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Kansas Bait-FREE Meatpole 2018
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sitO 20-Sep-18
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sitO 06-Dec-18
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Cazador 07-Dec-18
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Thornton 07-Dec-18
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Kicker Point 08-Dec-18
sitO 08-Dec-18
Kicker Point 08-Dec-18
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From: sitO
20-Sep-18
If you don't like this one, there's another "meatpole" for you ;?)

From: One Arrow
20-Sep-18
lol

From: sitO
22-Sep-18

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From: Matte
22-Sep-18
Awesome......

From: KB
22-Sep-18
Whoa! That didn’t take long!

From: ksq232
22-Sep-18
Come on now Sito, did you take out a momma, or are you done early again this year??!!

From: sitO
22-Sep-18

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From: Matte
22-Sep-18
Awesome man. Those things are super tough to hunt. I have always said the guys that sit on feeders do not know what they are missing by getting off the stand and getting it done. Congrats buddy.

From: Ksgobbler
22-Sep-18
Antelope is on my list. Nice one.

From: KB
22-Sep-18
Hell yeah! Great pic! I’m headed out there Monday for a long awaited September return.

From: Bodyman
22-Sep-18
Good look in goat. But I wish like hell you guys weren't so obsessed with feeders does every post have to be negative

From: Matte
22-Sep-18
Bodyman,

Hunt how you want as long as it is legal and with the right tags. It is just another level when you hunt from the ground and make it happen. It's an intensity thing with a huge shot of adrenaline which to me makes it a hell of a lot more fun. I think what Sito is saying most of the time is "guys you don't know what your missing"

From: KYBourbon
22-Sep-18
Awesome job man! Beautiful animal. Well done.

From: Bodyman
22-Sep-18
Matt you don't have a clue how I hunt or have hunted congratulations sito

From: Quinn @work
22-Sep-18
Congrats. Nice goat Sito!

Pretty sure I recognize that Kansas "mountain" . :)

From: Shawn
22-Sep-18
Very Nice, A story would be nice!! Congrats!! Shawn

From: ksq232
22-Sep-18
Congrats Sito!!

22-Sep-18
Nice goat.... congrats

From: keepemsharp
22-Sep-18
Kyle: I am jealous. Great start to another great year, get after 'em.

From: ks chas
22-Sep-18
Kyle is that the decoy you lost a year or two ago ? Nice goat.

From: Bodyman
22-Sep-18
Sit it might be nice to respond I guess ur just leten her soak

From: Bodyman
22-Sep-18
Come on sit show me the water hole or the sit up

From: sitO
22-Sep-18

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Thanks fellas, spent the rest of the day trying to get a young man on his first...close but no cigar.

Charlie you've got one helluva memory...that's the deke.

From: sitO
22-Sep-18

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Here's his last view Frank, I'll tell the story later...to the cool guys.

From: Bodyman
22-Sep-18
Pretty pic sit wish we could get along would love to hunt with you off the top of the doller store in sedan lol

From: Bodyman
22-Sep-18
Pretty pic Sit

From: sitO
22-Sep-18
We'll get along just fine Franky...follow the truth my friend.

From: Kansan
23-Sep-18
Beautiful creature. That hunt is on my bucket list for sure, congratulations!

From: jingalls
24-Sep-18
Can’t believe someone would resort to using a decoy to bring an animal closer. And use one of those wheeled bows and wear camo to hide themselves. Totally unfair advantage. Real men use a flint spear and wear an animal skin loin cloth!^D

From: sitO
24-Sep-18
C'mon now John...you can't train an animal to come to camo, or a bow, or a decoy on a consistent basis...but if you want to eat one of those I'll gladly prepare it ;?)

Cheaters gonna cheat...I just hope they get to actually hunt someday, cause I'm betting they'd like it.

From: sitO
24-Sep-18

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Here's what was for dinner tonight...free range fair chase "goatalope"

From: Bodyman
24-Sep-18
Hey sit I ate some of that back in the 70s my buddy's hunted up around Jackson wy. I remember it was totally different from deer elk or anything else. They mainly fed on sage up there do the ones you guys hunt in ks. Eat a more diverse diet or is the taste the same

From: Thornton
25-Sep-18

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Doesn't matter if they eat sage or shortgrass prairie , they are delicious IMO! I rifle killed this one in NM a few weeks ago

From: Thornton
25-Sep-18

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Interestingly enough, we saw quite a few antelope using large wooded areas that had hundreds of acres of cedar, and juniper trees on top of huge canyons. This one was out on a pasture eating cactus

From: Slate
25-Sep-18

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From: Slate
25-Sep-18

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Some on here are experts

From: Slate
25-Sep-18

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Expert of baiting in many forms.

From: Kicker Point
25-Sep-18
Nice pronghorn Kyle! I hope to hunt them some day.

From: Slate
25-Sep-18
They are fun to hunt Tony. With or without the bait.

