Well it is almost time for the second annual Monster Buck Classic We Are Kansas deer hunting show, it will be held January 25-27 at the ExpoCentre in Topeka Kansas. It should be a great weekend for the whole family, last years show was awesome and this years show should be even better. There will be a lot of great activities and great vendors and plenty of fun activities for the children. It will be a great show for all of us who love deer hunting.
Monster Buck Classic
Monster Buck Classic deer hunting show Topeka Kansas.
Here are some of the great things you can enjoy at this years show.
Monster Buck Contest: The announcement of each category winner for the 2013 deer hunting season will be Sunday and they could crown a new King of Kansas Typical or Non-typical should someone enter, qualify and win. Last year the first ever King of Kansas Typical and Non-Typical bucks were crowned. Lucas Cochren’s 242 inch brute is the reigning King of Kansas Non-Typical and Rachelle Karl’s 182 1/8 inch bruiser is the reigning King of Kansas Typical. Will they keep their crown for another year or will one or both of these Monster Bucks will be overcome by a bigger buck? It will be exciting to see!
Professional hunter appearances and seminars:
Lee and Tiffany Lakosky “The Crush”
Dan Thurston “Drury’s Bow Madness”
Zac Cooper “Little Man, Big Dreams”
Troy Landry of the television series “Swamp People”
The Antler Collector- The world’s largest free range shed collection
Dave’s West Texas Rattlesnake Show
Jerry Boyles 3-D Bow Range and Pop Up Course
Awesome kids venue:
Tim Wright and the Pellet Range
The Monster Buck Classic tattoo parlor
New for this year is the Bunge Trampoline and Giant Super Slide (these attractions have a fee to participate)
Russell Whiles Entertainment presents Laser Shot Shooting Simulator and Paintball Target (there is a fee to play these games)
Glenna Cane face painting (small fee for this)
T.H.E. Kids Bow
“The Redneck A Blind A Day Giveaway”:
They will be giving one away each day of the event. During the 2013 Monster Buck Classic each attendee will have the opportunity to take home a Redneck Blind, a $3,000.00 value.
As you can see it is going to be a great weekend of deer hunting fun, so if you get a chance come on out and enjoy the show. I am ready to see some big ole Monster Bucks! For more information on the show please visit the official website Monster Buck Classic.
The season may just be over or just about to be over but start preparing now if you want to increase your odds next season hunting big deer. There are many different things to help you do this and each hunter will have different things that will help him or her. I would like to share a few of things that have helped me over the years. The thing is make you a plan and start executing that plan now.
One of the biggest factors I believe is, there have to be trophy bucks where you hunt to be able to kill trophy bucks. The more brutes you have in the area the better your chances are. It doesn’t matter if you are on private or public land with a little homework, hard work and preparation you can increase your odds of taking taking big deer.
Grow Big Deer
I have hunted public and private land over the years and preparation is the key on both. Whitetail habitat and quality deer management are key factors that make a huge difference key factors that make a huge difference deer hunting. If you hunt public land make sure it has good whitetail habitat and if you hunt private land practice quality management. The Quality Deer Management Association is a great resource to help you learn to manage your property and herd.
I took this big deer in Illinois.
If you plan on hunting public land do your homework and hunt the places that have high success rate of hunters taking trophy bucks. Years ago I put in for a very tough draw hunt in Georgia and although it took me three years to get drawn I finally got it done and killed a nice nine pointer. It was a three day, seventy five hunter quota and I was the only hunter to kill a buck and it was all because I did my homework and was determined. I increased my odds by being where there were a good number of trophy bucks and I prepared.
Here is a list of some things that will help you prepare for next season.
Locate Prime Whitetail Properties: Locate properties known to have good whitetail habitat and get access to hunt them.
Scouting: Scouting is a great way to help you increase your odds and the inter-net can help you find whitetail hot spots before ever stepping foot on a certain piece of property. You can locate pinch points, saddles, travel corridors, water, elevation changes etc.. Google Earth is a great way to scout properties and help you figure out where to start your search once you arrive to do you scouting on foot and can save you a ton of time and walking. Once I do my inter-net inter-net scouting and first foot scout a piece of new property I like to walk the complete boundary and look for trails entering or leaving the property and try to figure out where those trails are leading to and from and why. Don’t over scout, keep human activity to a minimum, the less they have to deal with you the safer they feel and the better your chances are of seeing a monster.
Equipment Checklist: Having good equipment is a must and making an making an equipment checklist will help you prioritize what equipment you need to upgrade or purchase. By doing this early you can get the things you need throughout the year and not have to purchase it all right before the season and it won’t take a chunk out of your wallet at one time.
Archery Practice: You need to practice, practice, and practice some more. Simulate hunting conditions when practicing such as shooting from elevated spots, wear the clothing you will be wearing in the field, shoot at life size targets and practice shooting in all weather conditions etc…
Quality Deer Management: Learn about and implement strong quality deer management practices where you hunt. Plant food plots, implement supplemental feeding programs, manage the herd with antler restrictions and manage buck to doe ratio etc…
Trail Cameras: Use trail cameras to help you survey your bucks and to help you decide the best locations to place stands.
Hunting Tips And Techniques: Learn as much as you can about whitetails behaviors and feeding habits. Learn tips and techniques from the pros by attending seminars at hunting shows to help you in the field. Learn whitetail vocalizations and what they are saying when they make those sounds and learn how and when to make those sounds.
Get Fit: The better shape you are in the better hunter you will be.
Deer Stand Preparation And Concealment: Get your stands put out early and leave the area alone. Make sure you stands give you plenty of cover when you are in them.
These are just a few things to help you get ready, the season will be here before you know it. If you are like me you are already wishing opening day was here. By starting to prepare early you can give your self a much better chance at getting that buck of a lifetime when next season rolls around. When you get that buck of a lifetime all that hard work and preparation will be worth it… I promise!
I wanted to share a hunt I filmed during the 2011 season in Kansas, preparation helped us to get a shot at this once in a lifetime buck.
Deer season is over here in Kansas except for an extended firearms season in a small area in northeast Kansas.
Is the deer season over where you hunt? Did you get that big buck you where after? If so send us some pictures to share with our readers. It was a good deer season for us here in Kansas, but it was tough. We were hit by EHD pretty hard and it made for some really tough hunting and there were not a lot of big bucks to be found on the properties that I was hunting. I was still able to film myself shooting a nice buck with a bow but he was no monster by Kansas standards for sure. Hopefully next year will be better but we will just have to wait and see.
The Kansas deer season is over for 2012.
The DHBB forum has had some issues lately but I think we have them fixed and it should be up and running now. If you get a chance stop by and check it out. You can share hero pictures, share trail camera pictures, talk deer hunting. You can also buy or sell hunting equipment, buy or sell video equipment and more. So stop by and check out the DHBB Forum if you get a chance.
We have had two snowstorms the past couple of weeks here in Kansas and this time of year can be tough on whitetails. Food sources become harder and harder to come by, that’s why if you can plant food plots and implement some type of supplemental feeding you can really help the overall health of your deer herd. The more quality food whitetails have during the cold months of winter the better. Does are pregnant and need nutrition for their babies and bucks are trying to recover from the rut and gain back the weight they lost chasing those does. I have been putting out corn for the deer behind my house because there just isn’t much food for them this time of year. Year before last I saw a doe that was staving and freezing to death and it wasn’t pretty.
I plan on doing some coyote hunting in the next couple of weeks, I have seen quite a few lately, I guess the cold snowy weather gets them moving more looking for food. I’m gonna see if I can’t thin them out a little.