Do-It-Yourself Whitetails: Part 5

I’d been hunting a couple of treestands on our
property where bucks were frequenting, so I turned these stands over to
my girlfriend. From the get-go, Peg was into action, having numerous encounters
with small and medium-sized bucks. Finally, her number came up!

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Do-It-Yourself Whitetails: Part 6

I found myself positioned in a cedar in the center of our property as the sun broke the eastern horizon. I was beginning to think that I wasn’t going to “git’er done” this year; self pity was starting to flow. Toward 8 a.m., I glanced to my left and spotted large antlers moving my direction.

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Do-It-Yourself Whitetails: Part 2

Most of the month of October was juggled between work responsibilities, family time and the desire to be afield. It allowed for only weekend hunting efforts at this time. No one was seeing any trophy bucks, though a few “nice ones” were encountered. Travis Keith made an early morning hunt and upon exiting the location for the day pulled the card from a nearby trail camera. Upon viewing the contents of the card, he was thrilled to find a picture of a tremendous buck!

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Do-It-Yourself Whitetails: Part 3

As the second week of November arrived, the Okie bowhunters aligned vacation time with the peak of the
whitetail rut. It was time to replace the experimenting, scouting, playing, and
visiting, with some serious time spent in a treestand!

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Do-It-Yourself Whitetails: Part 4

As I listened to Travis Keith’s tale of shooting the buck, I could feel the
bittersweet emotions flowing. I could surely understand his feelings — after
all, I’d just done the same thing in Iowa
only a few days earlier! As Shane Laws arrived on the scene, my wife Peg and I were
headed for Kansas
once again, to our bread-and-butter spot! Laws was hoping for a crack at Stickers and got more than he bargained for!

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Do-It-Yourself Whitetails: Part 1 Of 6

In this six-part series, follow along with some bowhunters
who face the ups and downs of the 2009 whitetail season spent pursuing whitetails the
“real world” way — on their own. See how the high hopes of these bowhunters turn into victory and excitement, or frustration
and heartache, as they put in the time and effort necessary to live and bowhunt exactly like most of you out there do — working
hard, playing hard!

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Whitetail-Mule Deer Hybrids

Ed B. from western Kansas
writes to ask about whitetail-mule deer hybrids. “I live and hunt in an area
that has both whitetails and mule deer. I know they hybridize and I’ve
seen whitetails with forked G-2 antlers. Is the antler configuration the best
way to tell a hybrid?”

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Quail Hunting Kansas’ Flint Hills

Warm-weather quail are as elusive as leprechauns. However, as if welcoming me to Kansas, two birds flushed through an open spot and I dropped them both. Four-for-four on a pair of doubles, which, for me, is like hitting the jackpot on two successive pulls of a dollar slot in Las Vegas!

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