From: doubledrop
25-Sep-18
Very nice job fellas. Some awesome antelope! That decoy looks pretty sweet Kyle. Wish I had one like that for the winds we had this past weekend. I think that cost me a bit on getting a few to close the final distance. It is truly an unreal accomplishment to get it done with a stick and string out there. Close but no cigar for me this year. If you are bored I would like to share a story I'll surely not forget of one very memorable encounter this past weekend. I'm definitely sore and hurting today after being roughed up pretty badly by the country and those amazing animals.

Words cannot describe the pit in my stomach from what could be my biggest bow-hunting blunder to date. Four years ago, I would have cared less, or thought I couldn't get that worked up about a shot at a pronghorn. Well, let's just say I missed a slam dunk opportunity at what I believe to be a once in a lifetime chance at an absolute monster on Sunday evening. I thought I shot a good one last year, and I am still ecstatic about that experience, but there is probably only one other pronghorn that I have seen in the four years of being out there, that was bigger than the one I am about to tell about.

We had trouble finding lone bucks out seeking and we luckily found this giant headed for a familiar drainage. He was angling to us, so a buddy and I tried to figure out exactly where he might enter the small winding creek. He was not on the line to end up where I had a hunch he might, so I trusted my gut and made a bold move as my buddy hung back to where it appeared he was headed. As soon as I got low enough into the drainage, I sprinted over 200 yards below his vision in a creek drainage just trying to cut him off. I guessed right as he crossed into the perfect funnel in the creek where it turned and had a dream setup of yuccas and a bank cut to hide in. He dropped straight in where I had hoped. I now kick myself because I could have taken a shot as he drank from that small creek for what seemed like an eternity as I drew my bow and contemplated. I made the tough decision to be patient and let him come to the pre-ranged trail I had in front of me at 40 yards. As he drank, I was guessing he was 50 and quartered away perfectly, but I just didn't want to kick myself if I missed him, knowing he was probably about to be on that trail I had ranged.

He left the water on that perfect cattle trail and as I shifted my bow, I realized my riser was stuck in the edge of a yucca bush that had me concealed. When I was able to break it free, he heard it and didn't stop, he actually flinched/jumped and darted off the trail he was on and took a higher route out of the drainage. It all happened in a blur but I had to mouth grunt at him loudly, due to the wind, as he started into a trot that I was sure was about to be a run. He finally stopped and I had to make a quick range adjustment.

I was absolutely sick as that arrow left the bow, as I somehow didn't account for the gusting winds and I helplessly watched my arrow drift just right of the magnificent buck. Many things can get you panicked and frantic but this cuts deep after you practice relentlessly every night all summer preparing for that one shot, but you all know exactly what I'm talking about. I'm definitely glad that error in judgement didn't end with a wounded buck, so it definitely could be worse.

I was later consoled by the buddies out with me, and maybe a stiff drink, but they reminded me of all of the different scenarios that you just can't control. They are correct in the fact that a lot of different variables come into play when bow hunting. That's why we all do what we do. It's tough to explain to those that don't feel the defeat and have the drive to conquer a challenge. I respect every harvest photo I see of these guys. It's crazy how you can be so deflated and worn out and here it is the day after being home and I wish I could be out there for another chance. Congrats to all and good luck to everyone this year.

From: Kirkus
25-Sep-18
Checking in from PA. I love to see the nice bucks you guys take each year.

sitO - I enjoyed your season-long hunt journal in years past. Please don't tag out too soon this year.

Best of luck to all

From: jingalls
25-Sep-18
SitO, LOL! Just wanted to remind everyone that we ALL need to support each other no matter how one may like to hunt.

It’s OK to separate ourselves in sub groups to better our knowledge and fun of how we, as individuals, prefer to hunt. A good example is th traditional forum on Bowsite. However...it is not OK for any of us to attack a fellow “legal hunter” on how he/she prefers to hunt. It is critical that we all stick together! Spear, stick & string, compound, X-gun, air gun, black powder, rifle or running dogs...if it is legal in that state ir province we MUST support each other! If a person as an individual doesn’t like it, then simply don’t use that method. But please...let’s respect all legal hunters and make 2018 and beyond a little more enjoyable for everyone! Good hunting to all of you!!!

From: Bodyman
25-Sep-18
John that is one of the best post I've seen here. Good luck this year

From: Slate
25-Sep-18
You said it perfect John and this is how we have to educate the kids in our youth hunting programs. The future of hunting depends on it.

From: KB
25-Sep-18

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Here’s my contribution. Snuck through the yucca maze to 47. He stood and fed a little closer. Waited until his head was below line of sight and had all day to anchor in for a great quartered away shot.

That’s a bummer Dylan! Your buck last year was a dream buck, so I can’t imagine what this guy looked like. One of my first years out there a buddy and I decoyed one in to 30. I drew and settled in only to realize I didn’t have an arrow on. The yucca I was tucked into had pulled it off the string when I drew. So I know your pain!

