Whitetail Deer Rut Report

whitetail deer rut report

Kansas buck watching doe.

Well, it has turned cold here in Kentucky. The whitetail deer rut report has been the same from most of my friends in different states. The bucks are moving good and chasing does hard the past couple of weeks. I’ve seen some really nice bucks being taken from several different states.

Whitetail Deer Rut Report

I have heard of several nice bucks being killed in Kentucky the past two weeks. All of them were chasing or following does. One of my friends got up late and headed to his stand. Around 8 am and encountered 3 bucks chasing does while heading to his stand. He was able to make a good shot on the third buck which ended up scoring 166″. The same day his hunting buddy killed a nice 10 pointer chasing a doe on the same lease. Another friend of mine killed a very nice big 12 pointer in Kentucky and he was chasing a doe as well.

deer mating season

These bucks are in pursuit of this doe in heat.

I got a deer hunting update from Kansas, Missouri, Georgia and Illinois. The weather is cold and the big bucks are chasing does. A friend of mine in Georgia sent me some pictures of a 150″ buck he is after but he hasn’t gotten him yet. Although he is getting daylight trail camera pictures of him. I just love this time of year seeing all the big bucks taken and hearing all the stories about how they got them.

How about where you hunt? What has the rut action been like for you? Send us some pictures of your bucks and share your whitetail deer rut report with us. We would love to hear how your season is going where you hunt. Hopefully everyone is having a fun safe deer season and either getting some meat or killing that trophy buck of a lifetime or just enjoying time spent in the great outdoors with family and friends. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

 

2016-2017 Deer Hunting Regulation Changes

2016-2017 deer hunting regulation changesI just wanted to go over a few 2016-2017 deer hunting regulation changes that have been approved already in a few different states. Some people may view the changes as good and some may view them as bad. One thing is for sure you can’t make everyone happy all of the time.

2016-2017 Deer Hunting Regulation Changes From Various States

  • Missouri: Maintain current timing of the November portion and reduce the length from 11 to 9 days.

Expand the late youth portion to three days beginning the first day after Thanksgiving.

Reduce the length of antlerless portion from 12 to 3 days and begin on the first Friday in December.

Eliminate the urban zones portion.

  • Wisconsin: ten deer management units will not have an antlerless quota (each within the Northern and Central Forest zones).

While the rest of Wisconsin will have a quota of 256,775 antlerless deer (compared to 224,735 in 2015).

The issuance of bonus deer hunting permits.

In addition to farmland zone permits included with each deer hunting license, will include 22,775 permits valid on public access lands (compared to 18,450 in 2015) and 136,875 permits valid on private lands (compared to 125,375 in 2015).

As a reminder, bonus antlerless permit sales for the Forest zones begin Monday, Aug.15 at 10 a.m.

Central Farmland Zone permits will go on sale Aug. 16.

And Southern Farmland Zone bonus permits will be made available Aug. 17.

A Holiday Hunt will be held in 13 counties and provide for an additional antlerless-only opportunity for firearm hunters from Dec. 24 to Jan.1.

In addition, junior license holders in Ashland, Sawyer and Forest counties will not be allowed to harvest antlerless deer – these councils exercised their right to submit this recommendation in an effort to encourage increased herd growth.

  • Texas: AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted a suite of changes to this year’s deer hunting regulations that includes:

Expanding white-tailed deer hunting into 14 counties across the western Panhandle, and creating additional deer hunting opportunities in East Texas.

The Commission adopted the following changes to the 2016-17 Statewide Hunting Proclamation, the details of which will be incorporated into this year’s Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Outdoor Annual: Elimination of the Antlerless and Spike-buck Control Permit due to lack of demand;

Define “unbranched antlered deer” to clarify what constitutes a legal buck across seasons and to alleviate confusion among hunters.

