Kansas Whitetail Deer Tag Filled With Button Buck

| 12/1/2009 5:14:00 PM

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A photo of the author, Caleb ReganOn the last hunt of the Thanksgiving break, I finally filled my doe tag. After an early-season episode that went wrong, I was thrilled to hit double-lung, resulting in the whitetail deer running about 30 yards and dying a very quick death.

Sunday morning was my last day to hunt. I’d hunted hard, most every morning and evening of the break, and had nothing to show for it. Finally blessed with a north-northwest wind, I was able to get in a ground blind that had a close food source and some high-powered attractant.

While it was still dark, I heard two deer snort me from behind, and as the sun rose I was feeling a tinge of hopelessness.

However, I do remember thinking, on a day that I missed church to sit out in the woods, it was quite a beautiful day to be sitting. Seeing a sunrise in the woods is a great communion in itself, and I was thankful to be a part of it.

Then, the woods got busy. I saw a small 8-point, a nonshooter buck that should be a decent deer in the next couple of years. Then I saw a spike (yearling buck with about a 5-inch spike on each side, the beginnings of a rack) with his doe, eating in the early morning. The spike and the 8-point sparred for a couple of minutes, which was cool to see and saved me the trouble of rattling myself.

Then at about 8 o’clock, out came an antlerless whitetail whose frame stood taller than all the other deer except the 8-point.

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