From: Bodyman
25-Sep-18
Slate I thought you were a little crazy when you first got on here but you made me realize how wrong I was. I think we all just like to hunt for all kinds of different reasons I started hunting ks.39 yrs ago it was the best bird hunting anywhere I would still be doing it if my body let me

From: Slate
25-Sep-18
Nice one KB congrats

From: Slate
25-Sep-18
Thanks Frank I am a little crazy but, who isn't. My wife might agree with you. Your right though we all hunt for different reasons and that is a good thing. It would be a pretty boring world if we all thought and did the same things. Dam Frank I thought you where my age. God bless you 39 years that's almost my age. You coming out this year to deer hunt at least?

From: sitO
25-Sep-18
Tough deal Dylan, but I'm thinking you might make another run at them...you know the first segment runs through Sunday ;) Kaleb as I told you earlier that's a great buck and to get it done on public makes it even better, can't wait to see all the heads you drag to the Convention bud!

Now, as for you Slate...we had a "gentlemen's agreement" and I knew you were no gentleman, but I also now see that you have no honor, surprised? Not really, but considering your profession I must say I'm disapointed.

You may be the least intelligent person I've dealt with in my years on this site, and that's saying something! You kinda remind me of one of my ex-girlfriend's except she was full grown, and her frontal cortex had developed properly...you're both whiners so maybe that's it?

If you or any of the others here aren't smart enough to tell the difference between a decoy, call, blind, scent, bow, camo, etc...and a 50# sack of failure well I may not be able to help. I'll offer you the same deal I've made here before: Take a trail camera and put it on one of each of the aforementioned items...if the sack of failure doesn't get the most pics I'll give you a shiny $100 bill...wanna try me?

Of course you don't, you and all the others know the answer and that's why people bait...it's easy and it trains animals to come to a pre-determined spot on a consistent basis. It's not hunting in any sense of the word, and you and all of the others know this as well...but you continue to do it because it's easy. None of the other methods involve sustenance and there is no other drive for a wild animal that outweighs the need to eat. Now I'll give you a few minutes to go and look up some of those words so that you can follow along.

Got it? Ok, so as for "sticking together", well that's a load of you know what. I stand up for actual hunting in any situation or forum I take part in...but only actual hunting. There are sound reasons as to why baiting has been banned in so many states and on KS public lands. Slate definitely isn't smart enough to know anything about that, but many here are, and have studied these reasonings. Ask some folks who don't hunt, not "anti's" just folks who don't hunt, how they feel about taking an animal at a feed pile and get back to me with your results. Then ask the same people how they feel about a spot & stalk hunt, or decoy hunt, or rattling antlers, or calls/scents, and listen to the difference...do you think you can you remember the questions?

I'm fighting to preserve something I care deeply about, you may not agree with me or my tactics but that makes me no difference...I will continue fighting. I want you, and all of the other cheaters to realize full well that when they look up on the wall at that buck they shot over a failure pile, or at a sadness spreader, it had nothing to do with hunting. I want them to feel it... and I want them to actually go hunting the next time, cause I really think they'd enjoy it!

From: Slate
25-Sep-18
Good read Dylan

From: sitO
25-Sep-18

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I did do a little "baiting" myself today...but all on jigs so...

From: doubledrop
25-Sep-18
Awesome buck and photo Caleb! You are having one heck of a year. Kyle, how the heck do I get your job and is that top pic from a cell phone? Unreal if so. It's amazing how far image quality has come over the past few years.

From: Bodyman
25-Sep-18
Sit do you have a job? Or is it huntin and fishin?

From: Bodyman
25-Sep-18
Kyle I get to hunt maybe eight days out if the year any more getting older with no retirement sucks so I can't sit up or spend time in the field like I use to I hunt trails that bucks have been using for years . If your a hunter and I know you're a good one you know these trails are used yr after yr but I don't have time to scout. If I do set a feeder witch sometimes I do its to get deer into the land were hunting. Anyone who has set a feeder will tell you that they are the spoikiest deer in the world and not many mature bucks come in at daylight. So it's not in my advantage to hunt a feeder

From: Bodyman
25-Sep-18
Come on sit where are you when I need you

From: Bodyman
25-Sep-18
By the way sit use to fish lake fork fifteen times a year. Fished one February it dropped to thirty degrees witch was not normal I switched from artificial to water dogs if you know what they are caught four over eight in one hour. My buddy fishin down there that weekend told me I was unethical for using live bait. I caught 27 fish that day four over eight lbs in under and hour turned them all loose

From: Bodyman
25-Sep-18
You muse be cleaning fish

From: sitO
25-Sep-18
Yep Dylan, from a new LGthinQ...my third one in three months...they have some glitches lol.

From: Bodyman
25-Sep-18
You never answer

From: Bodyman
25-Sep-18
Hey sit for the people that don't know you prove your not a prick answer some questions . I forgot your a prick

From: Bodyman
25-Sep-18
Do you work?

