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Hunt outsize whitetail bucks on Kansas farms and ranches

This hunt takes place in two units that are well known for producing some of the finest whitetail bucks in the U.S. The outfitter, with whom we've worked for several years, has produced many wall hangers, including some excellent typicals and non-typicals scoring between 160 and 200 B&C and P&Y points.

A pest control agent who is intimately familiar with the best properties in this area, he leases the best 15 farms and ranches that he has found. The leases vary from a few hundred to a few thousand acres.

You can book a hunt with muzzleloader, rifle or bow. The outfitter prefers the bow hunt because it takes place during the peak of the rut in November, when the bucks are more likely to be active during daylight. He takes limited numbers of hunters on his leases, and that conservative management has improved his trophy quality over the past five years.

"If a guy holds out, he has a good chance of taking a buck in the 150 class, and there are some bucks in this area that score 170-200 every year," the outfitter said. "I don't want a guy to shoot a young buck the last day just to fill his tag, and so I give a $1,000 refund to hunters who don't shoot or wound a buck."

"My success rate would be better, but some of my hunters are getting very selective," he said. "And some are so afraid of shooting a sub-par deer that they've let some great animals go. Also, I use trail cameras to check out some of the stand locations, and I've caught some great bucks on my Cuddybacks. When a hunter knows he's hunting a specific big buck, you can't blame him for holding out."

Hunts.Net customer Keith Bryan of California: "This was a great hunt," he said. "The outfitter runs a good operation. I didn't shoot a deer, but I'm still happy. In six days of hunting I saw 18 bucks and eight does. Five of those were 10-points, and I missed a 155 to 160 class. I'm planning to go back."

Hunts.Net President Rich LaRocco took the above photo from his tree stand in November 2009. The buck was shot on a neighbor's land the following month during rifle season and scored more than 175 B&C points.

CJ Park of Utah got this 182 class non-typical on his first day of bowhunting in 2009.

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Hunt WD3422
Hunt, guide ratio Price per person
Bow, 6 days, 2x1 $4,000 with $1,000 refund if you don't kill or wound a buck
Rifle or blackpowder, 5 days, 2x1
   $4,250, including deer tag
Lodging/meals Trophy fees
Lodging in a bunkhouse and meals prepared by the outfitter's wife are included in the hunt price. $500 for any buck scoring 150 to 169 7/8 Boone and Crockett points before deductions.

$1,000 for any buck scoring 170 B&C points or more before deductions.

Hunter success Trophy size
Bow: Averages 50% success, but virtually every hunter has shots at bucks in the 130 to 150 class and sees bigger bucks. Muzzleloader: Averages 50% success. Rifle: Varies according to weather. Usually 75 to 85 percent. Most bucks score 140 to 160, but there are bigger bucks taken every year. In 2009 several over 170 and a couple over 180 were taken. Each year trail cams prove that some giants survive the hunting seasons.
Not included Landowner permits
Meat processing and shipping, taxidermy, $71 hunting license, lodging, meals
Not required if you draw a whitetail tag. If you don't draw or don't apply, then you can buy a landowner permit. The permit includes the whitetail tag but not the hunting license.

Travel and licenses
Dense, tall grass, timbered draws (cottonwood), small springfed creeks, winter wheatfields, alfalfa fields, riverbottom with hedge, mulberry, cottonwood, elm Airport pickup at Wichita is included in the price. Hunting license ($71) is not included in the price of the hunt. The landowner permit, which is included in the price of the hunt, includes a non-resident deer tag.