Eighteen Point Kansas Bow Buck

 

 

whitetail buck deerI wanted to finally share the story of my 2014 18 point Kansas bow buck. I was lucky enough to kill him with my Mathews Z7 bow. It was one of my shortest hunts and most exciting.

Kansas Bow Buck

It was early November and I had been watching several nice bucks on my trail cameras. I had been keeping an eye on one buck in particular. He was the biggest one I had on camera last season and a friend of mine named him “Stickers”. Stickers was a main frame ten with split brows on the right and double brows on the left. He also had a bunch of kickers. The buck just had a ton of character and would be a great Kansas bow buck. I had been feeding him and about 10 other bucks a special blend of minerals all spring and summer. Knowing I would probably be transferring to Kentucky at any time. I had made the easy decision to take “Stickers” if I was lucky enough to see the big brute. Hopefully, I would be able to get a good shot at him.

A friend of mine Brian who also had permission to hunt across the road from where I lived had called me one evening. He asked me to go hunting. The next morning and with a nice cold front coming in. I knew all the conditions were perfect to hunt my portable stand. I had hung it behind my house in the location I was getting tons of trail camera pictures of Stickers.northeast Kansas buck named stickers

The Hunt

The next morning I got up and showered and ate and got my gear and walked about 300 yards behind the house. As I made my way up the tree in my portable the excitement built. I ran some deer out when I walked in and I thought I had messed up. They started blowing at me. I got settled in. The temperature was in the low 40’s and the wind was light and out of the northwest. I was hoping to get a big Kansas bow buck. After it had just been daylight for a little while  I heard grunting coming from a nearby field. The leaves were still on the trees so I couldn’t see good. I saw what I could tell was a huge bodied buck out in the field even though I couldn’t see his antlers.

Grunt Call Works Again

I got my grunt call and gave him three short but firm grunts, and it was on. I couldn’t see him after that but he made a huge splash through the creek coming straight towards me like he was on a string. When he got close all I could see was his nose to the ground and that big rack coming to me. I knew he was a shooter so I drew back and it was to thick to get a shot. He stopped right behind the tree I was in. He was only about ten feet from him. I had to let off my draw before he stopped behind the tree. When I did my arrow made a slight noise and he stopped. Buck fever got me bad. I had to regain my composure.whitetail buck deer

I told myself he’s going to walk in a second and when he does draw back and ease to the left slowly. Then he will be in the clear. Sure enough he started walking and got in the clear about ten yards and stopped.

Kansas Bow Buck Down

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My 18 point archery whitetail.

When I went to put my pin on him there were two small trees in the kill zone. But there was enough room to place a carbon arrow tipped with a 100 grain G5 Montec for a double lung shot. When I squeezed that trigger on my release the sound that arrow made was sweet. and He walked about 50 yards and crashed. I had just taken my biggest buck ever with a bow. My heart raced! I started texting my buddies and telling them the news.

Sometimes It Takes Luck

I didn’t know it until later after checking a trail camera my buddy Brian had gone in to one of my stands across the road to hunt. Trail cameras confirm Stickers was in the area when Brian walked in. He possibly gave him a little nudge in my direction. It was a quick hunt. One of the most exciting I have been on in 34 years of hunting. There isn’t anything that can compare to taking a monster whitetail with a bow.

Bow Season Around the Corner

Bow season is just around the corner, or at least I keep telling myself that. I haven’t posted in a long while due to a recent job transfer from Kansas to Kentucky. I sure am going to miss the awesome whitetail hunting in our backyard in Kansas. I’m excited to hunt a state I have never hunted before in Kentucky. Just a few minutes ago my wife called me to look out the window. There was a big beautiful doe feeding in the edge of the woods in our backyard here in Kentucky.

Bow Season Opening Day Right Around Corner

Bow Season Opening Day

freak nasty buckWell it’s about three weeks until the whitetail bow season opening day here in Kansas. Today I went to check one of my trail cameras and put up a stand. I had put out some Big Tine Fortified Deer Blend about a week ago in this honey hole which is one of my favorite bow hunting spots.

