View Full Version : Public land whitetail

12-08-2011, 07:12 PM
I know he's not the biggest in the world, but I may be most proud of this guy of all the animals I've killed due to the circumstances. I lost a buck during archery season in KS and was hunting the rifle portion last week. Most of the public land around me is old strip coal mines. The land is basically all little humps and dips where they piled up the dirt in strips. It's also some of the thickest timber you'll ever see in your life.

I went to a tree I used to bowhunt in a section I haven't hunted in 2 years. When I arrived at my 2 old tree steps I noticed 2 headlamps headed at me from the east. I moved north, and noticed 2 more lamps coming in the same trail I used from the west. I killed my light and moved further north and noticed a couple more lights NE of me. Finally, I saw the last hunter due north. I'm certain there were at least 6 hunters within 200 yards of me. Needless to say, I was frustrated that my hunt was ruined.

I decided to go to the furthest, thickest portion of the property - land I had never covered before. I was still-hunting as slow as you can go. I stopped on top a hump where I could see through the timber about 30 yards and grunted a couple times. After waiting about 5 minutes I began to move on. I took 2 steps and this guy jumped up out of the dip and about 10 yards! He ran to the top of the next hump and stopped (only about 20 yards away). I know he was just going to let me walk right by him if I hadn't walked right on top of him.

I never heard another shot, and fortunately never saw any of the hunters as I was leaving. I don't want them to know where I was. My tree steps now have a new spot as well.

12-08-2011, 07:48 PM
I think that is an awesome buck!!!! Congrats to you!! :)

12-09-2011, 04:12 AM
Man I'm not sure why you don't think that's a big one. That'd be a great buck on private land let alone public. Congrats!!!

12-09-2011, 07:18 AM
Nice buck, congrats to you!

12-09-2011, 09:12 AM
Great deer! I think he is very big. Also that second pic is really cool. Nice job

12-09-2011, 12:33 PM
Nice! Kinda looks like mine for this year, but wider. Got him on public too :) Looks like he's at least 21" wide?

12-09-2011, 12:38 PM
Very nice buck..Congrats to you.

12-09-2011, 12:49 PM
I agree. Awesome buck on private ground, and a phenomenal buck on public. Congrats.

12-09-2011, 04:54 PM
Nice! Kinda looks like mine for this year, but wider. Got him on public too :) Looks like he's at least 21" wide?

Pictures can be deceiving. He's actually just under 19".

Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled with him. I just know our area is known for some true monsters. Believe it or not there are probably deer like this on the majority of farms in my area. They just aren't as prevalent on the public ground. Thanks for all the comments.

12-09-2011, 06:21 PM
Great buck MOH. I would take that buck any day.

12-10-2011, 07:36 AM
looks like a great deer to me.congrats.

12-14-2011, 05:38 PM
Looks like a great buck, congrats!

12-15-2011, 06:45 PM
congrats that so cool to shoot a deer that nice on public land. i know its hard.

12-31-2011, 08:34 PM
Glad it worked out, nothing more frustrating than hunting pressure. Congrats on a great buck.