Eighteen Point Kansas Bow Buck

Kansas bow buck

18 point northeast Kansas whitetail

I wanted to finally share the story of my 2014 18 point Kansas bow buck from last season that I was lucky enough to kill with my Mathews Z7 bow. It was one of my shortest hunts and most exciting.

Kansas Bow Buck

It was early November and I had been watching several nice bucks on my trail cameras and had been keeping an eye on one buck in particular, he was the biggest one I had on camera last season and a friend of mine named him “Stickers”. He was a main frame ten with split brows on the right and double brows on the left, and he had a bunch of kickers. He just had a ton of character and would be a great Kansas bow buck. I had been feeding him and about 10 other bucks a special blend of minerals all spring and summer. Knowing I would probably be transferring to Kentucky at any time I had made the easy decision to take “Stickers” if I was lucky enough to see the big brute and be able to get a good shot at him. A friend of mine Brian who also had permission to hunt across the road from where I lived had called me one evening and asked me to go hunting the next morning and with a nice cold front coming in I knew all the conditions were perfect to hunt my portable stand I had hung behind my house in the location I was getting tons of trail camera pictures of Stickers.

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Kansas Bow Buck Stickers in velvet.

The next morning I got up and showered and ate and got my gear and walked about 300 yards behind the house and made my way up the tree in my portable. I ran some deer out when I walked in and I thought I had messed up when they started blowing at me. I got set up and settled in. The temperature was in the low 40’s and the wind was light and out of the northwest and I was hoping to get a big Kansas bow buck. After it had just been daylight for a little while  I heard grunting coming from a nearby field. The leaves were still on the trees so I couldn’t see good, but I saw what I could tell was a huge bodied buck out in the field even though I couldn’t see his antlers. I got my grunt call and gave him three short but firm grunts, and it was on like donkey kong. I couldn’t see him after that but he made a huge splash through the creek coming straight towards me like he was on a string. When he got close all I could see was his nose to the ground and that big rack coming to me. I knew he was a shooter so I drew back and it was to thick to get a shot and he stopped right behind the tree I was in and I was only about ten feet from him. I had to let off my draw before he stopped behind the tree and when I did my arrow made a slight noise and he stopped, that’s when I started to get buck fever and I had to regain my composure.  I told myself he’s going to walk in a second and when he does draw back and ease to the left slowly and he will be in the clear. Sure enough he started walking and got in the clear about ten yards and stopped. When I went to put my pin on him there were two small trees in the kill zone but there was enough room to place a carbon arrow tipped with a 100 grain G5 Montec for a double lung shot. When I squeezed that trigger on my release the sound that arrow made was sweet and he walked about 50 yards and crashed. I had just taken my biggest buck ever and I was pumped. I started texting my buddies and telling them the news.18 point archery whitetail

I didn’t know it until later after checking a trail camera my buddy Brian had gone in to one of my stands across the road to hunt and trail cameras confirm Stickers was in the area when Brian walked in and he possibly gave him a little nudge in my direction. It was a quick hunt but one of the most exciting I had ever been on in 34 years of hunting. There isn’t anything that can compare to taking a monster whitetail with a bow.

2014 archery mountBow season is just around the corner, or at least I keep telling myself that. I haven’t posted in a long while due to a recent job transfer from Kansas to Kentucky. I sure am going to miss the awesome whitetail hunting in our backyard in Kansas, but I am excited to hunt a state I have never hunted before in Kentucky. And just a few minutes ago my wife called me to look out the window and there was a big beautiful doe feeding in the edge of the woods in our backyard here in Kentucky.

Monster Bucks Make Classic Impressive

Kansas non-typical

200″ Kansas non-typical on display at Kansas Monster Buck Classic.

The annual Monster Buck Classic We Are Kansas deer hunting extravaganza was a great show and yes there were plenty of Kansas monster bucks.

Monster Bucks

The doors opened Friday afternoon at the ExpoCentre in Topeka on January 26, 2014 to a good crowd of avid deer hunters and vendors and it was a fun filled weekend. With the name Monster Buck Classic the deer hunting show lived up to it’s name and there were plenty of big Kansas brutes to be seen.

