting Property Just Got Better

Deer Hunting Property South Georgia buck

Our deer hunting property has food water and cover and is a prime location to get big bucks like this one.

I am ready to go deer hunting. Why, you might ask?

Deer Hunting Property

Well today I found out the deer hunting property that I have permission to hunt across the road from where I live, the lady came over today and told me they will be planting in a yearly rotation corn, soybeans and wheat.  The property I have permission to hunt butts up to this property where the crops will be planted. And the property that butts up to the other end already is planted in crops every year. So where I hunt will have crops on both ends. It is a beautiful hardwood ridge with two creeks running through it. And a nice thick bedding area. It was already a great piece of property but the new crops on it will definitely improve it tremendously. The biggest problem I have with this is I have to rethink my stand situation.

I plan on going tomorrow and doing some post season scouting and some shed hunting. When I am scouting I will be considering some different stand locations and how the new crops will change the whitetails patterns. I have got a couple of places in mind for stands.

Scouting With Google Earth

I have been studying the land on Google Earth and I see a couple of funnel areas that would be a great spot to ambush a big cruising buck checking the feeding areas for does in estrous. If you haven’t tried Google Earth to scout your properties you might want to check it out it could save you some time scouting.

I was at Cabelas today and I bought some Whitetail Institute 30-06 mineral supplement  and I am going to establish a new salt/mineral lick spot. I also got a great deal on a Moultrie I65 Game Spy and I am going to put it out so we can watch them big bucks grow those antlers throughout the spring and summer. I am so pumped up and looking forward to going deer hunting this year.

Mathews Z7

One of the other reasons I am stoked is I got my new Mathews Z7 today and it is sweet. I have a broken shoulder and a torn rotator cuff and will be having surgery next week and I won’t  be able to shoot it for quite some time after that, so even though my shoulder is hurt I just had to shoot it today. And let me tell you I was impressed. The Z7 has a very smooth draw cycle and is quiet as quiet as a church mouse. It is all nice and fast too. I can’t say enough good things about this bow. If you are in the market for a new bow I would definitely recommend giving the Mathews Z7 a look.

sweet shooting bow

If you are in the market for a new bow I recommend giving the Mathews Z7 a look.

 

Baiting Southern Zone Georgia

baiting corn pile

Baiting is a controversial topic.

How do you feel about baiting? I have lived here in Kansas for two years now and baiting is legal here and somehow it just doesn’t feel right doing it deer hunting.

Baiting

supplemental feeding

Baiting deer is legal in some states.

I grew up deer hunting in Georgia mainly in the northern zone some in the southern zone, and for thirty plus years I have hunted without the use of bait. During all those years I have done just fine without it.  Now that I am in Kansas where it is legal I have hunted over bait and it just doesn’t seem right. I’m not saying I won’t do it again, I will but it just is not something that I am used to doing.The one good thing that baiting does is provide the whitetails food during the harsh winter months when they are struggling to survive the extreme conditions. For the first time in my life I saw a deer that was laying there about to die from the extreme conditions and it wasn’t something I enjoyed seeing. That being said you can supplemental feed without deer hunting over it. But then there is the issue of spreading disease while supplemental feeding. When you have animals eating from the same place how can you not risk spreading disease?   Well it looks like baiting may become a reality in the southern zone in Georgia. I know this is a very sensitive topic and many people have many different opinions on the subject. How do you feel about it?

Food Plots

On a different note are you planting any food plots this spring? Planting food sources and hunting the food sources is the best way to hunt in my book. Do you get soil samples of your food plot areas before you plant them? If you don’t you may not be getting the most out of your food plots. Soil samples are inexpensive and easy to do and  make a big difference in the quality of your plots. It’s not to late to get those soil samples if you plan on planting this spring. If you don’t have the resources to plant food plots on property that you hunt then the more post season scouting you can do to locate food sources and bedding areas and travel corridors in between the more prepared you will be when the season rolls around. I have found a great way to find prime spots is using google earth. You can really locate bottlenecks and other key areas such as hardwoods and bedding areas. If you haven’t tried it you might want to give it a try. You might be surprised how handy of a scouting tool it can be.