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After a long grueling season in Illinois, I decided to get some hunting in for myself and grabbed fellow outfitter and fill in cameraman Ed Presley and pointed the truck west toward Kansas on Monday after our IL shotgun season.

We arrived in SE Kansas around noon and we were in stand by 2:00 pm. Set up in a great funnel with tons of rubs and scrapes we were sure we were in a good spot. Late November provides some great action when you are in the right place. The scrapes under our tree were freshened within the last day so we figured we would sit tight until close to dark and try some calling. We were set up in a smallish cedar tree whcih provided lots of cover but limited shooting and difficult filming conditions. We were told there was a 6 1/2 year old 9 pt hanging in the area along with some young superstars.

We were there less than 2 hours when the big old 9 pt decided to come in and check some scrapes. He left the interior scrapes and headed to the pasture behind us. When he passed under the cedar we were in at 7 paces I had to stand on my toes to clear the cedar bows and let an arrow loose.

As always the PSE and Rage smacked him hard and I knew I couldn't have placed the arrow any better. After a 70 yd trail job we found him piled up in the pasture and I was able to get my hands on my first Kansas whitetail. It was a bittersweet end to a hunt where we had planned on sitting all day every day for 4 or 5 days. It was too short of a trip but the hunt gods smiled upon us. We went to KS, sat for 2 hours and saw one deer. Fortunately it was an old warrior and we were lucky enough to make a clean harvest. You can bet I will be back to Kansas during Thanksgiving week every year I can.

One of the Pictures has my 9 year old daughter Jordan in it.