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November 12, 2008

Two Big Kansas Bucks

By Scott Bestul

Those of you who’ve read the November issue may remember Connecticut hunter Keith Manca. He was featured in our big buck profiles in the main rut package. Keith bow-killed a monster Kansas buck last fall that was the highest-scoring typical recognized by B&C for the 2007 season. I had the pleasure of talking to Keith about that great buck, and he was one of the most sincere, appreciative and humble guys I’ve interviewed.

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Well Keith and his brother returned to Kansas this fall, and this time both brothers scored on great bucks! Keith sent me these photos this morning as a courtesy, and promised details later, after he’d caught up on work and home obligations. Obviously, these brothers have those Kansas monsters figured out pretty well! Great job, guys! 

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from greg wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Adam,I need to admit to you that I really don't do that messing with other people stands and things. I am a very ethical person and just get angry when I put up my stands in sept. and some person comes along and places his 20 yds from mine expecting me to leave. I am quite the opposite of what you think of me and have sponsered and guided youth hunters the past 3 years. I just put that stuff in here to get responses from people like you who take it upon yourself to go after everyone you read that you believe you should attack. I hope to meet you and let you get to know me.

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from greg wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Adam,I hope you come to our area!

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from adam wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Hey Greg, I understand you are frustrated with unethical out of state hunters. But for you to mess with every out of state hunter that hunts in the same area as you. Even if they are law abiding ethical hunters, you are the one that makes all of us law abiding ethical hunters look bad and very ignorant. Grow up Greg! I think your hunting privileges should be taken away from you. It's people like you that give all of us that enjoy the privilege of hunting a bad reputation. By the way Greg, unethical is one word! And I am looking foward to my first deer hunting trip to Kansas next year.

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from greg wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

I wish Kansas would not allow non resident hunters and up the price for resident hunters to defer their costs and keep all the un ethical hunters out of our state. I screw with every out of state hunter I can that hunt the areas I hunt, lets just say a well known solution an theirs stands or stand seat that transfers over to their clothing keeps the deer from coming by their stands! Try it it works!

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from adam wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Congrats on the great bucks! Those things look like they would weigh over 200 easy!

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from Jeremy Whitlock wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Glad to see regular folk get good deer. I am just tired of out of state and city hunters. I live in NE Missouri, damn near Iowa(7 miles) and we are flooded with people. Our firearms season opens in the morning and my small town is a madhouse. Be glad when rifle season is over so I can get back in my bowstand!

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from Mike wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

I recently returned from my first public land hunt in SE Kansas on a WIHA. 10 of us from Louisiana went and had a great time. The other hunters we met were very nice and courteous and the guys from the Kansas Dept of Parks and Wildlife were great and very helpful. We put in our time studying topo maps and aerial photos prior to our trip, made a September scouting trip, and hunted well away from roads. The weather was terrible the first part of our trip with temps near 75, but turned mid-week and it was on! All 10 of us saw legitimate shooters (3.5 yrs or older), 8 of us got shots (2 passed, 1 missed) and we killed 5 mature bucks. Not bad for public land bowhunting! This hunt cost us our $400 tags (lottery draw, put in for them in May), gas, split hotel rooms, and food. Certainly this hunt is within your reach with a little planning. We will all be returning to Kansas the next time we draw tags and will be putting in every year. I say, "Way to go Manca brothers!" I'd love to share hunting stories around a campfire with you guys anytime.And thanks to Scott Bestul for bringing their story to us.

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from greg wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

Maybe if you ask the Manca brothers will turn you on to the farmer they hunt on and you could do likewise!The bucks they killed are great and they are to be commended for putting in the time on them, they aren't that easy to score on, you'll see if you come to kansas. Too many out of state hunters that have no idea of etiquitte. I had one guy from wisconsin who was on the cover of Rack Magazine come and put his stand in next to mine when mine had been there since sept. He then got mad at me when he saw I was only 20yds away and passed it around that I had moved in on him, what a jerk. I was in my stand this past week and was a good mile from any roadway with sings where I parked my truck to not drive past, when all the sudden a truck of guys from Arkansas drove onto a wheat field close to where I was hunting and unloaded their stands and then drove back to the parking stall where I was parked and walked back in and put up their stands. This is the kind of people you get when you open your state up to other state hunters. I don't hunt other states because Kansas has great hunting and I love my state but there will be a day when it's all over with and it's not far away.

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from Scott Bestul wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

Some thoughts:Chad: I have hunted western KS for years and there are NO deer on WIHA's. Really. Only rattlesnakes, sinkholes, and even some...ummm...terrorists! That's it! Terrorists! With black rifles and other scary stuff!!Kevin: I receive dozens of emails every season of hunters and their deer. Most are from the Midwest. I don't know why this is, but I would gladly post photos of deer from other regions. So, everyone, please send them when you get them!

