More On Whitetail Hunting In Kansas


Published: November - 2005

Continuing subscribers will remember our last report about whitetail hunting in Kansas (see Article No. 1298 in our Trip Planning Database). In it, we told you how extreme pressure put on herds from 1999 to 2002 seemed to have created a gap in the buck age-class, as well as whacked the deer population overall. Part of the problem was, the Kansas legislature flooded the market with transferable permits that were next to useless for nonresident hunters.

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)

 
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