Kansas Trophy Hunt
by Justin Lee
Instead of flying, two of my friends from Georgia, Rodney Evans, and Jason Walls, were going there too, so we decided to take a 13-hour road trip together. We arrived at 2:00 AM on the morning of the hunt. We got all of our gear ready, and then tried to get a little sleep. With the anticipation for the morning’s hunt, I just tossed and turned until guide, Hunter McPherson, came in the room telling me it was time to get up.
The first morning was a little warm, and slow; only a few deer passed by my stand. Hunter and I went back to camp to regroup. Rusty mentioned another spot we should try, but we would have to hang another stand to hunt it. Hunter and I grabbed a bite to eat, and ran to the woods in the middle of the day to throw up two stands in preparation for the evening hunt.
The next morning, we got in the stand about 45 minutes before light. Hunter got the camera arm set up, as I situated my gear and myself. Slowly daylight breaks. The wind was perfect. I looked to my right, and two small bucks—an 8-point and 6-point—were walking down the draw. The 8-point made a scrape, looked back, and quickly moved on. Holding my breath, I Iooked in the direction the buck looked, and I saw a big bodied, mature 10-point headed straight for the stand. The buck was walking the same trail the two before him took.
We climbed down out of the tree, and picked up the blood trail. Shortly, Rusty throws his arm across my chest as if something has spooked, and says, “Look Out!” In front of me lays my Kansas monarch, and the excitement begins.
I cannot thank Rusty and Stateline Trophy Hunters enough for letting me hunt with them in Kansas. I also want to give a big thanks to Hunter for putting up with me in a tree for a week. I’ve been blessed to be able to go on trips all over the world, but nothing is ever better than sharing it with a group of friends, and that’s what you get with Stateline Trophy Hunters. For me, it was definitely a hunt of a lifetime with a great group of guys. I will be going back as long as they let me, and I recommend you check them out for your hunt of a lifetime.