After 2 years I finally was successful in Kansas. And I would have to say it was worth the wait! I headed out to Kansas on a DIY public land hunt with high hopes. Last year’s tag sandwich had left a bitter taste in my mouth, but I had a positive attitude about this trip. I arrived in camp late Friday night, November 5th. After scouting and hanging stands most of the day on Saturday I was anxiously awaiting climbing in the stand. Sunday proved to be different from last year, as I seen 12 deer and one good buck. The next day things started to seem all to familiar. Over the next few days deer movement was sparse. I was getting pretty frustrated.
On November 10th, the temps started to drop. The temps were going to drop down in the 30s that night and the deer could feel it. I seen a good buck and numerous other deer. The next morning, november 11th, was the day. The bucks were moving good. I saw 4 different border line shooters and this bruiser. He chased a 130ish inch 9pt off as they were in pursuit of a hot doe. The buck gave me a good broadside shot as he was heading back to tend to his doe. I took it and watched him fall within a few yards. With all the excitement I didn’t know how big he was. The bodies on these Kansas deer are huge, making the rack look smaller than they are. Upon walking up on him, I was shocked. A bruiser of a buck, 161 1/4 inches to be exact. I was taken back, I couldn’t belive it. Two years in the making and I had shot my dream buck. He dressed out at 210lbs. I’m looking forward to checking out the footage and reliving it all over again.