From: Bodyman
25-Sep-18
Are u a prick?

From: keepemsharp
25-Sep-18
Frank" you ar pickkinon a good man.

From: sitO
25-Sep-18
Thank you Dave, it's all good. Frank and I get along fine when he's in his right mind...unfortunately that's only from 8-noon.

Mullins, where's your goat?

From: Slate
25-Sep-18
That’s pretty funny CJ

30-Sep-18

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Well upon review it was declared that even though this buck died in a corn field it was ruled 'bait free'. Have a great season gentlemen!

From: cherney12
30-Sep-18

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Same here

From: sitO
01-Oct-18
Nice work fellas...how bigga corn field's was they lol

From: ks chas
01-Oct-18
Nice goats. Congrats

From: The Kid
01-Oct-18

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Congrats guys, great goats!!! I was lucky enough to spot and stalk my first pronghorn. I shot him at 32 yards in the wheat stubble. I am looking forward to seeing everyone's hunts this fall!

From: sitO
01-Oct-18
Heckuva Pronghorn CM, I know how hard you worked for that opportunity too...earned!

We may have to rent another room at the Convention just for goats ;?)

From: Kansan
01-Oct-18
All of these from western Kansas? Certainly a dream of mine to shoot one in Kansas.

From: sitO
01-Oct-18
Yes

From: Kansan
01-Oct-18
How does it eat? I've heard differing opinions. I'm sure like most wild game, it all depends on how you cook it.

From: sitO
01-Oct-18
IMO, they are better than WT...but you cannot overcook! The KS Pronghorn eat mainly grass/wheat/stubble...so they don't get that "sage" taste some of the animals from further western states do.

From: cherney12
01-Oct-18
Congrats, Chris! Nice job.

01-Oct-18
I have consumed meat from WY and KS and don't taste much difference. Kyle nailed it, dont overcook! Also, try to get skinned and cooled ASAP. Some of my favorite meat!!

From: The Kid
01-Oct-18
Thanks Patrick! I enjoyed your pictures with KB! The banquet beer celebration at Mount Sunflower was hilarious and a great way to celebrate!

From: Genesis
03-Oct-18
Enjoying the “non conditioned” hunts guys, Congrats....

From: ks chas
03-Oct-18
Nice goat Chris. Congrats. Some of these guys make it look like it must be easy but I know it is NOT.

From: Matte
07-Oct-18
Only one fresh track in the mud. All that was needed. Nice big fat doe. 1/2 drag out sucked but she will be well worth it.

From: Matte
07-Oct-18

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From: Bodyman
07-Oct-18
I guess I don't understand one track in the mud?

From: Bodyman
07-Oct-18
How far from the one track was the deer

From: KB
07-Oct-18

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This guy almost baited me into thoughts of rifle hunting and running to town for a jug of whiskey. Four stalks over two days and finally got it done at last light. Nebraska Sandhills buck.

From: sitO
07-Oct-18
Man "a fire"! Congrats bud, helluva deer

From: Matte
07-Oct-18
Great great buck KB. Wow deep fronts and length.

Bodyman to answer your question. When ground hunting i follow tracks, after a good rain it's like tracking in the snow. On a new spot tracks matter. Alot of tracks are a good thing. One track is not always a good thing. This deer was shot twenty yards from where a j turn started.

Again great job KB.

From: ks chas
07-Oct-18
Great buck Kaleb Congrats. There will be lots of nice stuff in the trophy room this year.

From: lord o'horns
07-Oct-18
killer buck kaleb

From: KB
07-Oct-18
Thanks guys. Nice shootin’ Matt!

From: Thornton
07-Oct-18
That's a really nice buck especially for the Sandhills!

07-Oct-18
Bait free!! I love it!!

From: sitO
07-Oct-18
Put yours on here Michael...heck of a deer and especially considering the circumstances, a self-bow, and your "camo"!

From: writer
07-Oct-18
Great mule deer for anywhere, but then best I’ve seen from the Sandhills.

From: Slate
08-Oct-18
Hell of a mule deer KB congrats

From: doubledrop
09-Oct-18
Congrats KB! Taxi bill may be hefty, but keep it up. Fantastic season!

From: KB
26-Oct-18

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Snuck in on this guy in my buddy’s 280 acre food plot. He was bedded with a doe. Weighed 250lbs field dressed.

From: sitO
26-Oct-18
Another awesome specimen Kaleb, congrats brother...what's next?

From: cherney12
26-Oct-18
Nice buck. Sounds like it was a neat hunt. Better head to South Dakota for the rut...

From: Heartshot
26-Oct-18
Glad to finally see a whitetail on this thread! KB, locked down with a doe or a coincidental bedding party?

From: KB
26-Oct-18
Still a Colorado tag in my pocket Kyle! Have a buddy coming in from Alaska for two weeks to hunt the Flint Hills first. So I’ll get to play guide for a bit... I think locked down Heartshot. He had every reason to bolt between the pickup being in view when he stood and hearing me at one point. Pretty sure he wasn’t going anywhere without her. Also saw two 3.5yo bucks cruising nose down yesterday.

