Well, all of that seems to be working itself out, bringing Kansas back to the forefront as a place to take a monster whitetail. We have that from correspondent and lifelong Kansan J.L. Michaels. We've asked him to give us a complete state update with stats on units, outfitters and drawing opportunities. While researching that report, which is scheduled for the January/February 2006 issues, Michaels says he discovered a sleeper of an opportunity that Hunting Report subscribers need to know about before the news gets out to the general hunting community. He writes:
"The regular rifle season in Kansas doesn't open until November 30, but it's already been a danged fine year for Kansas whitetail hunters. At least two bucks grossing over 190 inches were taken in the September blackpowder season, a season that outfitters have had trouble selling in the past.
"That won't be a problem any more given the number of good bucks that were taken this September. The most impressive I've heard of was a great typical taken by a New Jersey client hunting with Jeff Stevens of Kansas Big Boys. The whitetail is a true typical 12-pointer, with an inside spread of over 23 inches. Its gross green score was 196 inches, and it is expected to net about 185 typical inches after the 60-day drying period. Stevens had several other clients take bucks in the 150- to 160-range.
"A hunter with Galen Krier and Larry Konrade of Tamarack Outfitters shot a buck that grossed a tad over 190 inches. Two other hunters missed bucks over 170 inches. After the........(continued)