By: Brennen Nading (@nadingbr)
In 2019, Mike and I spent a lot of time in western Kansas trying to figure out the big bucks that undoubtedly wandered the landscape. With the western KS farms being 6 hours away from my place in Iowa, and 11 hours away from Mike in Wisconsin, it was no easy task to spend the time there that it deserved.
Whether it was poor timing on our part, or just sheer bad luck, we both ended up with the bitter taste of KS tag soup in our mouths at the end of the 2019 season. We knew it was time to make a change. We knew that we needed to find something that made more sense for travel throughout the year, with an equal opportunity at wrapping a tag around a mature buck.
After doing some homework, we found a property that made much more sense for us. One that I can be to within a few hours and one that makes Mikes’ drive from Wisconsin much more tolerable. This past week we were able to make a trip down to look the property over and to meet with the land owner. It didn’t take long for us to make a decision.
The new property has everything you could hope for when it comes to hunting whitetails. The food, cover, water, access…it was all there. Big agricultural fields surround the property on 2 sides, with a couple of interior food plots that are maintained and ready to go for planting this year. There are also an abundance of oaks on the property that are ready to litter the ground with acorns again this fall.
Cover is plentiful. Cedar thickets are scattered throughout the property with plenty of deer sign to go with it. The amount of rubs and scrapes across the farm told us that mature bucks were present between September and December, and we are hopeful that history will repeat itself again this year.
The farm has a good sized river that runs through it. This is not the only source of water, however. There are also 2 ponds that are nestled into the property. The ponds have a heavy draw power as they are both located between bed and food. The deer tracks surrounding the ponds just go to show how much they are being used.
The access on the piece is a selling point in itself. The property has a minimally traveled road system on 2 sides of it. There is also an established trail system throughout the property which makes it extremely easy to get around the farm undetected with just about any wind direction.
To top it all off, there is a vacant house right on the property that we are going to be able to utilize while we are there. This saves us the hassle of paying for hotels and driving to and from the property during hunting season. We can literally walk out the door and hunt, that is a huge advantage.
Next step? The plan is to return to the property in early April to hang tree stands and begin with the food plot work. After our initial property walk, we have figured out at least 6 different spots that are worthy of tree stands. We also have a couple spots in mind that will be ideal set ups for ground blinds but we will likely wait until early fall before we set up the ground blinds.
We are excited about the new venture in Kansas this year, check out this video for a closer look at our initial visit to the property.