Replace the “Special Late Antlerless and Spike-buck Season” with a “Special Late Season” to accommodate the inclusion of “unbranched antlered deer” in the bag limit;

Allow the take of antlerless deer without a permit on certain U.S. Forest Service Lands during youth-only seasons;

Clarify that white-tailed antlerless deer harvest during the archery-only season does not require a permit and harvest of antlerless deer during youth seasons is restricted to persons 16 years of age and younger including on properties issued Level 1 Managed Lands Deer (MLD) Permits;

Implement both a general and special archery-only season for white-tailed deer in Andrews, Bailey, Castro, Cochran, Gaines, Hale, Hockley, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Parmer, Terry and Yoakum counties, with a bag limit of three deer (no more than one buck and no more than two antlerless), which is identical to adjoining/nearby counties that currently have a season.

Implement both a general and special archery-only season for white-tailed deer in Winkler County, with a bag limit of three deer (no more than one buck and no more than two antlerless, with the take of antlerless deer restricted to the archery-only season or properties issued MLDP antlerless tags).

The new season is identical to adjoining/nearby counties that currently have a season. Establish four “doe days” (time periods in when antlerless deer may be taken without a permit in parts of the state where antlerless harvest regulations are conservative) in Bell (east of IH35), Burleson, Ellis, Falls, Freestone, Kaufman, Limestone, Milam, Navarro and Williamson (east of IH35) counties;

-Increase the number of doe days to 16 in Anderson, Brazos, Camp, Gregg, Grimes, Henderson, Lamar, Leon, Madison, Morris, Red River, Robertson and Upshur counties;

And-implement a muzzleloader-only late season in Anderson, Bell (East of IH 35), Brazos, Burleson, Comal (East of IH 35), Delta, Ellis, Fannin, Falls, Franklin, Freestone, Grimes, Hays (East of IH 35), Henderson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Navarro, Rains, Red River, Robertson, Smith, Titus, Travis (East of IH 35), Van Zandt, Williamson (East of IH 35), and Wood counties.

  • Arkansas

    : Added a youth modern gun permit hunt for Rick Evans Grandview Prarie WMA. Add a private lands antlerless-only deer hunt in deer zones 4, 4a, 4b, 5, 5B,7 and 11

  • Ohio

    :White-tailed deer hunting season changes include moving the two day gun season to Saturday and Sunday December 17-18. And muzzleloader season to January 7-10, 2017.

These are just a few of the states approved changes so far that I could find. Make sure to check the official 2016-2017 deer hunting regulation changes for the appropriate state you will be hunting.

Hunting in Georgia

I grew up hunting in Georgia and recently moved to Kansas and now Kentucky and it was an eye opener to see different game regulations and how they went about deer hunting in different states. The one thing I would really like to see in Georgia and I know everyone won’t agree with this but I think the Georgia rifle season is just too long. I think they could shorten the season for when you could shoot a buck with a rifle but still let hunters that wanted meat to have ample opportunity to shoot does. Most but not all that I talk to in Georgia seem to think the buck to doe ratio is way more does than bucks in Georgia. I’m  not sure if that is actually the case because I haven’t hunted in Georgia for several years now.

Kansas Hunting

It was just so refreshing when I was transferred to Kansas and started hunting there to see the bucks able to reach their mature age and get big and to actually have a decent chance at getting a buck of a lifetime. It seems like it would make sense for Georgia to limit hunters to one buck in a shorter rifle time period and let hunters still shoot does with a rifle if they needed meat. That would help the bucks reach a mature age and give Georgia hunters a better chance at mature bucks. What would you like to see change as far as hunting regulation changes in Georgia or your state?

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Non Typical King of Kansas Whitetail Crowned

It was a great deer hunting show in Topeka January 24-26 at the Monster Buck Classic. TThe big news was a new Non Typical King of Kansas whitetail was crowned. The big buck is a beautiful whitetail that all deer hunters dream about taking some day. The Monster Buck Classic had some impressive bucks brought in over the 3 day event. It is always fun to see all the monster Kansas bucks brought in to be scored and some entered into the Monster buck contest.

Non Typical King of Kansas Whitetail

Cade Hays King of Kansas Non-Typical

Non Typical King of Kansas Whitetail

The reigning champ Lucas Cochren’s 238 4/8″ fell to the new reigning buck killed by Cade Hays with a gross Boone & Crockett score of 247″ and net score of 239 7/8″. Only a slight difference of  1 and 1/8 inches! Talk about close. Cade had a video from a trail camera of the big brute rubbing a tree and had the actual tree as a pedestal to hold the mount. It was really impressive.

