Headed to Kansas to hunt the whitetail rut? Don’t forget a good grunt call. Or doe bleat. Or rattling system. After bowhunting this whitetail mecca for the past 10 years or so I’ve found Kansas bucks to be some of the most call-friendly beasts on the planet, and I’m not talking just the little guys.
Aggressive calling techniques during the month of November—using all three calls mentioned above—have consistently helped me lure-in top-end-class bucks, thick-necked brutes scoring from 140- to 180 inches, and I’ve been fortunate enough to arrow a few of them. Bring the right aggressive mindset, and you can taste Sunflower State success as well.
In November 2014, some extreme conditions, a last-minute stand move, and some untimely absentmindedness very nearly cost me a chance at another Kansas brute of a buck. After spending the bone-chilling 4-degree morning in a ladder stand overlooking an expansive cut soybean field, haunted only briefly by a single, mature doe some 300 yards distant, I knew it was time for a new plan. By 9:45 a.m. I was enjoying the warmth generated by the half-mile hike back to my truck, and by 11 I’d hung my handy portable in a secluded, wooded draw that held great promise.
I’d hurried to hang the stand, figuring the morning’s brutal conditions would set up perfectly for a time-honored “10 to 2” rut movement pattern. But shortly after I climbed aboard my stand and settled in, I experienced a panic attack: Where was my grunt call? In the confusion of unpacking my morning gear, and repacking to hang the portable stand, had I left my new call back at the truck?
And then it hit me. I recalled that I’d removed the dangling call from my neck and stashed it in a side pant pocket, in the interest of increased safety while hanging the portable stand. The call had been out of sight, and apparently, out of mind. Whew. In seconds, I’d liberated the sleek, ultra-realistic-sounding call from its zippered hideaway and once again had it hanging reassuringly from my neck—tucked neatly behind my binos as per usual—for quick and easy access. Panic attack averted. With all my gear now ready for action, things just seemed to fall in place. At 12:30 p.m. I had a wide little six-point stroll up the brushy draw—and then right under my stand—helping me feel good about my decision to relocate. Click Here…