It's 800 miles from north-central Wisconsin to Kansas, but bowhunter Justin Steinke says it was worth the long drive and hard work he put in getting permission for hunting access and hanging tree stands. The eighth day of his Kansas deer hunt was one to remember for the archer when he took this giant whitetail. The 16-point, 225-pound monster Kansas buck is his best by far, and that's especially impressive considering Wisconsin is no slouch in giving up giant whitetails. A week into his Kansas hunt, Justin had seen plenty of deer, and had passed a number of younger, smaller bucks. But he was looking for a much bigger and better Kansas animal, when he got a phone call from a landowner buddy who reported spotting a pair of large bucks chasing does in a hay field one evening. Justin arrived at the hay field around noon the next day (November 9), and had a tree stand set by 2 p.m. The spot he chose was near a creek running through a 40-yard wide timber strip bordering the hay field. On the opposite side of the creek was a cut soybean field. His tree stand was positioned near a deer trail running between the beans and hay, across the creek in the timber, and through a gap in a fence line. It was a perfect funnel to concentrate deer. Outdoor Life Online Editor
Sometimes, the simplest call of all is also the best.