By Michael Pearce, CorrespondentThere's good news/bad news on the deer hunting situation in Kansas this coming season. Correspondent Michael Pearce checked in this month with his on-the-ground assessment. Enjoy!
As usual, we have some good news and bad news from Kansas, which may affect your plans to hunt the wall-hanger bucks the Sunflower State is known for. The good news is that Kansas produced some great bucks last season. By mid-October I'd heard of at least a dozen bucks, both whitetails and mule deer, which had grossed around 200 inches or more. Those bucks were shot in the early archery and muzzleloader seasons.
The bad news is the ongoing, severe drought. Unfortunately, this drought is one of the reasons why so many good bucks were taken so early in the season. It's also to blame for the conditions behind the disease that killed a world-class monster whitetail topping 300 inches
(not a typo, folks) last summer, plus hundreds or even thousands of other deer.
First let's be clear that Kansas will produce some dandy whitetails and mule deer during the upcoming 2013 season, and it probably always will. But changes are happening, and trophy numbers and quality will likely be impacted, at least on a localized basis. To what extent, is the "170-inch" question. Some experts have some serious concerns for trophy hunting down the road. And some outfitters are cutting back on the numbers of hunters they take, to help preserve the quality of their annual kills.....