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Old 12-06-2017, 04:57 PM   #1
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Been trying to decide where to go on an out of state hunt. Probably 4 or 5 guys. Would love to hunt Kansas but it seems between the draw system and higher prices for non residents Nebraska or Kentucky might be better options? Never hunted outside of Texas. Which state would you suggest? Looking for good deer,not a meat hunt. Doesn't have to be 180" but not interested in going that far to shoot a couple of 120" deer either. Any advice would be great.
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Old 12-06-2017, 05:05 PM   #2
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Kentucky is such a sleeper State ... they got monsters
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Old 12-06-2017, 05:12 PM   #3
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I'm not familiar with Kentucky but in Nebraska you have both muleys and whitetail. Many parts of the state have both. I've pheasant hunted quite a few times around McCook in the SW part of the state and we always see lots of mule deer in the draws between the crop fields and on CRP land. They also kill some monster whitetails in the bottoms along the Republican River which runs through there. I've heard the hunting along the Platte and Missouri rivers is excellent as well.
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Old 12-06-2017, 05:14 PM   #4
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Nebraska for the scenery/adventure/diversity of game, Kentucky for the higher scoring whitetails and Deliverance factor.
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Old 12-06-2017, 05:44 PM   #5
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Kentucky a thousand times over.
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Old 12-06-2017, 08:56 PM   #6
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So far 3-1 Kentucky. Anyone hunt Kentucky public land?
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:04 PM   #7
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So far 3-1 Kentucky. Anyone hunt Kentucky public land?
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:13 PM   #8
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Nebraska big time. Can't beat those big Nebraska deer
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:24 PM   #9
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I'm going Nebraska . More because the for the most parts the ranches or farms are much larger tracts. My brother just back from a outfitted guided hunt with Whitetail Heavens outfitters in Kentucky and they claim they lease 50,000 acres in Ohio / Kentucky ( which is probably false) . What they don't tell you is that none of it is continuous but small acreage and put 3-5 hunters on 150 acres. And run 100 hunters through per week. Like most other outfitters according to friends of mine up there. Once that big Record buck was killed , Kentucky isn't a sleeper anymore. Kentucky will be shot out soon

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Old 12-06-2017, 10:25 PM   #10
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This buck was shot a few weeks ago...KY has a very short rifle season which allows the deer to get big...

I am going to hunt up there again next year. However, the out of state license and tag is about $400 FYI...
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:26 PM   #11
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After hunting in Ks for 14 years, it's not what it's cut out to be anymore. Deer quality has gone down.
That said, do your research. Kentucky has been spittin out some monsters just in the past 3 years. In fact, I've even been thinking about going from Ks to Ky.
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:37 PM   #12
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Kansas is over rated. Have some buddies that hunt up there and bring home tag soup more often than not.
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:42 PM   #13
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Kansas is over rated. Have some buddies that hunt up there and bring home tag soup more often than not.
Probably so now overall. There still areas that are great if your hunting on large tracts. Outfitters killed it. Overbooking hunters week after week. Hunting shows have ruined more areas than anything.
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:05 PM   #14
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Nebraska, less people, more contiguous land in ranches and other areas.
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:12 PM   #15
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for about 3 or 4 years running kentucky produced the highest rate of b&c deer per square mile in the country. just make sure the land is very private, ie no public land abutting you.
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Old 12-07-2017, 02:33 AM   #16
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Southwestern Kentucky areas around Fort Campbell, Christian County, etc.
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Old 12-07-2017, 08:57 PM   #17
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Thanks. I'm going to keep looking and try to decide where we will have the best odds.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:53 PM   #18
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Even though its not on your list I would start buying Iowa preference points. It takes some time to draw (zone 5 and 6) but its worth it. There is plenty of great public ground and it does not get a lot of pressure.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:01 PM   #19
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Probably so now overall. There still areas that are great if your hunting on large tracts. Outfitters killed it. Overbooking hunters week after week. Hunting shows have ruined more areas than anything.
Re: Kansas: Very True....painfully! Our part is infested with outfitters running 100's of guys through shooting 2-3yr old bucks and wiping out what we USED to have around our lease... Sux
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Old 12-12-2017, 09:10 AM   #20
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Good info. Thanks
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Old 12-12-2017, 09:25 AM   #21
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Re: Kansas: Very True....painfully! Our part is infested with outfitters running 100's of guys through shooting 2-3yr old bucks and wiping out what we USED to have around our lease... Sux
Yup, that's what happens when the hunting shows run nonstop telling everyone there's a Booner behind every tree.
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Old 12-12-2017, 09:34 AM   #22
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Probably so now overall. There still areas that are great if your hunting on large tracts. Outfitters killed it. Overbooking hunters week after week. Hunting shows have ruined more areas than anything.
Not a more true statement made.

As for as the OP original question, I personally have started buying Iowa preference points, and as Arrowsmith has listed, 5 and 6 has lots of public low pressure grounds.

Kentucky has produced some good numbers of giant deer in the past 5 to 6 years though.

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