Pictures of Bucks

We couldn’t wait to see our pictures. tall tine buckBecause when I first put this camera out as I was riding my four wheeler down the edge of the cornfield coming out. I saw a huge buck. I was certain was “Tall Tine”.  We hadn’t seen him since last October 10th. We were afraid he died. But sure as the world when I checked my sd card he was back bigger and better than ever. I got a ton of pictures of many other bucks. One really nice non-typical freak nasty buck with three main beams and about 13 to 15 points.

Opening Day Soon

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I am really pumped up and ready to get after the big boys and bow season opening day can’t get here soon enough.

How about you have you got your stands up and cameras out? How about food plots? If you planted food plots how are they looking? We have had some decent rain here in the mid-west and it is a lot cooler this year than it was last year at this time. Plus last season was terrible with EHD in Kansas. Other states as well but hopefully the cooler weather and rain will help keep that stuff away this year. I was really worried about there being any big bucks this year because I was afraid EHD had just about wiped them off them out. But it looks like this is going to be a great season, fingers crossed.

I have been practicing with my bow daily, and the Mathews Z7 is shooting so sweet and ready to go! We owe it to the deer to make sure we are able to make good clean shots. Practice in all types of conditions so we can be confident when it comes time to take a shot. So lets get out there and practice.

Have a great up-coming deer season everyone.

Archery Equipment Recurves Compounds

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My archery equipment Mathews Z7.

Now that the season is over you might be in the market for some new archery equipment, perhaps a new bow and choosing the right bow for you can be fun but you want to make sure you make a good decision and don’t rush into buying something you are not going to be happy with later. Today we have a guest post from Jeff Stevens from Huntersguide.org. if you get a chance go over and check out their website which has some great information on deer hunting.   Thanks for the great post Jeff.

Archery Equipment

Recurve Bows and Compound Bows 

Archery, a once-popular method for basic human survival and combat, is now a common sport and method of hunting. The main tool in the sport of archery is a bow that shoots arrows. Bows were made of pinewood and arrows were made of flint and rocks. Made from aluminum and fiberglass. The recurve and the compound both can be used for archery, hunting, and bowfishing. Most often people are not sure which bow is better to use, especially if they are new to the archery scene. Accessories are needed in archery, such as arrows, rests, sights, and strings.

Archery Equipment Decisions

However, before you can buy any of those items you must buy the main tool: the bow. Both the recurve bow and the compound bow have advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your experience level, budget, and personal preference, this article will help you decide which bow is right for you.

 

Recurve Bows

Recurve bows were first made out of wood in ancient Asia. Throughout history the Chinese, Mongols, Huns, Greeks, and Turks all used them. Some companies still make wooden recurve bows today. Commonly made from fiberglass or carbon. Recurve bows generally come in three different variations: the basic style, the take-down style, and the composite style. The composite style is  no longer used. The most popular take down style can be disassembled. Recurve bows curve away from you and are designed to shoot short distances. The curves allow the bow to be more stiffer and shoot arrows with more force. Recurves are technologically advanced.

Recurves

However, recurve bows do not have as many advanced technological features as compound bows and therefore do not shoot arrows as accurate as a compound bow would. The typical length of a modern recurve bow is between 20 and 25 inches. The Olympics only allows recurves. The typical price of recurve bow is between $100 and $300, although some can cost up to nearly $1,000. Expensive recurve bows are for experienced archers.

 

Compound Bows

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This is my new Mathews Z7.

Compound bows are similar to recurve bows except they are more modern. Using a system of pulleys and wires to operate and can give let-off or give no let-off. Since compound bows are more technological they can shoot arrows further than a recurve bow can.

