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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This is the potential Kansas State Record Typical With A Bow we filmed in November 2011. He was never recovered.
I wanted to share a story about a potential Kansas state record typical we encountered behind my house deer hunting.
Kansas State Record Typical Possibly
Eight months ago I went to check my trail camera behind the house and was pleasantly surprised when I popped the sd card into my computer, I immediately knew the buck I had gotten a few pictures of was a special buck. The only thing was I had already tagged out on a nice buck that I filmed myself shooting on October the 18th. For a second I thought I might just hope he would make it through to next deer season and maybe he would be bigger and I could try to match wits with him and maybe get a shot at him myself, but then I thought since my good friend was coming from Georgia to hunt with me this would be a great opportunity to try and help my friend get a shot at a stud and and get serious about my desire to to become a serious videographer. So I picked up the phone and told my friend and DHBB Pro-Staffer Troy to take a look at this beautiful buck that had suddenly started showing up on one of my trail cameras behind the house 300 yards from my back door. I still remember the phone conversation we had as we looked at the pictures we were both pumped to say the least, we quickly came up with the name “Horn Donkey” for the brute. At first we figured he would score around 175″ ballpark, but the more we looked at him it started to dawn on us that this buck could possibly be 190″ inches or more. I did some research and found that the Kansas state record typical with a bow was 193 and some change. So from what we were guessing he would score we were looking at a potential Kansas state record typical. At first the buck was only showing up at night but as each day passed he started showing up more often and just a few days before Troy was to arrive he started showing up at different times during daylight hours. I picked up Troy at MCI airport on November the 8th and to say we were pumped would be an understatement. We had a cold front moving through and it was a cold rainy day, that evening I decided not to hunt because I didn’t want to get the camera wet and the wind was wrong to hunt the set where the big brute was showing up. So that evening I took Troy to another piece of property and he hunted alone. We knew we had to play our cards right with this big boy, one mistake could mean the game was over with a smart old buck of this caliber. We knew the wind was going to be out of the northwest the next morning and it was going to be cold and perfect for the stand where “Horn Donkey” was showing up.
Horn Donkey first showed up at night only.
The next morning we woke up early and had breakfast and then took scent free showers and made our way behind my house. The excitement we were feeling was indescribable. That morning we saw 2 coyotes and four bucks, two of the bucks were nice but not the one we were after. It was obvious the bucks were on the move.
We got out of the stand and made our way back to the house for lunch and then made our way back to the stand around 2:30pm. On the way to the stand we saw about 25 turkeys. After we got situated in the stand I decided to do a short calling sequence, and just a few minutes later I looked up and holy cow it was him! I immediately knew I was starring at “Horn Donkey”, I eased around to Troy and whispered “get your bow our boy is here!”. Troy said from the look on my face he knew I meant business! “Horn Donkey” walks to about 20-25 yards away and then stops and stares me down for what felt like forever! My legs were trembling and my hands were shaking as I hid my freshly painted face behind the camera and tried not to blow it for Troy. By this point my heart is pumping out of my chest! I have never seen or been this close to a world class buck. I was hoping Troy could have shot him when he first walked out he was 20 yards broadside but he had hung his arrows on that side of the tree and couldn’t get a shot, all the pictures we were getting the buck was coming in from a different way but he surprised us and came from the opposite direction, so my camera arm was in a bind and Troys arrows were in the way. Finally after filming him for over 7 minutes Troy was able to get drawn and shot. We think his arrow nicked a little branch and changed the flight of the arrow causing him to hit the buck back just in front of the hind quarter in the gut and striking the leg bone in the hind quarter on the opposite side. We waited for a while then decided to back out and look at the footage on the television. After reviewing the footage we decided to wait until the next day to start looking. After a long sleepless night the next day around noon we started looking and we found nothing. We called the neighbors and got permission to look everywhere for what seemed like miles.
For the next few months I walked almost daily and never found him. It is just one of those deals in hunting that just wasn’t meant to be. You hunters out there know that it can and does happen and we hate it but that’s the way it goes. We can honestly say we gave it our best shot and it is what it is. It’s not every day you get a shot at a potential Kansas state record typical with a bow so it still stings a little, but Troy will be back in Kansas this November and we will be looking for redemption.
I hope you enjoy this video of the legendary “Horn Donkey”.