Grade Breakdown by Resident and Nonresident
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For the past three years I have not seen a buck bigger than a small 6 pointer. The number of total buck sightings is WAY down for the past five years. Doe sightings have plummeted also.
Deer numbers seemed to rebound a bit in SEK, but I'm hearing rumors of pressure from lobbyists to knock the population down in Montgomery and Chautauqua Counties, which is disappointing.
Out of every state I hunt it produce the best quality hunting experience year after year.
Charles A Davis (nonresident)
Fortunate to hunt private land in Barber Co. Been hunting here 4 yrs. Our deer are slightly better overall.
Matthew Carroll (resident)
Low numbers of deer, High number of tags
Deer quantity and quality has been declining for the past 10 years.
In order to manage the deer herd, the state would need to know the population and distribution of the deer herd. They try hard, but the initiatives are reactive and too late most of the time.
Not many deer in areas that should hold more. Carrying capacity well below what it should be.
This is the worst year I've had deer hunting in over 20 years. Overall buck and doe numbers are way down and mature bucks rare. Saw 1 mature buck in areas usually with many
Dean Swift (resident)
I have seen many good mature bucks and the antlerless population is awesome
Number of deer have declined significantly over the last 5 years
Was fortunate to take a 161" 11pt on Nov 8th am. Hunt two private tracts and 2 Wiha. Been hunting Kansas since 2010 and #'s have declined.
Saw a lot of does, quite a few young bucks and had 4 mature bucks on camera all summer and saw one mature buck while hunting.
Aaron Short (resident)
Way too many tags issued. I seen 2 mature bucks this year. Prior to 1995 I would average 15 per season.
Need to limit NR tags. It was a mistake adding tourism to wildlife and parks. All about the$$$.
State needs to crack down on the poaching, period. Do away with the Jan. antlerless season. So far, IMHO, allowing crossbows during archery season has not adversely affected buck quality or numbers .
Hunted for a week and saw multiple deer every sit
Daniel Dickens (resident)
The quality of our states bucks are way down because of to many out of state hunters shooting young deer we rarely see them 6 and 7 year old bucks any more they are all getting killed at 2 and 3 years
Dan Younger (resident)
I'm in a management hunt program on private property and this year was the best in several years
Mike Glotzbach (resident)
Deer numbers continue to decline, no actions to improve management by state, poachers and disease a problem.
Norris Poole (resident)
30 sits only saw 2 mature bucks on private primo land in Kansas. Crossguns during archery hurt the trophy buck population.
Have a few quality bucks, but total deer numbers are very low. One property I hunt is 600 acres along the Arkansas river. My son and I sat 18 times and saw a total of 8 deer, 10 sets we saw no deer.
To many tags available to out of state hunters
Charlie Rehor (nonresident)
Private land is key
Habitat for Wildlife (resident)
We may allow too many tags; however, we keep firearms out of the rut and only allow 1 buck. Access to quality hunting areas for the average guy is probably my biggest concern.
Austin Lawless (resident)
Several 2-3 year old deer with potential. Numbers are better than past years. Still believe the doe season in January needs to go away!
Unit 19, finally seeing decent numbers of deer again, but bucks all in the 2 year old class, poaching,ehd, corn piles, ???
Lots of younger bucks mixed in with a few shooters! Overall herd number are down!
Richard schmidtberger (resident)
Northeast Kansas alot less seen compared to past years
Dale Beisner (resident)
few deer this year and fewer large mature bucks
Non resident that grew up in KS and hunts private ground. Poor mngmt by KDWPT on quantity of tags and not enough funds to hire game wardens necessary to patrol each region. Can't keep down this path
Rick Archer (nonresident)
Been hunting KS. 10 yrs. now and watched the deer slowly decline in numbers and quality to many hunters.
I had plenty of opportunities on 3 yr old bucks this year but I did not see any booners. I hunted public, private, and my own land and ended up shooting a 148" 9 point.
This was the worse season for seeing deer and having the opportunity to harvest and animal. The deer quality has been on a constant decline in the last 8 years.
Grades based on the fact that I would have had A's across the board 10 years ago.
Disgusting stance the KDWPT has taken in its "hunt for profit" approach to wildlife management. "Management" HA! SAD. Just follow the money and special interests!
Luck to have private ground to hunt on. Had problems with poatching. Also too liberal with doe tags, deer numbers in our area of SE KS are down drastically!
Kansas is a Joke, last 3 years it has been really bad, with zero optimism in sight. With the “management” program that is currently in place the state is doomed. Spend your money elsewhere.
John Ruchar (nonresident)
Very hard to find ground to hunt, landowners lease to big hunting groups. Too much poaching.
Saw greats bucks on camera but did not see while hunting. While I was hunting saw a lot of up and coming bucks. I ended up shooting a 9 pointer that scored 139
I don't see a management plan. "Meet demand" tag numbers and any-season tags are taking it's tole. KS might be better than some states, but it's not close to what it was and what it should be.
Chris G (resident)
Saw lots of high quality deer on camera and on hoof this year.
My properties are doing well in all aspects.
Danny Bullock (resident)
Hunted (still) the biggest of my career Not many quality deer. Lots of does
management laws to liberal
Saw lots of young bucks and several mature bucks this year. Several 130-150 class on camera for months. I harvested a 170 class buck by 4:45 opening day rifle season.
gregg rickabaugh (resident)
lots of tv shows make people think we have a 150 deer behind every deer. every out of stater gets a tag. every in stater gets a tag . deer hunting was nothing like it was 5 years ago.
charles pillivant (nonresident)
Been a Non Res hunter for years and generally see a good number of 160+ bucks on film and in the field every year during my week.
