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November 30: Jeff Lindsey

This hunt started back in turkey season when I first stepped foot on this piece of dirt in the land of Oz. It was a beautiful farm that had produced some great bucks and I couldn’t wait to hunt it come fall. It had a lot of character to it, on the south side of the farm, where the timber met the grain fields was an expansive old home place that included a large, old barn. I didn’t pay much attention to the barn until my next visit in late summer. My dad and I went to hang some stands in late August and it was some kind of hot! Temps near 110 degrees to be exact, this Southwest portion of Kansas had less than an inch and a half of rain since January!

Right next to the old barn was an old water tank that I thought would make a great watering hole for the deer if I could get it back working. Well, with a little work we had the tank pumping and you could view it perfectly out of the window of the 2 story barn. I thought this would be the perfect setup for my wife, Ashley, to get her first buck with a bow, turns out her school ended up getting in the way and she was only able to hunt 2 days in mid November that were extremely warm. She had a couple great encounters but nothing close enough for her PSE Chaos. I planned on heading back to Kansas after Thanksgiving and giving it a try one more time before I focused on Iowa’s late season. We arrived to much colder temps this trip and the bucks were slowly transitioning from the ladies to the food. The first couple of days we passed a couple of really nice young 10 pointers in hopes for one of our more mature deer we were after. We were seeing lots of deer but hardly any of the bigger bucks we were after. The 3rd morning we were greeted with 25 mph winds that by 8:30 am had turned into 40 mph gusts that forced us out of the tree and into the biggest stand on the farm-the old barn. This barn is one of the oldest barns in Kansas, built back in the 1800’s out of concrete and was very stable in the high winds. It’s about 100 feet long and on one side we could see the water tank down to the creek bottom and on the other we could view a large wheat field.


Since the winds would be continuing the rest of the day we decided upon the barn for the evening hunt and it turned out to be the right choice. Me and Lil’ Jon were watching out opposite ends of the barn when I noticed a big 9 point heading right to us from the other side of the wheat field. This was a buck I had gotten pictures of all summer on the farm but had vanished on the Reconyx cameras since the rut had gotten going. I was happy to see he was alive and was gonna whack him if I got the chance! He decided to go into the woods as if he was going to come to the water tank, we lost sight of him and me and Jon were running back and forth in the barn trying to figure out which side he was going to resurface on. He finally showed up in the wheat field and was headed our way again. He tried to skirt around the barn near the silo to check does but came too close to my PSE and at 40 yards I let the Rage eat. We watched him fall in the field and I was some kind of pumped, it had been 2 long months since I had shot a buck with my EVO Team Huntve had a buck on the ground! We had gotten in done in the old barn and I can promise you I have never been on a hunt like that! I am sure that barn has to be one of the largest box stands in North America and I feel blessed to have taken a big buck out of one of it’s windows!