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Last Chance in Kansas
Groups: Tribe Stories
Dec 14, 2011
November 29th was the eve of the 2011 Kansas firearms deer season. Kansas' archery season would go another couple of days, but it was my last real chance to fill an archery tag before things were turned upside down. I sat motionless in my tree stand, day dreaming about the close call from my morning hunt with a great non-typical mule deer. I had been matching wits with the buck for several weeks and finally had him in a great position to sneak in for a shot. Apparently, it was not meant to be because as I slowly eased up to pinpoint his location, a hen pheasant erupted in between the bedded buck and me. The flushing pheasant was enough to spook the buck from his bed.


In between my trips to dreamland, I was keeping tabs on several whitetail bucks that appeared to have a hot doe pinned down in a distant pasture. None of the bucks were deer I would shoot, but it was something to pass the time. I had drifted off again, replaying recent hunts with the mule deer, when I saw movement in the bottom of the creek bed – a mature whitetail buck working my direction.

He walked slowly, stopped to groom himself, covered a few more yards and stuck his head into a bush, raking his antlers on the spindly branches. I thought about shooting, but there were too many twigs covering his vitals. The buck came out of the bush and I thought he was going to stay in the bottom of the creek to work several scrapes. 

Instead, he turned and came up the trail that leads right by my tree. When he disappeared behind a thick trunk in front of me, I hit full draw. He stepped silently out in my shooting lane, and I let out a grunt with my mouth. He stopped in perfect view. My arrow disappeared behind his shoulder, and he bounded off a short ways, still within sight when he tipped over.

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Matt you are a constant threat to big animlas everywhere. nice work dude, Jesse
Posted by Jesse Coots on Jul 8, 2012 11:14 AM
awesome video,killer shots and music set the mode wishing it was hunting season already,

Posted by Derek Winter on Jan 9, 2012 10:54 PM
Greetings from the Flint Hills of Kansas! Big fan of your products and of course the wildlife of our boring state.
Posted by Joe on Dec 30, 2011 7:39 AM
Congrats again Matt on a great buck. I enjoy our in season conversations. I have a ton of respect for how hard you hunt and how much effort you put into a season. We'll talk soon.

Posted by Garrett Roe on Dec 15, 2011 2:48 PM
Right on Matt way to get it done!
Posted by Dale Pearson on Dec 14, 2011 7:57 PM
Very nice Matt!! That sounds like some fun times sitting in a tree and having the possibility of shooting a mule deer or a whitetail!! Congrats again on an outstanding animal!!
Posted by Chad Bell on Dec 14, 2011 7:50 PM

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