From: Copperhead
26-Oct-18
What part of the state?

From: KB
26-Oct-18
West

From: Heartshot
26-Oct-18
My greatest conclusion in all my years bowhunting about the rut is that I overthink the rut......

From: LuckyStrike
27-Oct-18

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Gotem'

From: boothill
28-Oct-18

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Tag filled...now what to do? Heard plenty of yotes this evening that need thinned out.

From: Quinn @work
28-Oct-18
Very nice bucks KB and boot hill! Congrats those are smoker archery bucks pre-rut or whenever too!

From: sitO
28-Oct-18
Congrats Brian, great lookin buck...and good luck on the "fur's"!

From: MBabs
28-Oct-18
Great buck boothill. Congrats

From: ksq232
28-Oct-18
Nice boothill! That picture makes me miss Dodge City!

From: Matte
28-Oct-18
Awesome buck Boothill!

From: Kansan
28-Oct-18
What a dandy!

From: KYBourbon
28-Oct-18
Nice job! Great looking buck.

From: Slate
29-Oct-18
Very nice boothill congrats

29-Oct-18
He's got some mass! Great buck congrats man!!!

From: Schmizzle
29-Oct-18
It looks like you guys are all off to a good start this year! Saturday can't come soon enough!

From: Tejas
29-Oct-18
Attaboy Brian....congrats!!

From: Schmizzle
05-Nov-18

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November 3rd 2018, 5:30 p.m.
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November 3rd 2018, 5:30 p.m.
Was fortunate enough to tag this buck on the evening of November 3rd - turned him back towards me with one turn of a bleat can. I've had that move get plenty of looks before, but it ended up fooling this guy to the end!

From: sitO
05-Nov-18
Great pic Scott, and an awesome specimen...congrats man!

From: Thornton
05-Nov-18
He looks huge in that pic for sure.

From: Fulldraw
05-Nov-18

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From: Schmizzle
05-Nov-18
I love how that pic turned out. Yes, it is very complimentary of the rack. He is definitely not as big as you would guess from that picture, but still my best buck to date.

From: Schmizzle
05-Nov-18
That's one old warrior Dan!

From: sitO
13-Nov-18

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13-Nov-18
Congrats all!

From: ROUGHCOUNTRY
13-Nov-18

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My buddy rattled in this unique 4x4 with stickers around the bases.....over 20 scoreable points. He purchased a little 20 acre tract close to Hutchinson and has several big bucks in the area that he may only get pictures of a couple times each year. He and his daughter rattled in four different bucks over a 2 hour period and he actually videoed her shooting the buck with a cross bow while it was trotting by at close range.

From: sitO
13-Nov-18
Oh man, she's spoiled now! Great smile, and thank him for passing it on please!

From: KC
13-Nov-18

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My little buck from last week in KS. 23 inch main beams with a 16.5 inside spread

From: KC
13-Nov-18

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My little buck from last week in KS. 23 inch main beams with a 16.5 inside spread

19-Nov-18
"Bait free-meat pole". LMAO!

From: Genesis
21-Nov-18

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Musta missed this thread he is my little “free bird” .Right at 41” of mass short beams but grossed 162 6/8

From: sitO
21-Nov-18
Great buck Steve, that left side is crazy!

From: Thornton
21-Nov-18
Huge!

From: Travis
21-Nov-18

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Had a great morning in the stand today...this big ol bodied 8 came in after he whooped a young 10pt...had a 6pt chase the hot doe through then the 8 came in on her..been 4 years since I tagged a buck...felt good..

From: sitO
21-Nov-18
Congrats LT...earned!

From: MBabs
21-Nov-18
Congrats Lonny.

From: Orlando
21-Nov-18

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Cold and windy Sat 17th, I decided to sleep in until a buddy texted saying he missed one. Got me out of the house and into the stand about 8:30. 9:00 this guy comes trotting down the trail. Didn’t have much time to look at rack but my inner green light was on. Stopped him at 23 yards with a “meh”. The shot looked good. He did a half circle to about 70 yards, stopped and tipped over. When I walked up on him, I realized it was a lot better rack than I thought. Easiest hunt I ever had...if we don’t count the other long days freezing on stand.

From: Travis
22-Nov-18
Thanks guys...congrats to all the other folks above...the next 4 or 5 days are some of the best days for big bucks..good luck to those of ya who are still trying to get tagged out..

From: sitO
22-Nov-18
Reed, that guy has the mass! Congrats sir!

From: KB
22-Nov-18

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Congrats on some great bucks guys!

Eventful November so far. Hosted an Alaska buddy for the first two weeks and he took his best buck on the 6th (originally a Michigan guy). Then we spent a week shooting yotes and roosters. After he left another friend and I headed for eastern Colorado. He took his first buck and I got it done on the one I was after the next morning! We spent a couple days looking over some friend’s ground on the way home and found two legitimate giants. So I get to go play guide for the rifle opener next week.

