A small buck jumps over the fence behind my stand
Dan and I awoke to much colder temperatures and 30 mph winds.
The temperature dipped considerably. Dan went to the stand I hunted last night
and I hunted a new stand which was at the head end of a brushy draw. I had
several bucks come in at first light, none were shooters. It was pretty slow
at my stand, a couple good bucks were seen off in the distance and lots of
immature bucks chasing does. The wind was howling and from my vantage point
there was not a lot of movement. Dan had a better morning but I'll let him
tell you about it...
After missing a 170-incher at 15 yards the evening before, I
tossed most of the night wondering if fate would give me another chance at
one of these big Kansas whitetails. I didn't have long to wait this morning
as a giant buck came in before good video light and I had to let him pass
at 15 yards. He was a huge thing with tines sticking out in every direction.
But as the sun finally came out, fate sent yet another book buck toward me.
This was the 7th book buck I'd seen in four days of hunting and fired up the
video camera as he came closer. He was almost identical to the buck I missed
last evening but a year smaller. Still, he was a great buck that offered me
a perfect 20 yard shot.
As you can see on the attached video clip, my Widow sent an
arrow through him and he only went 20 yards before tipping over in the morning
sun. What a thrill to pull my fat out of the fire with the agony of missing
a gagger to tagging a 150 incher on video in a picture-perfect setting. Only
in Kansas Toto...
Watch Dan shoot his big Kansas buck
Dan's buck grossed 150 inches
Since Dan killed his buck we decided to hunt together to film
my hunt. The evening hunt was very slow...until 5:30 PM. Then all heck broke
loose! A group of does came running into our little setup, chased by a nice
7pt buck. The buck would not have this little harem for long, a bigger 10pt
buck came in and ran him off. And to top that off, an even bigger buck, a
non-typical with a deformed right antler and 8" drop-tine ran off the
10pt. For nearly 35 minutes it was grunting, scraping, fighting, wheezing
and chasing does - all right underneath our stand and all captured on film.
This 8 pt. was the first on the scene - I passed on him
All 4 bucks gave me a shot, standing still at 15 yards, however
I would have had to shoot facing the tree. I was not comfortable with that
since I shoot a 60" longbow. I I figured one of them would cross the
stream (like some of the does had) and walk under us. No dice. The bucks stayed
on the opposite bank until a bigger buck ran each one off. The drop-tine buck
was the last man standing and hung around until it was nearly black - we had
to scoot him away. What an incredible evening with 4 book bucks within 20
This nice 10 was only 15 yards from my stand!
I can only guess what tomorrow might bring...