Kansas Whitetail -- Drew My Tag

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  1. Charles B

    Charles B Well-Known Member

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    Hoping to draw for a Kansas rifle deer hunt this fall and would appreciate any general information on what to expect. I believe the hunt will take place in Barton or adjacent county.
     
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  2. USMC 338

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    What unit 4 or5. What do you want to know ? I havent hunted there but I have hunted unit12,13,15 and 16. I've taken my two biggest bucks from unit 16 & 15 witch is the next units south of unit 5.
     

  3. Charles B

    Charles B Well-Known Member

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    Unit 5. Typical shooting distance, prevailing wind speed conditions, and any info you think might be helpful. Planning to use a 270 Weatherby.
     
  4. USMC 338

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    Wind hard to tell but this is Kansas flat and windy but A guess would be a 10 to 15 MPH . Range Just depends on the property your hunting how big the pasture or field is. but shots are about 100 to 300 yards some longer some shorter. Unless you set up for long range then almost as far as you want to shoot .
     
  5. Charles B

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    From what I can tell on the sat maps it is flat crop fields with drainages and some tree lines. The outfitter gave me the same estimates on distance and said possibly further in some situations. I live in very hilly terrain with forest and brush with most shots approx. 100yds. I do have some stand locations that present shots 400yds. plus on clearcuts. I pretty comfortable with 300yds and will spend the summer practicing.
     
  6. MagMan

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    provided I draw I'll be heading to unit 16. Never been there though.
     
  7. USMC 338

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    Unit 16 is where my biggest buck is from 174 1/8 P&Y. Don't get to trigger happy lot of big bucks out there.gun)
     
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    10-4 hopefully I'll have the Edge all dialed in by then.
     
  9. Charles B

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    You guys are getting me stoked. MagMan what are you shooting? I don't have anything that would be considered longrange on this sight, but is longrange for my area. :)
     
  10. MagMan

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    I have a 264 Win Mag but my 338 Edge should be here in a week or so.
     
  11. Charles B

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    My primary rifle is the 25-06, but will take my 270 Weatherby to Kansas for the extra energy if needed.
     
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  13. Charles B

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    Yeah, I like the 25-06 and it is my regular deer and varmint rifle. The outfitter suggested I use the 270 WBM for the edge it would give me. Couldn't disagree and needed to knock the dust off the 270 anyway.
     
  14. keithcandler

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    I have hunted in Unit 16......

    Depending on where you have been used to hunting, be darn sure that you have the best cold weather clothes that Cabela's has to offer.

    Our shots range from 10' to a little over 300 yards and you should be very proficient at 300 yards with your rifle.

    What is very wierd about the Kansas bucks is that many of them have broken racks. Some deer will only have half a rack, while MANY will have broken tines. There are tons of large bucks in Kansas, and it will be obvious that they fight a lot. Fighting bucks mean broken racks.

    Since you are probably hoping to have a trophy deer, I suggest that you have enough glass on your rifle to where you could easily tell if a buck has a damaged rack at 400 yards.

    I hunt with two rifles in Kansas, a 7 STW with a 8-32 on it, and a 7 Mag with a 6-24 on it. My brother hunts with a 7 Mag with a 4-16 Bushnell 4200, but he does not care about racks. He has spent good money shooting deer with busted racks that were a waste of money.

    Very, very few people hunt out of a 15' ladder stand in Kansas, and if you do carry a ladder stand, it is worth it's weight in gold.

    Be sure to carry a grunt call and a rattle bag. I called in a lot of deer on my last Kansas hunt.

    I use a product called Forget the Wind, and I have never had a deer smell me. In fact, on my last hunt in Kansas, I had a doe bed down at the base of my ladder stand with my back pack laying right next to her. I also had two bucks fighting 10 yards in front of me, along with 10-12 does that had come to watch the freekus, none of them ever smelled me. By spraying Forget the Wind on my feet, the deer never smelled the trail that I walked in on.

    A good set of binoculars is a great idea, but not a substitute for high powered glass on your rifle. Remember that you can tell anything about a deer's rack with a 3-9. Bucks are often chasing does, and you often will only have a couple of seconds to make a decision to shoot or not to shoot. When the bucks are running broadside, you really have to some pretty good glass to see the "off side" beams.

    I used up a bunch of those hand warmers with the chemicals in the bag. I put one in each boot, and laced two under each boot strings, set with one on each hip, and had them in both pockets. When the temp gets to 6* with a breeze, you had better prepare for the cold. We saw around 90-100 deer per day sitting in the ladder stands.

    Try to find two very imortant people before you get there, a taxidermist and a meat processor. If there is no meat processor, then you are going to have to process the deer yourself, make preparations: knives, saws, plastic bags, coolers, etc.

    good luck!