From: Orlando
22-Nov-18
Great deer. I never get tired of looking at other people’s deer and reading their stories. ...gotta get after a mulie someday...

From: sitO
22-Nov-18
Unbelievable season Kaleb, my buddy has the old KBA trailer if you need to borrow it for Feb ;?)

From: KB
22-Nov-18
Must be maturing a little. Just skulls for me this year. I think I can squeeze the herd in the Sierra, but I’ll keep you posted! ;)

From: doubledrop
22-Nov-18

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Congrats all. I'm glad to finally get on here and catch up with your seasons. 2018 will go down as one of the toughest seasons I have ever hunted. The hunting season began in western Kansas after the elusive pronghorn. I made a costly mistake and missed a 45 yard shot on a once in a lifetime opportunity at an unreal buck out there that left a pit in my stomach well into the fall. Sometimes something like that can leave a bad feeling in your gut for the remainder of the year.

Going into the fall, I knew my whitetail season could be a grind as I did not have a lot in the upper age group to hunt. Trail cameras continued to run and the endless projects and work kept me plenty busy. The mock scrapes proved highly effective as every buck roaming the properties I could hunt visited them regularly. The real issue was that there were just not many bucks to hunt that were fully mature. I passed 5 1/2 yr. old buck in early November that I began to regret passing. I only gave him the free pass because he made a substantial jump from 4 1/2 to 5 1/2. The number of bucks I passed was higher than normal and a few I would have released an arrow in prior years. The future looks bright though and this hunt was one of a couple firsts for me.

This was the first time I had ever taken a buck on Thanksgiving and also a first while using a decoy. I have always been a bit hesitant of using a decoy, but this season was such a grind, I was willing to try just about anything. After enduring multiple days of brutal cold weather and endless west winds, then very strong winds, I was ready for an encounter with a target buck. This buck was one of two that I was willing to put my tag on and only after I had to make a very tough decision to pass what I believe will be an exceptional deer in 2019, if that buck can survive. I had decided to swing for the fences on an ancient buck in this same area, who was not a local, so I knew it was a real gamble that could end in heartache. The only security was this buck was a resident in the area and I knew, if given the opportunity, that I would be glad to try for him.

November 22nd was a very calm and bright morning with the full moon overhead. I pulled in to my spot and immediately heard a train approaching. I often use these to cover my entrance noise and this particular morning was going to absolutely require it due to the calm South winds. I scrambled to finish getting dressed, grabbed my bow, and assembled the decoy. The train was barreling down the tracks and I knew I only had about 5-10 minutes of cover noise and I had about 3/4 of a mile to cover, so the race was on. Luckily it wasn't near as cold and I wasn't overdressed. Regardless, a sweat was unavoidable, but I knew the stealthy entry was much more important than a load of laundry after the hunt. I knew the wind would be calm to start but would be in my favor. I got in very clean and the train noise faded as my camera gear was setup and the bow pulled up to the stand.

It was a beautiful morning and it's always magical watching the woods come to life. I had just gotten enough light to pan the camera and do a quick intro when I heard heavy footsteps approaching from the trail I had entered. I quickly turned the camera on while scrambling to pull up my binoculars for a confirmation. It was indeed a buck and what appeared to be a good one. I only knew of two 10 pointers in this particular area and when I confirmed it was the buck I thought it was, I went into auto-pilot and attempted to setup the video camera and appropriate setting. Unfortunately the lighting was pretty low, so the footage isn't as good as it would have been even 5 minutes later, but watching that buck approach the decoy bristled up and stiff-legged was something I will never forget. Shockingly, he approached from behind the decoy and that caught me off guard as they will typically approach to the head side and downwind, which would have put him between me and the decoy. I was a bit nervous as he circled the decoy and immediately faced towards me just a few feet from the decoy. I came to full draw after positioning the camera where I thought he would swing. Unfortunately he did not continue his wide swing and he was ready to charge the decoy as he slowly postured and turned his body more broadside. I knew it was now or never as he exposed his vitals and I settled the pin and released. It was a relief to watch that arrow bury in the perfect angle just in front of the shoulder angling behind the off shoulder. He quickly retreated and did not make it out of the field.

It was a great moment, just soaking in the struggles of the season. I am a firm believer that the only way to find success is to work through the tough times. It was truly a Thanksgiving with plenty to be thankful for. I have a very understanding wife, who puts up with the marathon that a season can be, year in and year out. I hope to get Lane out going forward and the timing couldn't have been better. Happy Thanksgiving and best of luck to everyone still afield.

From: MAG
23-Nov-18
Great buck Dylan.

From: sitO
23-Nov-18
Heavy old warrior, great write up and deer buddy

From: Quinn @work
24-Nov-18
Great bucks KC, Travis, Orlando, Genesis, Doubledrop and KB. Glad to see most of us can still kill good KS bucks without bait piles. Thanks for posting!

