Whitetail Deer Hunting in Kansas, 2010

| 2/24/2011 3:55:00 PM

A photo of the author, Caleb ReganThis past November, I shared the experience of filling my whitetail doe tag with my brother Josh. I’d hunted GRIT Editor Hank Will’s Osage County, Kansas, farm fairly hard, passing on a couple of small six pointers in hopes of filling my buck tag with one of the Buckzillas I’ve seen moving around on that piece of prairie. There's few things I like more than whitetail deer hunting in Kansas.

But with a week to go before my bachelor party (a pheasant hunting trip out near Pratt, Kansas), I knew as November aged it was time to put some meat in the freezer. And with an upcoming mid-December wedding, I also knew this hunting season would be cut a little shorter than usual.

Here's a few of the good ol' boys after a full day of chasing roosters on Day 1 of that bachelor's party:

Great Friends and Pheasant Roosters 

So, Josh and I headed out to a familiar piece of land behind my aunt and uncle’s house about 25 miles from the farm we grew up on. Although I don’t own land yet, I’m very fortunate to have access to some great hunting ground both on Hank’s land and on our family’s and extended family’s land in southeast Kansas. Access is tough nowadays with farmers leasing property to hunting outfits and a general distrust of our neighbors (which might be warranted by a lack of respect in some instances) that is much different from how it was when I grew up. But that's another story.

I’m lucky to be able to hunt, I was lucky a mature doe came in near our ground blind that November morning, and I was lucky enough to share it with my brother and get the moment captured on video.

Nebraska Dave
2/25/2011 4:16:50 PM

@Caleb, I suppose you will get some backlash about hunting and it really isn't my forte. I only went hunting for deer once. I got a good shot but totally missed. It was before I became aware that I was right handed but left eye dominant. The only way I could hit the barn was to be standing inside the barn. I am much more a fisherman as basking in the sun, holding a rod and reel, nodding off. The fish will pull on the line and let me know when it's time to reel him in. I'm glad you got your deer for this year. Have a great day enjoying the venison.

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