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Central Kansas farmland yields big whitetail bucks

2008 trophy

2008 trophy

2008 trophy

This hunt offers a good chance to take a big whitetail buck . Trophy whitetails in Kansas compare favorably with those from Alberta and Saskatchewan.

This hunt takes place about an hour from Topeka. The outfitter operates on private land where he has exclusive hunting rights. The terrain is mostly flat with a mixture of croplands and timber. He has about 18,000 acres to hunt.

Hunting is in stands for the first three days of rifle season. Later you might do some spotting and stalking. Bowhunting is entirely by tree stand hunting.

The outfitter is a successful bowhunter and said that most hunters see good numbers of deer.

"You go out turkey hunting and you'll see 75 deer," he said. "The buck-to-doe ratio is high. But these are wild bucks, and they're not high-fenced, so you the bigger bucks are always a challenge to kill."

The outfitter has exclusive hunting rights; he does not have to share the farm with the landowner's family.

He offers rifle, blackpowder and bow hunts. His guided hunts include transportation between sleeping quarters and stand locations. Semi-guided hunters must bring their own trucks so that they can drive to hunting sites. The bow season usually fills up first because archers are allowed to hunt during the rut in November. The rifle season starts at the tail end of the rut in late November or early December. Most bowhunters get chances to shoot mature bucks, and most see bucks that would qualify easily for Pope and Young Club record book listings. Rifle hunters don't usually see as many bucks but usually experience a higher success rate, sometimes approaching 90 percent.

We starting booking for this outfitter in the late '90s. Most of our customers have had excellent hunts and have returned.

All pictures are of bucks taken on this hunt. Click on any photo here to see a larger image.

Hunt WD3412

Price, length
Guided rifle and muzzleloader $3,750 5 days
Guided archery $2,995 5 days
Semi-guided rifle and muzzleloader $3,000 5 days
Semi-guided archery $2,500 5 days
Hunter success Size
Most hunters have opportunities to shoot mature bucks. Hunter success varies, depending on weather, weapon, hunter selectivity and shooting ability. Most bucks taken on this hunt score in the 140s and 150s. Bucks scoring in the 170s, 180s and 190s have been taken on this hunt. The biggest buck in 2008 was in the 170s.
Seasons Hunting area
Bow: Oct. 1-Dec. 30 except during rifle season, which is usually in early December.
Muzzleloade: In September
18,000 private acres in the Flint Hills, featuring oak canyons, big hills with bald pastures, sycamores, cedars, alfalfa and clover bottomland
License Lodging and meals
You must apply for a license. Kansas no longer issues transferable landowner licenses. Click here for the most recent price. Motel or farmhouse quarters and meals are included in the hunt price
Travel Notes
Kansas City Airport (Missouri) or drive to Manhattan, Kansas Bowhunters usually see more big bucks because they can hunt during the rut. Most rifle hunters see big bucks, but weather can be a factor.

2008 trophy

2008 trophy