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.
After a long hot summer bow season is almost upon us here in Kansas. This morning bow season starts in Georgia and a lot of my friends are headed to the woods to get after those big bucks. I can’t wait to see some of the pictures of the big boys taken on opening day, I have already seen several huge bucks taken in Kentucky this bow season. Fall is by far my favorite time of the year with college football, deer hunting and cooler weather it just doesn’t get any better than that.
Drought Conditions Tough On Deer
It has been so dry here in the mid-west this summer even though the last couple of weeks we have gotten some much needed rain. For a while the deer seemed to be concentrated near water, which one of the places I have permission to hunt didn’t have water on it and the deer were pretty much staying near a pond a quarter mile away, but with the recent rain and the creeks having water in them now I have been seeing more deer.
Bucks On Trail Camera
I have been getting some nice bucks on trail camera, one buck in particular we named “Tall Tine 8″ he is the biggest buck I have on camera this year so far and he is the first one to be out of velvet, all the other bucks I’ve seen are still in velvet. Most of the pictures I am getting of bucks they are all still in bachelor groups but I bet they will be going their own separate ways a little more in the next few weeks. I haven’t seen any light sparring but expect to see some in the next few weeks.
Hunter Safety Is Top Priority
It is an exciting time of the year and I want to wish all of you the best of luck. But before I go I wanted to remind everyone to be safe out there. It only takes a split second for an accident to happen so always wear those safety harnesses and always identify your target before shooting. Don’t ever shoot into the brush at an unidentified target if you can’t see what it is don’t shoot. I recently bought a few of the Hunter Safety system Life lines and I love them. They are simple to use and keep me connected to the tree from the time I leave the ground until I touch ground, I had my doubts but I really, really like this product it makes you feel safe the whole time you are in the tree.
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.
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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