Mike's Mule Deer

Mike's western Kansas Mule Deer.

Decided at the last moment to go deer hunting...Called the MAHA office and made a reservation for the area I wanted, less than a week before the hunt. Did not get to hunt until this morning...Was on stand about an hour and a half when this guy walked across the edge of the field I was hunting. Made a free hand 225 yard shot...There is no doubt in my mind that I could have harvested a much bigger buck but patience is not a virtue that I am blessed..."

Just got back from my 5 day [location deleted] Safari. I call it a safari because I have the opportunity to hunt two different species of deer (mule and whitetail), three different species of upland birds (pheasant, quail, and prairie chicken), various species of duck and goose as well as two different species of rabbit, not to mention the coyote hunting, all in the same township, in the same county. Normally I just hunt deer, pheasant and quail. This year I harvested two deer, 7 pheasants and a quail. Attached are a couple of pictures of my best day. I harvested an old brawler on the second morning of the season with a mile spot and stock coming within 30 yards of the old bruiser. In most deer pictures that I am in, there is a little deer shrinkage because I am a rather large guy. When looking at this buck, remember that I am 6'4" and weigh about 250 lbs. He had 9 of his 12 points broken off but did not have any scars which would mean to me he must have been the dominant buck in the area. After I took this buck to the locker to donate the meat to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH), I went back and harvested three roosters and a quail in a late afternoon hunt. The next day, I bird hunted in the morning and harvested two roosters, and harvested an anterless deer for FHFH in the afternoon. Quite a busy two days of hunting. Most of the balance of the time I took some pictures; I will send you a link in which you can see a sequence of photos that show two nice bucks chasing a doe. Take care, Mike


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