Year after year, he's run an enviable string of successful hunts on trophy whitetails and mule deer for clients. The past few years this longtime Hunting Report subscriber and world-wide hunter has been on fire when it comes to trophy mulies. Last year his best buck was a 254-inch non-typical taken during the September muzzleloader season. He's still on a roll.
Dienst's first client this September was none other than Garth Carter, who shot a 221-inch mulie less than two hours into his first day of hunting. You can see a photo of this MONSTER buck in our Trophy Gallery. The very next day Dienst guided two hunters to a bachelor group of great bucks bedded in low cover. The hunters and Dienst sat within 40 yards of the trophies until the bucks eventually stood and offered shots. One green-scored 207 inches and the other 191 inches, gross. Earlier this month Dienst guided his first archery hunter of the season to a 196-inch gross buck that was bedded with another buck that was nearly as big.
Dienst tells us that this has been an exceptional year for trophies. Plentiful spring and summer rains no doubt helped antler growth (several B&C-quality deer have come from Kansas already this year), but some of the credit also has to go to Dienst's trophy management program. The 50,000-plus acres he hunts has been under his control for decades, and he has limited hunter numbers, and created food plots and off-limits sanctuaries. The other factor, obviously, is his demonstrated skill at putting clients on big bucks. He tells us he found more than a dozen bucks over 190 inches prior to this season in just one of his areas.
It bears mentioning that while Kansas produces some huge mule deer, and success rates are high, permits are very limited (as opposed to permits for whitetails) and access to private grounds is difficult, which makes an operation like Dienst's that much more........(continued)