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Old 01-23-2019, 10:30 AM   #1
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Howdy, Just putting some feelers out. I have been kicking around the idea of doing a public land hunt to Kansas for a while now, and for some reason have the itch a little more than usual. I have been doing quite a bit of research and it appears that between the WMAs, WIHAs, and Military units there is a large amount of land that is available for hunting. According to my research as well it sounds like Kansas is not what it used to be for whitetails? I find that hard to believe, but then again I have never been there.

Would anybody be willing to share some advice on their experience with hunting in Kansas? Do WMAs get hit harder than WIHAs? Are the hurdles for a non resident to be able to hunt one of the Military units worth it? Some units have surplus tags every year, is this because they donít have many deer in them? EHD? Etc.

Any response would be greatly appreciated!


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Old 01-23-2019, 10:40 AM   #2
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Nope, Kansas doesn’t have any big deer anymore. That’s where my two dink’s in my avatar came from. Don’t have my 181” from this year back from the taxi yet.
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Old 01-23-2019, 10:47 AM   #3
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Old 01-23-2019, 10:51 AM   #4
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Kansas has plenty of ground to hunt, as you have learned from your research. The WIHA's have definite seasons they are open too. The areas you are interested in definitely affect the pressure and difficulty to hunt. The central and Eastern portions of the state are the best for big whitetails, and are much harder to draw. That said, there is still plenty of opportunity. With preference points, even if you don't get drawn the first year, you usually do the next. I can not speak to the Military base programs, as I have never experienced them.

Get on KSOutdoors and look at the current Hunting Atlas, with the maps of all the WMA, WIHA, state lands and Parks, and Federal recreation properties. It will show you just how much there is. I believe they still have about 1.5 million acres available state-wide.
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Old 01-23-2019, 11:02 AM   #5
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We hunt western Kansas for pheasant every year. We hunt WIHA land only. There are HUGE whitetail and mule deer all over. We have been seeing more and more deer hunters in the past couple of years, but it is still not crowded.

Locals and out of state hunters look at us upland bird hunters differently. The out of staters think we messed up their hunt if we drive down the road. The local guys love us because we bump the deer out of the fields and cause them to use their escape routes and pinch points. In the evenings we always talk to deer hunters and tell each other where the game is hiding.
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Old 01-23-2019, 07:53 PM   #6
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Iíve hunted Kansas Public Land for 4 years. Iíve taken 2 good bucks. Missed one. Lost one. Pretty much anywhere in Kansas has good deer. Here is what Iíve learned:

1. Eastern 1/3 of the state gets the most pressure.

2. Find places that arenít ďtypicalĒ deer habitat(bucks will be where people arenít)

3. Ground hunt and donít be afraid to use a decoy.

Check out my Channel DIY Whitetail. Have my previous two years of success on YouTube.

PM me if you want more info. I am moving on from Kansas and can point you towards some good areas.


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Old 01-23-2019, 08:05 PM   #7
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Iíve hunted Kansas Public Land for 4 years. Iíve taken 2 good bucks. Missed one. Lost one. Pretty much anywhere in Kansas has good deer. Here is what Iíve learned:

1. Eastern 1/3 of the state gets the most pressure.

2. Find places that arenít ďtypicalĒ deer habitat(bucks will be where people arenít)

3. Ground hunt and donít be afraid to use a decoy.

Check out my Channel DIY Whitetail. Have my previous two years of success on YouTube.

PM me if you want more info. I am moving on from Kansas and can point you towards some good areas.


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Moving on from Kansas to where? If you dont mine me asking.

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Old 01-23-2019, 08:07 PM   #8
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I have quite a few points in Iowa for next year and then I want to hunt some states like Montana or South Dakota


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Old 01-23-2019, 08:10 PM   #9
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I have quite a few points in Iowa for next year and then I want to hunt some states like Montana or South Dakota


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Cool deal. I've been tossing around trying out Oklahoma public land this year. I hunt 90% public here in east texas with good success. Just want to try something else. Then eventually try more states after Oklahoma.

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Old 01-23-2019, 08:10 PM   #10
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Oklahoma is good too. More pressure than Kansas but good


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Old 01-23-2019, 08:16 PM   #11
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Funny you say that. I watched 2 of your YouTube videos from KS last night. Great videos by the way. Iíll shoot you a pm.


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Old 01-23-2019, 08:18 PM   #12
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Funny you say that. I watched 2 of your YouTube videos from KS last night. Great videos by the way. Iíll shoot you a pm.


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Old 01-29-2019, 08:33 AM   #13
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Iíve been researching my tail off, Iíd like some advice as well. The 2019 season will be my first time hunting in Kansas. I plan on being in Kansas 11/18-11/22 this year if Iím drawn(not sure what Unitís yet, still putting in research on the maps). Any Kansas veteran advice on a DIY hunt would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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Old 01-29-2019, 08:47 AM   #14
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Iíve been researching my tail off, Iíd like some advice as well. The 2019 season will be my first time hunting in Kansas. I plan on being in Kansas 11/18-11/22 this year if Iím drawn(not sure what Unitís yet, still putting in research on the maps). Any Kansas veteran advice on a DIY hunt would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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Send me a PM I will be sure to help you out some


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Old 01-29-2019, 08:59 AM   #15
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I've watched your Kansas (and some other) videos as well, good stuff man!
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Old 01-29-2019, 09:00 AM   #16
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