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from Chad Love wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

Hi Keith, congrats on the success.I was wondering if you had ever hunted any of the Kansas WIHA lands?I live in NW OK just south of the border and since I'm a public land hunter I thought I might put in for a tag next year and if drawn try a Kansas public land deer hunt.

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from Mike wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

Kevin - Go to Bass Pro and to the Site Map. Under Outdoor Library is a Find a Partner link. But, they just updated their website and it has not been put back on line, yet. For now, do a web search for your state and hunting forum. Join the websites and get to know the people. Good luck.

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from Kevin wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

Keith, From what I can tell you guys did an amazing job. Goes to show what some regualr guys can do when you put your mind to it. My comment earlier was just a gripe that everywhere you look on the web, it's full of midwestern trophy bucks. It starts to get a little old after awhile.On a side note. Does anyone out there know where you can look to find and hunting partners for your area? The past couple of years I've lost all of mine for one reason or another.

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from Keith Manca wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

Hey everyone, as far being rich guys hunting on a deer farm, both of these deer, my brother and I are far from it. We are both in construction earning a living back east working with our hands. We have been fortunate to build a relationship with a local rancher after 9 long years of hunting whitetails on free range in Kansas. We grew up hunting as many others have and have taken our share of does and spike bucks. So for the few who said Obama should spread the wealth I agree because I'll enjoy as much as you!!!

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from Kevin wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

OK OK already. We all know that KS, IL, WI, Etc. can grow some monsterous bucks. I only sit here and look at this stuff because I'm layed off, stuck at home with a 4 year old, and bored out of my skull. How about showing some pics from some non-midwestern state that was maybe taken on public land. I don't care if they don't score all that well on the B&C scale, but one that was taken with hard work, time and determination. Actually, I would be just as happy to see the pics of the 12 year old with a 4 point or even a doe. That's real hunting.

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from lee mcgregor wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

I would hope people who think the president will help poor people hunt,know thatis a dream kinda like shooting a big buck like these guys did.Congrats to you on a couple of big bucks,still huntin hard in Wisconsin!

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from Scott Bestul wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

As a point of clarification; the Manca brothers do not hunt with an outfitter. They have permission to hunt a farm in KS and have built a fine relationship with the landowner and his family. They do all their own scouting, stand placement, and hunting...Just like a lot of us do.

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from greg wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

I live in Kansas and have been fortunate to take several deer like these but now that fish and game of Kansas is looking only at the money instead of taking care of the people who live here and pay taxes which also pay their wages, they are letting torents of out of state people flood into kansas and hunt on the areas that can't sustain this much hunting pressure. This is ruining it for the guys who just like to hunt on weekends for fun and maybe get lucky and score once in a while. If you place your hopes on Obama to allow hunting in general then you haven't been listening. Once again soon hunting will be a rich man's sport, and we the tax payers can continue to pay for them to have something to do!

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from Tom Sorenson wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

Awesome job, guys! I've got a buddy who might be headed to Kansas next year - he's invited me along to film the hunt...this has got me droolin'!

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from Ray Cummings wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

It`s nice that these guys can pay to hunt on a "deer farm". What about articles on the average guys who actually "hunt" for their deer .

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from Jim wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

I don't have the money to go out of state and pay the outrageous fees that outfitters charge.Next year, when Obama takes money from these guys and gives it to me maybe I too will be able to pay an outfitter. Until then, I'll have to continue delivering pizza's for a living because I chose not to go to college or trade school to get a job that pays well. thank god Obama is going to spread the wealth around!!

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from greg wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Adam,I need to admit to you that I really don't do that messing with other people stands and things. I am a very ethical person and just get angry when I put up my stands in sept. and some person comes along and places his 20 yds from mine expecting me to leave. I am quite the opposite of what you think of me and have sponsered and guided youth hunters the past 3 years. I just put that stuff in here to get responses from people like you who take it upon yourself to go after everyone you read that you believe you should attack. I hope to meet you and let you get to know me.

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from greg wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Adam,I hope you come to our area!

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from adam wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Hey Greg, I understand you are frustrated with unethical out of state hunters. But for you to mess with every out of state hunter that hunts in the same area as you. Even if they are law abiding ethical hunters, you are the one that makes all of us law abiding ethical hunters look bad and very ignorant. Grow up Greg! I think your hunting privileges should be taken away from you. It's people like you that give all of us that enjoy the privilege of hunting a bad reputation. By the way Greg, unethical is one word! And I am looking foward to my first deer hunting trip to Kansas next year.

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from greg wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

I wish Kansas would not allow non resident hunters and up the price for resident hunters to defer their costs and keep all the un ethical hunters out of our state. I screw with every out of state hunter I can that hunt the areas I hunt, lets just say a well known solution an theirs stands or stand seat that transfers over to their clothing keeps the deer from coming by their stands! Try it it works!

