Well this whitetail season has been a good one for me here in Kansas, even though I haven’t been able to get that big buck on the ground with my bow. I have seen as many as sixteen different nice racked bucks but I have only seen one really nice buck that I would have shot given the chance.
I have filmed several young but promising bucks at very close range but the one big boy I saw was locked down with a doe about one hundred yards across a field and just would not leave the doe he was with to come to the many different calls I used to try and lure him into bow range. Having a very busy work schedule during the rut didn’t help me at all and the the moon phase during the rut seemed to really have the big boys moving at night and has made for a tough deer season. I had three bucks on my hit list as of early October, but since that time I have not gotten any trail camera pictures of any of those three shooters on my hit list. I hope they make it through the season if I’m not able to get one on the ground by the end of the Kansas whitetail season.
I was able to film myself shooting a big Kansas doe with my bow on Thanksgiving morning, my freezer was empty and I needed to get some meat to help feed my family. She was a big beautiful doe with a very light tan coat and white patches on all of her feet. I have many trail camera pictures of her and had told myself if given the chance I would take her.
Not having a single shooter on my trail cameras since early October has been very puzzling to me and frustrating but I have continued to hunt hard in hopes of catching a big buck cruising looking for does on the 120 acre tract that I hunt here in northeast Kansas. Now that the rut is pretty much winding down and we are having some really cold weather I am focusing on late season food sources. As I write this it is about 17 degrees and snowing, the deer really need carbohydrates to stay warm so I will be hunting somewhere close to corn. If you have late season food sources this time of year it can be a huge advantage to set up near those food sources.
How has your deer hunting been? Have you gotten any whitetails this year? Even though I haven’t been able to take a big buck, I consider this whitetail season to be a success. Just being able to see so many bucks at such close range and be able to film them and to take a big Kansas doe has made it a fun year, anytime I spend in the woods away from the rat race is time well spent. Just to see the sun come up on a cold crisp November morning is a blessing, and one that I will always love.
Send us those pictures of your whitetail season and share your success stories with us, we’d love to hear them. Thanks for stopping by and an early Merry Christmas everyone.
Bow Season Opening Day
Well it’s about three weeks until the whitetail bow season opening day here in Kansas and today I went to check one of my trail cameras and put up a stand. I had put out some Big Tine Fortified Deer Blend about a week ago in this honey hole which is one of my favorite bow hunting spots, and couldn’t wait to see what kind of pictures I had gotten. Because when I first put this camera out as I was riding my four wheeler down the edge of the cornfield coming out I saw a huge buck that I was almost certain was a buck we had named “Tall Tine” and I hadn’t seen him since last October 10th, when he disappeared. I was afraid he had caught EHD and died, but sure as the world when I checked my sd card he was back bigger and better than ever, and I got a ton of pictures of many other bucks as well and one really nice non-typical freak nasty buck with three main beams and about 13 to 15 points.
So now I am really pumped up and ready to get after the big boys and bow season opening day can’t get here soon enough.
How about you have you got your stands up and cameras out? How about food plots? If you planted food plots how are they looking? We have had some decent rain here in the mid-west and it is a lot cooler this year than it was last year at this time. Plus last season was terrible with EHD in Kansas and other states but hopefully the cooler weather and rain will help keep that stuff away this year. I was really worried about there being any big bucks this year because I was afraid EHD had just about wiped them off them out, but it looks like this is going to be a great season, fingers crossed.
I have been practicing with my bow daily, and the Mathews Z7 is shooting so sweet and ready to go! We owe it to the deer to make sure we are able to make good clean shots and practice in all types of conditions so we can be confident when it comes time to take a shot. So lets get out there and practice.
Have a great up-coming deer season everyone.
The deadly disease EHD may have been the cause of this bucks death.
Here in Kansas whitetails were hit hard by the deadly disease EHD and it made for some tough deer hunting. Although I didn’t personally find any dead deer I did get several different reports from local farmers and hunters that found many dead deer. It seems our area was on the outer edge, getting worse as you go north of here of what was supposedly one of the hardest hit areas in Kansas. I talked to an outfitter who found seventeen bucks in one small pond. That had to be heart breaking. I also talked to a friend who was hunting WIHA (walk in hunting access) land that found several big bucks when they were hunting in November, the biggest being aroud 170″. You just hate hearing the stories of all the dead deer being found.
What is the deadly disease EHD? What causes it? Can it be prevented? These are just a few of the questions I had when I heard that it was the cause of the dead deer everyone was finding around here. So I started trying to learn as much as I could about this deadly disease EHD, and these are a few of the things I learned from various sources.
Deadly Disease EHD
- Epizootic hemorrhagic disease the deadly disease EHD is caused by viruses that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, cows, and sheep, but is worse most often for the white-tailed deer
- most commonly occurs during the late summer and early fall usually ends after the first frost
- characterized by extensive hemorrhages
- closely related to the blue-tongue virus
- very high mortality rate
- transmitted by a virus transmitted by a small biting fly genus Culicoides, some call them gnats, midges, no-see-ums, they are a small fly, three species are the primary transmitters of the viruses, the most significant transmitter is Culicoides sonorensis
- high fevers lead deer to water where they lay in it to cool off because of the high fever they eventually become unconscious and die
- not known to infect humans
- worse in abnormally hot, dry summers
- occurs in places that are ideal midge breeding areas – warm, shallow, murky, exposed to direct sun, with muddy bank that is often visited by deer, cattle, or feral hogs
Can EHD Be Prevented?
I found that there are some things you can do to help slow EHD and I’m all for that. I found a great article by Quality Deer Management Association that has some awesome information on ways to help slow EHD in your areas, please go and read this QDMA article and learn ways to help prevent EHD.
EHD is a terrible disease for the white-tailed deer and can really have a huge impact on a herd in certain locations hit hard. If you love whitetails as much as I do it would be smart to learn what can be done to help slow this disease and help spread that information to local farmers, neighbors, hunters, land owners and such.
Links for more Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Information
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