Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you know that Kansas produces some of the largest whitetail bucks in the country, and of course, we try to hunt there every fall. In 2012, Backwoods Life crew members Woody Sullivan, Ryan Whitaker, and I (Michael Lee) all drew tags and lined up our times to hit this great state.
Ryan headed west first for early season. His goal was to fill his tag while the bucks were still very predictable on their bedding and feeding. Hunting private farmland in the Northwest part of the state, Ryan had several good bucks on camera and video coming to the same field every evening. Ryan and his cameraman hung their setup and were watching a giant come in just hours later. The beast of a buck came in and offered him a 20 yard shot, Ryan capitalized on the opportunity and arrowed a true giant, 184 inch Pope and Young buck!
I was up next, hunting with Hans and Jim of Dirt Road Outfitters in South-Central Kansas. Arriving the first week of November, I knew I would be a little early but was hoping to catch some early rutting activity. Sure enough, my second evening in the stand I had five bucks push a doe by and where I was able to arrow another Kansas stud for the Backwoods Life crew. The eleven point buck I was able to put a Muzzy through was my widest buck to date at 22 inches inside and scored right at the 150 inch Pope and Young mark.
Woody was the last to make the trip out, he met Ryan for a hunt just before Thanksgiving. The buck movement they saw was off the charts! Literally bucks cruising for does all over, tending does, rubbing trees, and one made a fatal mistake of getting in bow range for Woody. He used his Elite bow to tag is second Pope and Young buck in as many years in the great state of Kansas.
As we sit waiting on the 2013 season you can bet our Kansas tags are sitting and waiting for more bone to be wrapped around and hopefully keep the streak alive for the Backwoods Life crew.
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