Kansas Deer Hunting Shows Signs of Trouble on the Horizon


Published: February - 2011

Kansas continues to be one of the top trophy deer states in the nation for both whitetails and mule deer. Decades of conservative management had the state primed when nonresident deer hunting was first allowed in the mid 1990s. Since then, some amazing bucks have come from the Sunflower State.

Well, the 2010 season was a pretty good one as you'll read. But there are signs indicating some problems may be on the horizon. Michael Pearce, life-long Kansan, avid big game hunter and frequent Hunting Report contributor brings us up to date.

The 2010 Kansas deer seasons got off to a great start when some huge mule deer hit the ground in the mid-September muzzleloader season. Noted hunter Garth Carter shot a 221-gross non-typical with outfitter J.R. Dienst two hours into his hunt. At least two larger non-typical mule deer were shot with black powder by Kansas residents. The largest one grossed in the 250s and netted about 247 inches. It's an eye-popping deer with a lot of points. Another buck scoring in the 230s was also taken by a resident during the special season. Neither hunter wants their name or hunting location publicized.

The whitetail rut was slow to start and drawn-out, which impacted bowhunting success on bigger bucks. The subsequent firearms season didn't seem as hot as previous years, either. But even a "slow year" produced some nice whitetails. Several non-typicals in the 220-range fell, as did several that could net in the 180s as typicals. Possibly the most impressive, though, is a true typical nine-pointer that grosses nearly 190 inches. It should net in the low 180s. Very few of those have been taken anywhere, any year.

Most of the outfitters we've featured in past issues of The Hunting Report had good seasons:

J.R. Dienst (620-355-7118; www. jrdiensthunting.com) continues his streak on big mule deer. In addition to Carter's 221 buck, Dienst's clients took five 200-class (gross) mulies. His best three whitetails were in the mid-170s. One hunter muffed two chances........(continued)

 
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