This Deer Operator Is Touting B-I-G Deer


Published: April - 2000

In a recent pheasant hunt, I discovered a whitetail operation that has secured 20,000 acres of previously unhunted land in the "big buck" region of southwest Kansas. The company is called Whitetail Country Outfitters, and it is operated by Mike Nosekabel and Leon Winfrey. I have known Winfrey for years through his Flying W Ranch, a quality pheasant operation based out of Plains, Kansas. Winfrey introduced me to his partner Nosekabel.

The Whitetail Country Outfitters' hunting territory is in Unit 16 near the town of Medicine Lodge. This spread is covered by canyons, cedars, wheat fields and creek bottoms. The outfitters say the property has not been commercially hunted and only one deer was harvested from here in each of the last two years. The 1999 deer is said to have scored 173 B & C, while the "little" buck taken in 1998 only made it to 168.

In all, four rifle hunts and eight bowhunts are scheduled for the Unit 16 property. At this writing, all 12 spots are still open. The hunts will be fully-guided 1 x 1, from tree stands, predominately in tall cottonwoods, or from ground blinds. All hunt transportation, meals, motel accommodations in Medicine Lodge, and field and trophy prep are included. The cost for a five-day rifle hunt is $2,750, and the six-day archery hunt is $2,500. The Kansas rifle season is November 29 to December 10, and the archery split season is October 1 to November 28 and December 11 to December 31. The cost of the Kansas tag is $205.50. You will also need to buy a $65 hunting license.

To be sure, Kansas is notorious for its long odds on non-resident applications in trophy areas. Unit 16 is the draw area, and applications are now available. The deadline is May 31. Winfrey can send you all the paperwork, or file your application for you at no extra charge.

If you aren't drawn (and your chances of that are fair at best), it's worth noting that Winfrey and Nosekabel have........(continued)

 
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