Trent Carman (nonresident)
Bad year for big bucks. Hunted for 13 days and never saw a really good deer. Saw plenty on the trail cameras up thru September but then everything went capput.
Low deer density co.bined with lower than normal age class of bucks. State does a great job with the resources at their disposal. 99% of Kansas is private property so we the people manage the deer.
Kansas has seen my last non resident dollar,great people though
Large tracts of private land with expensive pay to hunt techniques give an overreaction to the facts.
Todd Morenz (resident)
Numbers (doe & buck) are significantly down due to extended anterless season. Not sure if anyone does not "draw" a NR tag.
Year after year it is always awesome whitetail bow hunting. Hunting on private ground and a lot of it.
Mike Prescott (nonresident)
Great genetics, great one buck limit......any weapon is probably a mistake along with liberal youth and early muzzleloader seasons and too many tags issued:(
Few more deer than last year, but quality seemed down a little, or maybe it was just my timing in the fiels.
Storm Cloud (nonresident)
My opinion only..To many doe tags period..For residents ,,I also agree nonresidents don't need a doe tag…with their buck tag..Baiting should be thrown out completely..There is plenty of crop land..
Dan Pewderschmidt (nonresident)
Fortunate to own some excellent property in the Southeast part of the state. However, I never thought the hunting pressure and trespassing would get to where it is now. Mindblowing.
101 airborne (resident)
To many tags and to many NR.
I know Kansas has more to offer then what I saw. Didn’t see a lot of deer and didn’t see many big bucks. Still trying to figure out why they give a doe tag with all license to NR.
Kansas has a growing poaching problem. A great place to hunt and the public land is incredible
Craig M Hopkins (nonresident)
Great Buck to doe ratio and large percentage of 3.5 + year old bucks. Should allow baiting on public land to give those that don't have $ the same opportunities
Richard Hale (resident)
Too many tags sold, resident and non resident. All seasons too long.
State biologists often have their hands tied by politicians. The bios know what to do, but can't. Numbers are down from the late '90's, don't think we will ever see those kind of numbers again.
Dan Blair (resident)
Don’t really know what the KDWP is doing, therefore I cannot comment.
Too commercialized too bad bad the state allows this to happen
Kansas trophy quality is down somewhat over the years. Their season structure is good but they give out too many non resident tags. They have also killed way too many does.
jeffery Bolton (nonresident)
Great genetics great management program/DNR very hunter friendly my home state of Michigan which is a anti-hunting state will never be anything like KS
Bo Fowler (nonresident)
Hunted hard on public and private leased land. Saw very few deer in the north central part of state. They keep increasing doe tags which seems ridiculous imo
Russell Hardwick (nonresident)
Low deer numbers per square Mile and with EHD hitting about 6 years ago, deer haven't recovered. The age structure isn't there for a non-resident to hunt for a week and have a decent shoot at a booner
Dwindling herd, increasing hunter numbers, less public ground and less private access with more bowhunters than ever and more gun hunters converting to X-gun
Saw many does and young bucks but very few mature bucks. For the state's management, the lack of game wardens per county and giving out too many tags has been a hit to bucks reaching maturity.
Moved here in 2011. Every year I have seen a decline in mature bucks and overall deer numbers. The last 2 years have been quite pitiful.
Opportunities at a mature deer are very limited. Doe numbers are down. Too many tags and any weapon tags allow an uncontrollable harvest.
Very few mature deer seen. Too many hunters.
There isn’t a management program.
James Fowles (nonresident)
Seems to be a yearly decline in quality and quantity. Some tag reductions seem in order.
Joe Persinger (resident)
Unlimited tags, no check in, unlimited weapon choices, unscrupulous hunters, limited access to quality private lands, high dollar leasing.
Let them grow (resident)
Deer numbers in my area are in the tank. Only saw 2 mature bucks all season. Too much pressure, too many does being harvested, too many 2.5 and 3.5 year olds taking rides in the back of trucks.
We don’t reall manage the Herd. We prostitute it out. It’s a shame seeing what deer we used to have slowly fade to th almighty dollar.
Deer herd is only good in private chunks of land
Plenty of deer, largebucks and Doe deer. Good hunting
Plenty of deer, largebucks and Doe deer. Good hunting
Quinn @work (nonresident)
Too many tags are given out. Too many rifle mule deer tags wipes out the mature mules in western kansas too. Didn't see a lot of mature deer due to crops still standing in late November.
The Kid (resident)
I hunted mainly in SC Kansas and I saw a few deer that would be considered mature. The quality has been down in my region for the last two years.
Bruce Scheible (nonresident)
I have hunted Kansas for the last five years and have had an opportunity at a 150" class buck every year. I always see a good number of deer.
I have hunted a lot since mid September and cannot say I have seen one buck that would be a for certain candidate for my either sex tag. II have seen a lot of does and small bucks
saw a lot of great bucks. we hunted our friends 320 acres and we are the only ones allowed to hunt it so this is prob not representative of the state as a whole
LTG 11 (resident)
Pat Lefemine (nonresident)
As a nonresident that hunts many states, Kansas is doing something right. I am amazed at the quality bucks there and the opportunities for a fantastic hunt. Best state I have ever hunted.