Both Lucas and Cade’s bucks are amazing bucks and are once in a lifetime bucks. Congratulations to both of them for taking such beautiful bucks!

King of Kansas Typical

Don Parr’s King of Kansas typical.

Don Parr’s Typical King of Kansas another amazing monster buck held on as the King of Kansas typical (194 6/8 net) for at least another year. What a stud typical buck. Congratulations to Don for retaining the King of Kansas typical once again. To see this buck in person is just really impressive. The G2’s and 3’s are just crazy long.

It will be fun to see how long the King of Kansas bucks can hang on to their crowns. One thing is for sure when it comes to monster bucks Kansas has them. Furthermore, you never know what you might see show up at the “Monster buck Classic We Are Kansas” deer hunting show next year.

Lucas Cochran's King of Kansas non-typical

Lucas Cochran’s former King of Kansas non-typical

Kansas Monster Buck Classic Big Deer Heaven

Kansas Monster Buck Classic

2014 Kansas Monster Buck Classic

It’s time once again for the third annual Kansas Monster Buck Classic, and this years show promises to be a great event. The show will be held in Topeka Kansas January 24-26 at the ExpoCentre.  You need to try and make it to this years show if you love big deer. There will be a lot of great activities and great vendors and plenty of fun activities for the children. It should be a great show for all of those who love deer hunting.

Kansas Monster Buck Classic

Professional Hunter Appearances and Headliners

  • Michael Hunsucker -from the hit TV show Heartland Bowhunter that airs on The Outdoor Channel.
  • Jessie Duff -Recognized as one of the most accomplished competition shooters in the world.Matt and Jesse Duff
  • Matt Duff- is a former Major League baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals, and is an owner and co-host of Major League Bowhunter the hit TV show that airs on The Outdoor Channel. Matt and his wife Jessie Co-host Friends of the NRA on the Outdoor Channel.
  • Theresa Vail- Miss Kansas 2013
  • Grant Woods –World renowned whitetail biologist and Growing Deer Tv Host
  • Dan Thurston- from the Outdoor Channel hit tv show Drury’s Bow Madness that airs on Thursday nights.Dan Thurston Bow Madness
  • Zac Cooper- “Little Man Big Dreams”
  • Torry Cook- World Champion Predator caller and speaker
  • Steven Fuller-Host of “The Huntin Grounds”
  • Marian Kincaid -of the TV series “Mudcats”

Kansas Monster Buck Classic Event Times
Friday: 3 PM – 9 PM Saturday: 9 AM – 7 PM Sunday: 10 AM – 4 PM

Event Admission: Paid admission good for the entire weekend so attendees can come and go as they please! Every paid general admission will receive a wristband that must stay attached to arm to be good for all weekend. Buy your tickets at the box office when you arrive at the ExpoCentre.
Children 8 and under: Free 14 and over: $12.00 Youth (9 – 13): $8.00
Active and Veteran Military: $8.00 – Active or Veteran Military ID required at time of admission.
Group/Corporate Ticket Pricing available. For group sales contact Brian Smith at 479-409-6252 or briansmith@mossyoakproperties.com

There will be many different great attractions and a fan favorite is the Monster Buck Contest. There are sure to be some huge Kansas bucks brought in again this year. Can anyone dethrone the current kings? It will sure be fun to see.

Kansas Monster Buck Classic main event will happen at 2PM on Sunday.
Friday: 3 PM – 9 PM Saturday: 9 AM – 7 PM Sunday: 10AM-Noon

Attractions

  • Hunting Film Tour
  • The Antler Collector The world’s largest free range shed collection
  • Kansas Monster Buck Classic Kids Zone
  • .H.E. Kids Bow
  • Tim Wright and the Pellet Range
  • The Monster Buck Classic tattoo parlor
  • Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism Laser Shot
  • Russel Whiles Paintball Target (small cost to play)
  • Red Neck blind a day giveaway
  • and many others

As you can see it is going to be a great show so come on out and bring the family and friends and help us make this years show better than ever. We hope to see you there.

For more information please visit the official website for the Kansas Monster Buck Classic.