The Monster buck contest had some awesome entries and there was a new King of Kansas non-typical crowned as Lucas Cochren’s 238 4/8″ King of Kansas Non-Typical fell to the a non-typical buck taken by Cade Hays with a net score of 239 7/8″, a small 1 and 1/8 inches difference! Both are awesome bucks.

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Locked monster bucks.

There was so many great venders this year with some really cool hunting products. I saw so many good deer hunting products and will definitely be getting a few of them to get ready for next season. One of my favorite products was the INFERNOEPS™ element protection system. It is a cold weather suit that easily makes into a backpack and I tell you I was impressed with all the features. Hopefully I will be able to do a product review on this bad boy, very nice. If you get a chance go by and check out INFERNOTEK.

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Heartland Bowhunter and Major League Bowhunter at Monster Buck Classic.

There were many great seminars and and the headliners were Mike Hunsucker and the Heartland Bowhunter tv show cast, Matt and Jessie Duff co-hosts the popular Friends of NRA television show on the Outdoor Channel, Grant Woods wildlife biologist, Miss Kansas Theresa Vail, Dan Thurston of Drury’s Bow Madness, Torry Cook world champion predator caller, Steven Fuller host of “The Huntin Grounds”, Zac Cooper Little man big dreams, Marian Kincaid of the television reality series “Mudcats”.

Miss Kansas Theresa Vail

Miss Kansas Theresa Vail at Monster Buck Classic.

Matt and Jessie Duff

Matt and Jessie Duff with my father-in-law Bill at the Monster Buck Classic.

It was nice to get to know some of them a little and talk deer hunting. And one of my favorite events was the celebrity bow shoot. Dan Thurston, Matt Duff, Mike Hunsucker and the Heartland Bowhunter crew all did some great shooting with there bows. Matt Duff did great even though he borrowed someone else’s bow to shoot.

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Kings of Kansas monster bucks at Monster Buck Classic.

We had a great time at the Monster buck Classic this year and look forward to another great show next year. I’m already getting ready for next deer season and plan on doing all I can to get a big Kansas brute with my bow on film and hopefully he’ll be big enough to take one of the King of Kansas crowns. I might as well dream big!


Non Typical King of Kansas Whitetail Crowned

It was a great deer hunting show in Topeka January 24-26 at the Monster Buck Classic, the big news was a new non typical king of Kansas whitetail was crowned. The big buck is a beautiful whitetail that all deer hunters dream about taking some day. The Monster Buck Classic had some impressive bucks brought in over the 3 day event. It is always fun to see all the monster Kansas bucks brought in to be scored and some entered into the Monster buck contest.

Non Typical King of Kansas Whitetail

Cade Hays King of Kansas Non-Typical

Non Typical King of Kansas Whitetail

The reigning champ Lucas Cochren’s 238 4/8″ King of Kansas Non-Typical fell to the new reigning King of Kansas Non-Typical buck killed by Cade Hays with a gross Boone & Crockett score of 247″ and net score of 239 7/8″, only a slight difference of  1 and 1/8 inches! Talk about close. Cade had a video from a trail camera of the big brute rubbing a tree and had the actual tree as a pedestal to hold the mount, it was really impressive.

Both Lucas and Cade’s bucks are amazing bucks and are once in a lifetime bucks. Congratulations to both of them for taking such beautiful bucks!

King of Kansas Typical

Don Parr’s King of Kansas typical.

Don Parr’s Typical King of Kansas another amazing monster buck held on as the King of Kansas typical (194 6/8 net) for at least another year. What a stud typical buck, congratulations to Don for retaining the King of Kansas typical once again. To see this buck in person is just really impressive, the G2’s and 3’s are just crazy long.

It will be fun to see how long the King of Kansas bucks can hang on to their crowns. One thing is for sure when it comes to monster bucks Kansas has them. So you never know what you might see show up at the “Monster buck Classic We Are Kansas” deer hunting show next year.

Lucas Cochran's King of Kansas non-typical

Lucas Cochran’s former King of Kansas non-typical