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How did your hunt turn out this year?

Same here, The big buck is just the icing on the cake Thumbs up
One good thing is next year surely has got to be better. I'm already looking forward to it.

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redrider wrote:
Same here, The big buck is just the icing on the cake Thumbs up
One good thing is next surely has got to be better. I'm already looking forward to it.

Yeah, the anticipation is almost as good as the actual hunt. I plan to do some coyote hunting soon now that I've got my .243 sighted in.

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Sounds like a good plan, I hope to get out soon also Yes

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I'm already day-dreaming about harvesting that trophy 10 next year. I'm having surgery next friday which wont allow me to shoot a gun or pull a bow back for 3+ months so I will be relieved when I can get back out in the outdoors.

Oh and I got a deer at the processing plant now too, gogo big does!!!

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Good Job on the doe Thumbs up
Hope the surgery goes well and you mend quickly Big smile

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Fall Deer and Turkey Season

Humpin Buck,

I had a stellar hunting season in Northeastern Kansas this year. I am sure my success will be difficult to duplicate, but it will be a season that will always bring back good memories.

Let me provide you with some background on my hunting location. I have a 200 acre bison ranch in Berryton, Kansas. The ranch is in the Northwest corner of the intersection of Douglas County Roads 1023, 6 and 458. This intersection is just South of the Wakarusa River inlet to Clinton Lake. The North boundary is the Wildlife Refuge that surrounds the Wakarusa River. The East boundary is 1023. The South boundary is also 1023 as this route heads to the Southwest at the intersection. The West boundary is other ranches and farms.

My ranch is in Kansas Unit 19. In my opinion, my location is ideal as my ranch is surrounded by other ranches and a Wildlife Refuge that is closed during hunting season. Being adjacent to the Wildlife Refuge has turned out to be a real plus for me as the turkey and deer bed in the refuge and head out across my ranch to feed!

I hunt deer and turkey in the fall. This keeps me very busy. Frequently, I spend the night at the ranch in a one man tent so that I can spend more time hunting and less time commuting to my home in Lawrence. This allows me to hunt in the morning, take care of the bison after the morning hunt, head home during the middle of the day and then return to the ranch for the evening hunt.

The fall turkey season at Sunset Ridge Bison Ranch was excellent. It is difficult to predict the turkey patterns in the fall, but I know the turkeys will be around the feeders at some point during the day. I usually hunt in the morning for the birds but occasionally I will hunt midday.

I am a big fan of ground blinds. I pick a big a stand of trees that usually includes some cedar or Osage orange or both. I supplement the perimeter with cedar trees or hay bales because it provides cover and acts to help mask sent. I also spray the soles of my boots with cedar spray when I travel to a ground blind. Upon arrival at the blind, I spray a small amount of scent on the cedar trees. I find that Advantage Timber camouflage works well under these conditions. When there are leaves on the trees, I wear Advantage Timber camouflage with artificial leaves attached (Sneaky Leaf is the brand name and the url is http://www.qadinc.com/c-2-.aspx.)

I can blend into the surrounding environment with 100% success in a ground blind. The game will frequently be within a few yards of me and for me this is a real rush. For example, this year I had three deer walk out of the woods within 10 feet of my ground blind in a group of cedar trees. Sometimes, the turkeys will get so close to my turkey blind that I have to wait for them to move away before I shoot. The deer and turkey can’t see or smell me as close as 5 yards, but if I move then I get detected.

I hunt deer using any legal weapon in order to increase my chances of harvesting enough deer to feed my family for a year. During muzzle loader season, I hunt with a 45 caliber Connecticut Valley Arms (CVA) Optima 209 break-open muzzle loader. While waiting for early firearms season, I break out my Hoyt MT Sport compound bow. My weapon of choice is my semiautomatic Browning 300 Win. Mag. Lightweight Stalker with BOSS, which I use during the three other firearms seasons.