Roughcountry, your buddy's daughter 's buck may be the best one on here! Congrats to her that's awesome!

I just can't see baiting where we hunt and would never want to. We have have 50,000+ acres of standing corn that's just now getting cut. How do you compete with that?

Love the bait free meat pole thanks Sito.

From: Matte
25-Nov-18
Has anybody noticed the huge increase in crossbow kills on social media.

From: Orlando
25-Nov-18
Quinn, it is definitely a different hunt with crops in the field. I think more for the added cover than food and look forward to the crops coming out. I've always felt pretty lucky to be in Kansas where there are a lot of natural funnels due to fields, creeks, etc. I think hunting states with large timber would intimidate me. KB is my new hero...seems animals always fall when he's around!

25-Nov-18
Crossbow kills will continue to increase. I know quite a few older gentleman that were tried and true rifle hunter's now they all own crossbows and hunt the rut and rifle season.

From: Thornton
25-Nov-18

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I stalked to 30 yards of this buck after spotting his back half in some cedars. It was a north wind with some spitting snow which made for some quiet walking in the snow. Fastest kill I've ever seen. The Rage 125 broke the opposite shoulder and fell in his face about 30 yards away. The whole thing lasted a few seconds.

From: ksq232
25-Nov-18
Nice!

From: Alpha Max 72
25-Nov-18
Congrats !!! Were you in a stand when you spotted him?

From: Orlando
25-Nov-18
Nice deer!

From: Thornton
25-Nov-18
No I like to simply walk and stalk when I hunt a new property. Seems like I always have to know what's over the next hill. I've found snow and rain are ideal stalking weather.

From: Alpha Max 72
25-Nov-18
Way to get it done before the blaze orange shows up.

From: Quinn @work
25-Nov-18
Nice buck Thornton congrats

From: Bodyman
25-Nov-18
Isn't that the buck you killed in oklahoma? On ks. Meat pole

From: Thornton
25-Nov-18
Kinda weird isn't it? An Oklahoma guy, on the Kansas forum, complaining about an Oklahoma deer while other non residents that shot Kansas deer post on the same forum.

From: Tstrand13
25-Nov-18
Great Buck anywhere. Congratulations Sir!

From: Bodyman
25-Nov-18
Wasn't complaining just wondering , I'm sure those guys thought you killed it today in ks. Since you didn't mention that it was ok

From: Orlando
25-Nov-18
Nice deer and doesn't matter fwiw. But, yeah, I thought it was shot today in Kansas...actually I was thinking I couldn't even see to stay on the road today to go check cattle ...and he was out hunting...not all Kansas' weather must look like NC Kansas.

From: Thornton
26-Nov-18
Thank you. Trust me, if I hadn't been working today, I would have been stalking some brush or cedars somewhere. This whole sitting all day has never been my first choice. If I think a buck is on a schedule I'll sit a couple hours. If not, I'm out walking miles trying to find something to put a stalk on. You can get away with a lot of movement and the noise is dampened when their is heavy precipitation and wind. I've shot several does doing this and I have passed many small bucks over the years.

From: Thornton
26-Nov-18

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26-Nov-18

From: sitO
26-Nov-18
Great buck Jason, congrats!

From: KSNimrod
26-Nov-18

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Grunted this one in Thanksgiving morning just after first light. He read the script! Grunted at him from about 150 yards away and he came at a trot. He circled downwind of the buck decoy and finally stepped out where I could get a clear shot at about 15 yards. I got to watch him fall over in the pasture about 50 yards away! To perfect of a scenario for me to pass up for sure.

From: KSNimrod
26-Nov-18
Congrats to all who have tagged out. There are some great bucks on this thread! To all who are still chasing them, best of luck and can't wait to see some more pics on this thread.

From: Catscratch
26-Nov-18
Congrats and great deer guys! I love decoying, great to hear the stories from you guys that are tagging out with decoys.

From: Thornton
26-Nov-18
There are a lot of big, old deer on here this year. Congrats all

29-Nov-18

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From: sitO
29-Nov-18
Looks like a big old warrior Jared, congrats!

From: ksq232
29-Nov-18
Got a pic to post tomorrow, not much signal or data is about gone. Anyway, it was a good morning, took rifle season to bring one into bow range for me. Nice bucks Harvest and Nimrod!

29-Nov-18
Thanks guys it was a tough season this year but well worth the time invested. Lots of good deer taken this year I'll be rooting for everyone still out there from the duck blind! ;-)

From: ksq232
30-Nov-18

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I've hunted hard since November 1st, and it wasn't until a week ago today that I saw the first mature buck from the stand. Since then though, I've seen several; and yesterday morning one finally got in bow range. We've had pictures of this buck for a while now, and he was one of the main deer I wanted to shoot on our property.

From: cherney12
30-Nov-18
Nice job, James. Congratulations!

