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    KANSAS RECAP

    Well I have to say I have been back for a week now and still don’t think I have fully recovered? So to start out I flew into Kansas the Sunday before last. The first night in I got settle in and about 630 deer started to head out to the green fields. About 715PM I notice some hard horns to my left. I noticed a 6x5 with very long main beams walking toward me. I immediately pulled up the binoculars and passed on a great buck. I have to say it was a hard decision but still feel like I made the right call. This buck appeared to be a 3 year old 150 class. So to me that buck would be 170-180 if he made it another year.
    So my next couple of hunts I saw some small 8 pointers but nothing to take a shot at but one thing I notice is these deer wanted greens……. So on Wednesday I wanted to hunt this large alfalfa field. The guide told me CREEK I have no shooters in this field because he had a trail camera set up in that field. I was extremely confident anyway. SO that afternoon the wind was like soooo windy in fact it was like 30MPH winds. Anyway it was just one of those chap-stick days. LOL. About 7PM I notice some movement out the corner of my eye and notice a LARGE BUCK coming into the field. Again it wasn’t like when I saw that 6x5 because I wasnt like no maybe one more year. When I saw this buck coming I was like SONNN a big shooter. my heart was beating like i was on the verge of a stroke. LOL I was trying to calm my nerves a little before I committed. So I was going to glass to make sure what I was shooting at one more time. I counted 5 on the left and 5 on the right with one split G2. So I text the guide to let him know I was about to lay the hammer down. He was glassing on the north of the field and could not pick out the buck until I told him. Well I was still trying to get settle in for a shot then for some reason the buck was getting wind scared it look like. so I knew I needed to seal the deal now. I set up on my sticks then release my TC at 80 yds. When the gun went off I thought I mis-fired because I didn’t see any smoke. The guide text me to say you got him saw the shoulder drop. I was so worried my gun didn’t fire. So I pulled the breech to see my powder was gone. I dont think i have every been that work up. Then I text the guide one more time to say I think we should wait a few minutes and he said no we have to get him now because rain Is coming. When we walk in where I saw him last we found blood and a lot of it. SON I was like a kid at the candy store. After about an hour of tracking the guide wanted to pull out. Well that was a long night for me least to say but still not to worry with the amount of blood that we had found. The next day there was rain so we lost the blood trail. The next three days I looked by myself. I walked through so much weeds and CRP I had blisters on my feet. Anyway to say the least this was the first unrecovered muzzle loader shot that the guide has never found. We all knew it was great blood so I am not sure. I still think WE could have jumped him walking in and should have waited because most of the blood was right where i shot. He Probably ran a Kansas mile. If I had to guess what he was I will say every bit of a 170 plus. I have a 160 on my wall and he was way bigger. His bases looked like coke cans.

    Great time though and thanks for all the Support
    STILL waiting on my phone to ring to say we found him. I know we can only recover the horns at this point but that would be just fine for me.
    CREEK
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    Buck
    Hate to hear about your bad luck on finding your buck.Great recall of the hunt,just wish you had a happier ending.Good Luck on the rest of the season.
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    mannn.
    creek id still be tryin to go to sleep. i can only imagine shootin at a deer that big. hope you get that phone call here fore long.
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    Dang!
    Dang son I know you're sick and if it's any consolation, that's how my season has gone with the exception mine were does not 170 class monsters.

    Sorry that happened but, hopefully you'll have the horns in your hands with God's grace. Thanks for sharing a piece of Kansas with us!
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    Kansas
    Like I told ya in text when you was Looking Creek, I think they will find your Deer...I hope so anyway. Maybe the high wind was the reason you didn't see the smoke? I hunt with a muzzle-loader also and I'll be the first to say that it's NOT my favorite type of hunting...Good Luck man, I still say your Horns will be found!!!
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    Kansas
    Well Shucks that Sucks!! I hate it for ya Buddy!! I know you passed on some great deer for an opportunity at that giant but maybe just maybe they will find him. No shame in a great Euro mount or antler mount....Especially with a buck of that caliber!! I hate losing any of God's animal but I cannot imagine losing something like that. You know your capabilities though and your equipment so I know He is out there somewhere....Best of luck for ya bud!!
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    Creek
    Sorry to hear that Creek Hope you at least get his horns, Ive never shot a 170 plus class buck but I have shot a couple of nice ones for nC that I hit but couldnt find and I know it sucks to say the least. GT I know what you mean about the muzzloader first you could have a missfire then you only got one shot and then you only can shoot a limited distance and I could only imagine that would suck in a place like Kansas, sitting atching as a big walks by out of range really gets to me lol. Good luck.
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    Dang Bud!
    I sure do hate that for you. I have never taken anything larger than a basket rack 6pt so I would have probably puked not being able to find it. Good luck with the rest of the season!!
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    Thanks guys
    Thanks to all of you. I have to say it is extremely frustrating when you practice so much and something like this happens. I guess I could understand if I saw some sign of a bad shot but this was not the case here. Again this was NOTHING but good blood to fall off to no blood. I just felt like I was walking all-around of him somewhere in that 25 acre of tree row. This is hunting not killing. I had the best time enjoying that part of the country. HE WILL SHOW UP! Ready for some ANSON COUNTY HUNTS now……..
    CREEK
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    darn
    Sorry to hear that you didn't recover that buck (yet) but sounds like you had a good time. Most folks around here will never see a 160/170 class deer - pretty amazing just to think of a buck that size. I love muzzleloader season - here in the 'Central' that is THE time to be in the woods.
    Hope you get that phone call.
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    Kansas
    I know what you mean creak....Gotta be tuff but keep your head up and thank positive. They are tough creatures and they will surprise us from time to time. He will show up hopefully either way. Oh and there is no place like home and Anson County has some great opportunities...You have shown us that...
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    buck
    Dang Creek,that must suck,ive never shot one that big but it has to suck.Good luck and i hope they find him.
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