No question, November is my favorite month of the year. It’s a time of several weeks or so of vacation, with times taken out for covering the opening weekend of pheasant season and whatever other outdoors event that’s both fun and worthy of an outdoors page feature.
From time to time this November I’ll be blogging on how the month is going.
So far, so great.
Sorry for no recent updates, but some time off work required me keep my fingers off the keys…but also allowed me to continue one of the better Novembers of my life.
That includes a few more days in western Kansas mule deer country after covering the opening of pheasant season, and that great afternoon when both of my host’s sons bow-killed nice deer within minutes of each other – one a nice whitetail and one a very good mule deer.
I’ve never made any secret of my appreciation for the Kansas mule deer herd. I most enjoy the spot-and-stalk hunting in the country they call home. It can include table top-flat fields of wheat or milo stubble and hair-thick fields of CRP grasses. My favorite habitat, though, is the often steep and broken canyon country that trace the river and creek bottoms of western Kansas.
The deer are usually more visible than whitetails, especially when young and especially during the rut. Some label them as “stupid” or “too easy” because of their visibility from roads at this time of the year. A lot of that has to do with rut, as bucks stick with does no matter where they find them.
Earlier this month bucks not wanting to leave does bedded near roads, or often pushed into the corners of tall barbed-wire fences offered some great photography opportunities.
From my point of view, I can assure you that some mature mule deer bucks seem to be quite accomplished at staying out of the range of rifle and bow hunters. Every year monster bucks are seen for the first time by some really good hunters. Many quality bucks die of old-age though some quality hunters were on their trails for years.
Stay tuned for the story of one good buck that seemingly made a bad decision last week.