From: sitO
30-Nov-18
WIDE load, congrats JR!

01-Dec-18
What a dandy! How good it feels to connect after hunting that hard ehh??

From: ksq232
01-Dec-18
You got that right bowharvest!

06-Dec-18

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Since Oklahoma's forum doesn't have a bait free nor a non high fenced thread, I'm posting where bait free is applauded... plus I'm so fn proud of this deer, I want to put it on every state forum!! lol.

;)

From: Bodyman
06-Dec-18
You should be awesome Deer

From: sitO
06-Dec-18
Glad to have him here Rick, and hope to see him this Feb in Hutch! You built it and he came...one of the best stories, and hunts, ever!

From: ksq232
07-Dec-18
Great buck Embryok!! And way to take a picture that does him justice too!

From: Cazador
07-Dec-18
Looks like it will be the new "Jack Harris" buck. Nice buck.

From: sitO
07-Dec-18
Jack couldn't put his buck on this "pole"

07-Dec-18
Maybe I should put him on the Colorado forum? :)

Edit: the post below me won't make sense.

From: Cazador
07-Dec-18
Hate? Who’s hating? Seems just like the last time you jump to conclusions. Guess that’s what happens when you drink too much soy milk.

Guess you missed my “jack humor” so we will leave it at that.

Oh, I’m not worried too much about your list.

Nice buck all the same. Savor it.

07-Dec-18
And my apologies... I did take it wrong. Don't know what you're talking about with "last time I jumped to conclusions ", but okay. You're a hater of trailcams, correct? By the way... what is soy milk?

From: Cazador
07-Dec-18
“Hater of trail cams. “

Dislike is a better term. The other thread you popped off and lumped me in with the “young guys have no Woodsmanship mafia”

In which I replied with the following

“I am anti-cam, but I don't think I've ever said anything about "young guys and lack of woodsman-ship". On the contrary. Just look at many of the photos posted by guys on here, they don't have a gray hair on their chin. I'd saying they're doing well and I too would take offense to the "Young guy/woodsmanship" crap. Especially since there are some personalities on this site that talk a good game, but are so full of excuses on why tags don't get punched it's hard to keep a straight face yet they're resident experts. If you can't see through their smoke, well, you're not reading the sign. I will stand by my attitude that cameras are not fair chase. If that makes me "Anti-Cam" so be it, but I'm young enough to know better.“

Enjoy your year and success. You earned it.

07-Dec-18
"The other thread you popped off and lumped me in with the “young guys have no Woodsmanship mafia”

Got to be someone else you're thinking of. I've only had issues with your "dislike" of cams. We even exchanged PMs over it. But, I've also slept since then and could be that I let it roll right off my back. No worries though, I'm beginning to dislike trailcams too. Because they suck in quality.

Anyhoo... come to Oklahoma and I'll let you kill some pigs, no corn, no fence and no cams. We can drink some soy milk too. :)

Have a good season. :)

From: cherney12
07-Dec-18
Nice buck, Rick. Congrats and I'm sure it was hard-earned and well-deserved. Who doesn't like cameras? I ain't never seen a camera one that deer came to or that killed deer.

From: BC173
07-Dec-18
Helluva buck Embry... get him scored if you want. And the score don’t matter, he is an awesome critter. But otherwise, put him on the wall, crack a cold beer, and set back and remember the day it happened.

Congratulations

From: Bodyman
07-Dec-18
Embry was that south east ok deer

From: Thornton
07-Dec-18
Many on here could not kill nor have the drive to hunt an area unless their cameras told them to. I prefer scouting and I probably walked 15 miles this year doing so.

From: cherney12
07-Dec-18
Good job, Thornton.

From: Kicker Point
08-Dec-18
I'm surprised there aren't designated "Decoy free", "Trail cam free" and "Tree stand free" poles!! LOL.

From: sitO
08-Dec-18
Can't train an animal to come to any of those consistently Tony...and they don't need any of them to survive...but I know you know that ;?)

From: Kicker Point
08-Dec-18
Sure thing Kyle. I know you're passionate about your argument.

I'm still surprised there aren't more designated meat pole threads.

From: sitO
08-Dec-18
Not really an argument, and I'm not so sure you are surprised about other poles.

"One of these things is not like the other things"

From: Genesis
14-Feb-19
I’ve never bought or set up a trail cam in my life.Wouldnt know what to do with the information and just don’t feel right peeking in on nature if I ain’t there .

Kinda like wrapping Christmas presents with cellophane to me.However,if others want to that’s fine .

From: Kicker Point
14-Feb-19
Good point Genesis. Come to think of it, next year we need to have a "Kansas Trail-Cam FREE meat pole."

From: cherney12
14-Feb-19
Do they have trail cams that draw in deer now? What brand?

From: writer
15-Feb-19
Starting to read like the “he-man woman-haters club.”

From: keepemsharp
15-Feb-19
Think all the heman women haters are in San Fran.

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