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November 21: Lance Chapman

With gun season going on in Kentucky , Robin and I decided to head out west to Kansas for some bowhunting. Louie had been out here in late October and into the first week of November but had seen very little activity in regard to shooter bucks on their feet. I had hopes that the rut would be kicking in when we arrived. With abnormally warm temps when we stepped out of the truck I decided to immediately check the Reconyx cams that had been running on the farm for the past month. I was excited to see 3 or 4 possible shooter bucks on the cams with the best being a main framed 6x5 .

The best thing about this buck was the fact that he was on his feet the day before we arrived at 10 am checking a crape. We elected to hunt a set not far from this scrape just inside the timber overlooking a bench that was full of pin oaks that the deer were feeding on. The 2nd day we had a nice encounter with a mature 8 pointer but he just would not leave the does and come into range. The 3rd morning came with temps in the mid 60s and 20 mph winds but it was November and you just have to put time in the tree so we went back to the same set. Just 20 minutes after daylite , I saw a doe coming our way , not far behind was a shooter buck . The closer he got , I realized it was the 6x5 we had pics of . He came in to about 50 yds and locked up , he was nervous in the high wind , standing in one spot for about 10 minutes moving only a few yards when the doe would move. Finally , after what seemed like an eternity , he made a few steps and came into range and I let the PSE and rage head do the rest . It was a perfect shot and he only made it about 70 yds before piling up ! What a great way to end my Kansas hunt even it was 75 degrees ! Just goes to show ya , regardless of the weather , get up a tree if its November !