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What part of Kansas did you

What part of Kansas did you say you hunted? I thought all the bucks in Kansas were big. LOL
My buddies have gone out to Kansas several years in a row. They all have come back with bucks over 130". One guy shot two great bucks in a row. One buck scored around 165" while the other one scored in the mid 150's. The most surprising aspect of the deer was how much the deer weighted. Both deer weighted over 250 lbs. They said some does weighted over 200 lbs. That's some huge deer for sure

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I am in the north east part

I am in the north east part of Kansas and yes, there are monsters and very good deer here, but not all are huge.  i will say that some of the deer that I consider average or even below average are much bigger than some deer in south. 

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They are huge in Kansas Not

They are huge in Kansas

Not many southern deer can compare

That is why you see the annual migration of die hard southern whitetail hunters headed to the midwest

The states should be glad too - that represents a lot of income for each state - and not just in permit and licensing fees

Think of the outfitters, motels, gas stations, retaurants, etc that directly benefit!

Kansas is square in the heart of great whitetail country - of that there is little doubt.

I have not researched this but I think Kansas also has an early rifle or shotgun season that allows you to pattern the bucks on food sources before the craziness of the rut sets in.

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Kansas has an early rifle

Kansas has an early rifle season only in one part of the state.  Might just be unit 19, not quite sure if anythihg else is included and then there is the muzzleloader season in September to kick things off.  Then bow season to the end of the year with rifle season starting the first week of Dec.

Problem for an out of stater is the the limited public land.

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A muzzleloader season in

A muzzleloader season in September is definitely early - heck, some of your deer COULD even still be velvet then, depending on when in the month it is.

Even if late in the month, that is still a very early season.

Maybe someone wanting to hunt there would be well served to look for a club to join, a piece of land to lease or just some type of deal with a farmer or landowner for a week of hunting rights - or something to that effect.

I know Iowa has some very good public land in the southern portion of the state - and these are some highly regarded counties for eye opening bucks - although I suspect any county in Iowa can make that claim - as likely so can Kansas.

At any rate, for me - that is a fairly long term dream for me.

What's sick is that here I sit with a shotgun in my hand in 2010 and already trying to plan ANOTHER hunting trip.

Let me try that this coming week at home and see how that works out!!!

Jim

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Yeah, it is early and it

Yeah, it is early and it tends to be hot with lots of bugs including ticks still around.  I generally wait until mid-october to hunt.  If I start early then I tend to get burned out and don't have the zest for the rut period.

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+ 1 on getting burned

+ 1 on getting burned out..most years, I start hunting the second week of Sept and don't set down the rifle or bow until 1 Jan...most every day I'll be hunting, even if it's for 15 minutes after work...funny thing is, I've had the pleasure of killing a deer within 2 minutes of getting on stand during one of these "quicky" hunts...but it gives me an idea of deer movement so I can make plans accordingly....but in all honesty, I love to be in the woods hunting...no matter how brief a hunt it may be...

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I do not get tired of it or

I do not get tired of it or burned out - until it gets down in December.  

We start gun hunting here in SC on 15 August... it is often still 100 degrees in the afternoon when we get in our stands.

Mosquitoes, ticks, no see um's, gnats, yellow flies - all of them feast on us - thank God for a Thermacell, however.

I hunt right on through to 1 January without too many breaks in between.

September is our poorest month, I use no vacation days then.

In SC, a week either side of Halloweeen is golden and I hunt hard during that 15 day period.

Come December, I am tired however... as I am right now. I am on vacation today but am home catching up on the Honey Do list and cleaning the yard.

I will hunt one or two weekends in December and then that is it.

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And somehow you still manage

And somehow you still manage to stay competitive in the posting contest.  You're a machine!

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Yeah, tell me about it.  I

Yeah, tell me about it.  I thought "Great, Jim won't be able to keep up", and I figured I could hold him off.  WRONG.....

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