- By Brandon Wikman
This week I find myself in the rolling hills of the west in pursuit of tall-tined whitetail. I’ve been on the road hustling for the past twelve hours en route to north central Kansas to a legendary place called Blue River Whitetails. This is where I will meet my long time friend and hunting partner, David Schotte, owner of Blue River Whitetails. Schotte runs a mind-blowing turkey operation, but has proven to turn heads when it comes to putting his clients on giant bucks. I hope to be one of those lucky guys this week.
Late September in the hunting world is always an interesting time of year to hunt. The majority of the hunting population only registers archery hunts in their mind during this time of year - not here!
You are allowed to hunt with a muzzleloader in Kansas from September 20th to October 3rd. It paves the way for an incredible opportunity to dust a plume of smoke towards a hefty-racked whitetail. As we speak, to date, the soybeans are brown and dried up. Deer are smashing cornfields and any green fields that are still around. This week, Schotte will set us up in a blind tucked away in a cornfield that overlooks a long green field. This will be our best bet to steal a glimpse of a deer.
There are many pros and cons to hunting this time of year. As I said, soybeans are dried up, corn still stands as far as the eye can see, and temperatures tiptoe in the high 80’s. The chance of honing in on a buck using his early season pattern outweighs the vast majority of bugs that bite this time of year. I’m ecstatic to get into the woods and hunt whitetail in Kansas for the very first time.
I’ve hunted Eastern and Rio turkey with Schotte for over five years. We’ve made a handful of action-packed televised segments for the Outdoor Channel at his place located in Hanover, Kansas. Turkeys are abundant on his farms, but it didn’t take me long to realize the deer hunting was just as good. I will keep you posted as we hunt our way through the week. Fingers are crossed and hopes are high!