"Outfitter Tom Haynes runs trophy whitetail hunts in south-central Kansas on about 10,000 acres of prime deer habitat. The area here consists mostly of winter wheat and milo fields broken up by wooded creek bottoms. Deer have lots of food and concentrated cover - the ideal situation for hunting from stands. "Because of the abundant food here, these deer get big, weighing over 300 pounds and sporting impressive racks. The average buck taken last year grossed 155 B & C points, and that includes bucks taken during the archery season. The largest deer killed with a rifle was 186 B & C, and the largest blackpowder buck scored 172.
"The hunting here is on stands overlooking trails and/or green-fields, mixed in with some rattling during the rut. Blackpowder season runs from September 15 to 28, and Haynes has several landowner permits available for that hunt. The rifle season is November 28 to December 9, and at press time, Haynes had one landowner permit available. The Kansas archery season is split, running from October 1 to November 27, then December 10 to December 31. Haynes does not have any landowner permits available for this hunt, but can take hunters who have drawn permits on their own. The units where Haynes hunts are 5, 16 and 17.
"The cost of a five-day rifle or blackpowder hunt is $3,000, plus $500 for the landowner permit. Archery hunts are $2,000. Prices include guide services, transportation during the hunt, trophy prep, bed and breakfast accommodations and meals. For hunters who already have a permit, Haynes also offers a five-day semi-guided hunt without meals and lodging for $2,000. A nonresident hunting license runs about $65. The lottery deer tag costs $205.50."