The start and finish of my deer season this year was a hunter’s dream come true. The first morning of muzzleloader season I shot a large doe with my muzzleloader. About a month later, I arrowed another doe with my bow. My son and I both got a deer during early firearms season. I shot a deer the first day of regular firearms season and bagged a really large buck the last moment of regular firearms season (You can read the story of this hunt my following this link: http://www.biggamehunt.net/node/19106

I had been working on a plan for the first day of muzzle loader season since the beginning of summer. I spent a lot of time scouting the area for deer sign despite the chiggers, tics and heat. I found one spot near a fence that was clearly an area the deer were using to access the surrounding fields from the woods.

So I decided to setup my game camera. The deer were traveling this route regularly in the morning and evening. There were two large bucks and about 10 other deer.

Taking into accord all the information, I developed a plan to get into my ground blind hopefully without spooking the deer the first morning of muzzle loader season. I prepared a tent sight at the top of my ridge about 600 yards from the ground blind and in an area I knew the deer don’t travel along my western fence line. I set up camp Friday afternoon and returned that evening. It would be a long wait, but I was hoping it would be worthwhile.

My plan was a success, but not without a blessing from God. I got to my ground blind well before sunrise. I was quiet a possible, but it was still too dark to see well. I moved into the blind and waited for dawn. I waited and waited. What was up I asked myself. It was 9 a.m. and I stood up to leave. I spotted several does in the brush. I quickly took aim and dropped a really nice doe where she stood.

Upon review of my game came pictures, I learned a valuable lesson. The pictures showed that I had spooked a lot of deer by moving in the dark to my ground blind. I now move into position ready to fire and when I can see the deer. I also have developed better positions that allow me to get to my ground blinds through the woods on trails that I have cleared.

My batting average with a bow is much lower then with a firearm, but this year was different. Although I had several misses due to problems with my bow, I was able to correct the problem. This biggest problem is the deer can hear the string release and move. I was ready though and I had my bow up and ready when I doe started moving in front of me. I arrowed her when she stopped in front of me presenting a broadside shot at 20 yards. The arrow was a double lung shot and I hear her drop in the woods nearby shortly after I arrowed her. I found the arrow covered with blood so I knew she would be dead soon. I recovered her in the woods about 125 yards from where I shot her.

My fall turkey season was excellent. I shot three hens and one really big tom.

Let me tell you about my most exciting turkey hunt. It was a clear windy fall day and I decided to take the trail through the woods to the back of one of my ground blinds. I was hoping the birds would be at the feeders as they sometimes are midday. It had just rained so I moved through the woods slightly and they wind also provided a gentle background of noise. My heart started racing as I spotted the birds feeding about 60 yards away through the cover of trees. I crawled on my stomach for 20 yards, stood up behind a big bale of hay and picked out the biggest head and fired through and opening in the trees. As this was a 30 yard shot, I waited to make sure the bird was dead before moving in to inspect. When I got to the bird, I was elated to see a really big tom. When I got home I weighed him. The big bird weighed in at 22 pounds!

I hope this raises your spirits!

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Sounds like a very successful season. Thumbs up

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What a Great setup you have Big smile You chasing the Turkeys in Spring also?

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Hey Hey Jungleman!!! Awesome stories of your season. I really enjoyed reading of your many sucesses with all different types of weponary. Sounds like you had one hell of a good season. More importantly, you had fun. That is the name of the game. I would love to have the time and the location to go out and set up a "rustic style tent camp" to hunt from over a couple days. Now you've got me all excited about next year!!! I really want to do a hunt from camp. Thanks for your story and pictures. It definately brings good spirits to all of us!! Sounds like your spring turkey season should be a good hunt as well.

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That's probably the route I will take also. Little more vesatile. Remington would be my choice also. Let me know how you like it.
You're close enough we ought to try and go out on the Res. for those yotes.

Well I shot it Saturday and I really like it. Didn't take long to sight it in.
I have a Nikon Monarch BDC scope on it. I sighted it in at 100 and then put the reticle 200 yard ring on the target at 200 and it was dead on.

I am ready to shoot some coyotes.

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