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The 6 of us showed up with great expectations to a nice B&B where we hunted from. Curt's system was to have many stands and deer feeders in previously successful areas on different farms within 20 minutes or less of the house. The areas looked reasonable on iPhone mapping apps. He would drive us each to stand areas so we would know where to be in the mornings and afternoons and sometimes drove hunters to their areas and picked them up. When we were out he filled feeders and used binoculars to watch areas for activity to improve our odds. We had unusually warm weather that 7 days Nov. 2-8 and maybe it was the primary reason that nobody had a shot opportunity on a 130 or bigger buck, and only a few even saw a buck under 125. I could have shot (at) a 125. My disappointment is not that I did not shoot a buck, and not entirely that the outfitter couldn't seem to put anyone on a shooter, but that only a few larger bucks were seen at any range - I saw a nice one briefly at 200 yards at dusk. This was supposed to be the pre-rut week but it was a flop. I did stop by the camp a month earlier at the end of the muzzleloader season and 6 of 7 hunters killed bucks, some real nice and the last guy wounded and lost his. I think these are honest guys, but there needed to be more intense outfitter scouting prior to putting us on stand. Curt could not find the deer even as he moved us around and used many different kinds of habitat areas. Maybe they just weren't there.
Was the outfitter notified of problems? - NO
None to date. If you are the outfitter please email us.
Mostly mornings in 40's, 50-60's afternoons. A couple on mornings briefly were in the 30's. It was windy, but mostly less than expected for Kansas.