Matt and I were fortunate enough to be chosen by Drury Outdoors to be one of the six teams to participate in Dream Season 8: Workin’ Man. As soon as we received the good news, we began the process of finalizing our hunts for the upcoming season. One of the states we had always dreamed of hunting was Kansas and fortunately for us, Rod Sullins of South East Kansas Outfitters had become a good friend of ours and invited us out to chase trophy whitetails during the early muzzleloader season.

A couple months later, on September 17th, Matt and I began one of our many long journeys of the season. Five states and sixteen hours later, we arrived in the small town of Fredonia, Kansas and met up with Rod. The excitement of arriving in Kansas was beginning to finally set in. Immediately upon arrival, we headed out to check some of the areas with Rod, where he had been seeing some mega-giants and decided to hang our reconyx cameras to take inventory. After two days of scouting, glassing, and taking inventory we narrowed our primary hunting areas to two main bedding areas, and a 200 acre bean field. We decided to hunt the bedding areas in the mornings and the bean field in the afternoons.

Finally, on September 20th, opening day of early muzzleloader had arrived. Matt and I were flat stoked in anticipation to try out the new Thompson Center Dream Season Omega. On opening morning we saw a beautiful two year old eight pointer, several does and small buck, but nothing we wanted to put our Kansas tag on. That afternoon the deer movement was relatively slow due to hot weather and full moon. At last light, we noticed movement at about 300 yards. The image Matt and I saw was breathtaking, a true Kansas Boone & Crockett and another mega-giant were feeding at the opposite end of the bean field. Without hesitation, we both agreed that the blind needed to be on the opposite side of the bean field if we were going to have a chance.

The following morning we moved the blind to a point, 300 yards north of where we had set the afternoon before. For once, we both agreed on the same spot, and at that point we both knew that the afternoons hunt looked very promising. With the 93 degree temperature and full moon, we both knew that if one of the these brutes showed up, it would be at last light. Long and behold, with light fading fast, three does stepped out at fifty-two yards and I told Matt to get ready. As Matt failed to believe me, as usual, I insisted that he get the camera ready. It was merely seconds until a true Kansas giant made his presence known at fifty-one yards. Matt, still fumbling with the camera, finally gets settled and gives me the okay to take the biggest shot of my life. After the smoke cleared, and only three does proceeded to clear the field, our hearts sank. After a quick review of the footage, it was all high-fives, as the Virginia boys had dropped their biggest buck to date, in his tracts.

If you are interested in booking a Kansas Trophy Whitetail Hunt, look no further than South East Kansas Outfitters with Rod Sullins. You may contact him at 620-704-4166 or visit his website at www.sekoutfitters.com.

Happy Hunting,

Jason Bowers