History of Bows

The most popular type of bow used today is the compound which first came out in 1969. Unlike the recurve bow, compound bows have many more parts like the cam and limb pockets. Limbs of a recurve bow are stiff. The limbs of a compound bow are even stiffer making it more energy efficient.  Made from light materials. Due to the difference in materials, compound bows are easier to transport and they are more durable, especially in bad weather.

Bow Maintenance

However, compound bows will need more maintenance than a recurve bow since they are more advanced. They have room for add-ons and attachment such as sights and rests. Restringing your compound bow is part of it’s maintenance. It does require a bow press.

Prices for Archery Equipment

The typical price of a compound bow is usually more expensive than the price of a re-curve bow, ranging from between $300 and $700 although there are some that are available for a higher price. It is important to remember that since compound bows are more popular archery equipment, there are many brand names available and advocates of certain brands may try to sway you into buying a specific bow. Do not rush your decision if you are looking to get a compound bow but be sure to choose one that you can best handle, afford, and take care of.

 

Which One is Right For You?

Deciding on whether to choose a recurve bow or a compound bow is a choice that should be taken seriously. Especially since both of these bows cost a lot of money. Recurve bows are most recommended for beginners due to their traditional design, ease of use, cheapness in price, and lower-level of maintenance. They serve as good practice tools for getting into advanced archery. Beginners can use compound bows if they wish but they are much more expensive than recurve bows so it is sometimes better to go with the easier, cheaper option just in case you decide that archery is not something that you can handle or enjoy.

Accuracy

More experienced archers may find the accuracy of compound bows more desirable than the accuracy of a recurve bow. They will also have more knowledge of bow maintenance. Making it easier for themselves if anything goes wrong with the bow. It is important to analyze the differences between each bow.

Do not jump to buy the most attractive, expensive fastest-shooting bow, especially if you are just looking to show it off. Instead, buy the bow that you feel most comfortable starting off with and work your way up.

About the author

Jeff Stevens is a writer and co-creator of the hunting website huntersguide.org/. He enjoys fishing, hunting, playing the guitar, and writing. He recently helped to write an article about the huntersguide.org/articles/compound-vs-recurve-bow-for-hunting compound vs recurve bow for hunting.

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Bow Season Finally Arrives

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Bow season has finally arrived.

Bow Season

After a long hot summer bow season is almost upon us  here in Kansas. This morning bow season starts in Georgia and a lot of my friends are headed to the woods to get after those big bucks. I can’t wait to see some of the pictures of the big boys taken on opening day. I have already seen several huge bucks taken in Kentucky this bow season. Fall is by far my favorite time of the year. With college football, deer hunting and cooler weather it just doesn’t get any better than that.

Drought Conditions Tough On Deer

It has been so dry here in the mid-west this summer even though the last couple of weeks we have gotten some much needed rain. For a while the deer seemed to be concentrated near water. Which one of the places I have permission to hunt didn’t have water on it and the deer were pretty much staying near a pond a quarter mile away. With the recent rain and the creeks having water in them now I have been seeing more deer.

Bucks On Trail Camera

I have been getting some nice bucks on trail camera, one buck in particular we named “Tall Tine 8” he is the biggest buck I have on camera this year so far and he is the first one to be out of velvet. All the other bucks I’ve seen are still in velvet. Most of the pictures I am getting of bucks they are all still in bachelor groups. I bet they will be going their own separate ways a little more in the next few weeks. I haven’t seen any light sparring but expect to see some in the next few weeks.

Bow Season Hunter Safety Is Top Priority

It is an exciting time of the year and I want to wish all of you the best of luck. But before I go I wanted to remind everyone to be safe out there. It only takes a split second for an accident to happen. Always wear those safety harnesses and always identify your target before shooting. Don’t ever shoot into the brush at an unidentified target if you can’t see what it is don’t shoot. I recently bought a few of the Hunter Safety system Life lines and I love them. They are simple to use and keep me connected to the tree from the time I leave the ground until I touch ground. I had my doubts but I really, really like this product it makes you feel safe the whole time you are in the tree.