Hunt WD3430

Price: $3,200 (usually $4,200) for openings in 2016

Hunter success: All hunters see bucks. Most see bucks worth tagging.

Lodging and meals: Included in hunt price. You'll stay in one of four lodges. One to three hunters stay in a room and have a queen size bed per person. Meals are home cooked and include pies and pastries.

No high fences
Comfortable archery ladder stands
Enclosed, heated rifle towers with swivel chairs
All hunts on private land
We field dress deer and haul to processor for clients
Many repeat clients
References readily available from past clients

Season: Early December for rifle. October and November for archery. September for muzzleloader.

Travel: Free airport pickup at Wichita.






Outfitter controls 45,000 acres

This hunt takes place about an hour and fifteen minutes west of Wichita in an area known for producing big whitetail bucks. The outfitter controls more than 45,000 acres and asks hunters to hold out for bucks that score at least 140 points.

"When I first started, I had guys shooting the first buck they saw," he said. "They were so impressed with the body size that they got some bucks that I would have liked to see them pass up, so now I have them pass on bucks under 140. A 130 rack is usually a little wider or higher than the buck's ears, and so that's a starting point. We show the hunters some antlers and get them used to looking for bigger bucks before they go out hunting."

Hunting is from stands. Rifle hunters use towers with office chairs that swivel and adjust for height. Bowhunters hunt from ladder stands.

You will be hunting on private land within a 50-mile radius of the lodge where you'll be staying. You will be the only person on the land hunting in the area you are designated. Land consists of shelter belts, dry creek beds, timber areas, CRP grassland, and river bottoms. Food plots, mineral licks, and pumped water are provided for deer. Crops vary from corn, soybeans, alfalfa, wheat, and rye.

More than 50 tower blinds are provided for rifle hunters. They have stairways with hand railings, and are elevated, carpeted, heated, and have office chairs that swivel 360 degrees. The outfitter has more than 100 archery stands, which feature heavy-duty, wide ladders and an extra wide sitting area.

Nine experienced and knowledgeable guides monitor deer movement and dress the game.

No trophy fees are charged, but there is a fine if you shoot a buck scoring less than 130.

You will be staying in one of four lodge-type houses. Sack lunches are provided for hunters who want to stay on stand all day. Most food is homemade, including homemade snacks, pies, soups, and sandwiches. In the evening you'll have a homemade full course meal. You will meet lots of great people and relax in the evening watching television or just visiting.

If you take a buck early, you may hunt waterfowl and upland game at no extra charge.

This ranch is ideal with small canyons holding beautiful ponderosa pines and brush patches, and the river bottoms down below features mostly cottonwood trees, brush and pastures. The land is private and not far from the South Dakota Border.

The rancher/outfitter runs some cattle and a bed and breakfast on the property.

During December several bucks usually feed on a neighboring alfalfa field and filter toward the head of a canyon on this property. Muzzleloader hunters can see the bucks coming for 15 minutes, giving them plenty of time to prepare for a 70-yard shot.

You can hunt from tree stands and ground blinds along the river. There are some good canyons for still-hunting during the day.

In the evening sometimes you might hunt a sub-irrigated meadow near a clover field or hunters take watch in one of the many canyons on the property. Some of the biggest bucks get away each year. The rancher each winter sees some great bucks scoring up to 180 B&C after the seasons.

The rancher keeps a map that pinpoints where every buck has been killed on the property since 1973. He takes his whitetail hunting seriously.