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from adam wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Congrats on the great bucks! Those things look like they would weigh over 200 easy!

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from Jeremy Whitlock wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Glad to see regular folk get good deer. I am just tired of out of state and city hunters. I live in NE Missouri, damn near Iowa(7 miles) and we are flooded with people. Our firearms season opens in the morning and my small town is a madhouse. Be glad when rifle season is over so I can get back in my bowstand!

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from Mike wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

I recently returned from my first public land hunt in SE Kansas on a WIHA. 10 of us from Louisiana went and had a great time. The other hunters we met were very nice and courteous and the guys from the Kansas Dept of Parks and Wildlife were great and very helpful. We put in our time studying topo maps and aerial photos prior to our trip, made a September scouting trip, and hunted well away from roads. The weather was terrible the first part of our trip with temps near 75, but turned mid-week and it was on! All 10 of us saw legitimate shooters (3.5 yrs or older), 8 of us got shots (2 passed, 1 missed) and we killed 5 mature bucks. Not bad for public land bowhunting! This hunt cost us our $400 tags (lottery draw, put in for them in May), gas, split hotel rooms, and food. Certainly this hunt is within your reach with a little planning. We will all be returning to Kansas the next time we draw tags and will be putting in every year. I say, "Way to go Manca brothers!" I'd love to share hunting stories around a campfire with you guys anytime.And thanks to Scott Bestul for bringing their story to us.

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from greg wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

Maybe if you ask the Manca brothers will turn you on to the farmer they hunt on and you could do likewise!The bucks they killed are great and they are to be commended for putting in the time on them, they aren't that easy to score on, you'll see if you come to kansas. Too many out of state hunters that have no idea of etiquitte. I had one guy from wisconsin who was on the cover of Rack Magazine come and put his stand in next to mine when mine had been there since sept. He then got mad at me when he saw I was only 20yds away and passed it around that I had moved in on him, what a jerk. I was in my stand this past week and was a good mile from any roadway with sings where I parked my truck to not drive past, when all the sudden a truck of guys from Arkansas drove onto a wheat field close to where I was hunting and unloaded their stands and then drove back to the parking stall where I was parked and walked back in and put up their stands. This is the kind of people you get when you open your state up to other state hunters. I don't hunt other states because Kansas has great hunting and I love my state but there will be a day when it's all over with and it's not far away.

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from Scott Bestul wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

Some thoughts:Chad: I have hunted western KS for years and there are NO deer on WIHA's. Really. Only rattlesnakes, sinkholes, and even some...ummm...terrorists! That's it! Terrorists! With black rifles and other scary stuff!!Kevin: I receive dozens of emails every season of hunters and their deer. Most are from the Midwest. I don't know why this is, but I would gladly post photos of deer from other regions. So, everyone, please send them when you get them!

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from Chad Love wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

Hi Keith, congrats on the success.I was wondering if you had ever hunted any of the Kansas WIHA lands?I live in NW OK just south of the border and since I'm a public land hunter I thought I might put in for a tag next year and if drawn try a Kansas public land deer hunt.

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from Mike wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

Kevin - Go to Bass Pro and to the Site Map. Under Outdoor Library is a Find a Partner link. But, they just updated their website and it has not been put back on line, yet. For now, do a web search for your state and hunting forum. Join the websites and get to know the people. Good luck.

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from Kevin wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

Keith, From what I can tell you guys did an amazing job. Goes to show what some regualr guys can do when you put your mind to it. My comment earlier was just a gripe that everywhere you look on the web, it's full of midwestern trophy bucks. It starts to get a little old after awhile.On a side note. Does anyone out there know where you can look to find and hunting partners for your area? The past couple of years I've lost all of mine for one reason or another.

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from Keith Manca wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

Hey everyone, as far being rich guys hunting on a deer farm, both of these deer, my brother and I are far from it. We are both in construction earning a living back east working with our hands. We have been fortunate to build a relationship with a local rancher after 9 long years of hunting whitetails on free range in Kansas. We grew up hunting as many others have and have taken our share of does and spike bucks. So for the few who said Obama should spread the wealth I agree because I'll enjoy as much as you!!!

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from Kevin wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

OK OK already. We all know that KS, IL, WI, Etc. can grow some monsterous bucks. I only sit here and look at this stuff because I'm layed off, stuck at home with a 4 year old, and bored out of my skull. How about showing some pics from some non-midwestern state that was maybe taken on public land. I don't care if they don't score all that well on the B&C scale, but one that was taken with hard work, time and determination. Actually, I would be just as happy to see the pics of the 12 year old with a 4 point or even a doe. That's real hunting.

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from lee mcgregor wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

I would hope people who think the president will help poor people hunt,know thatis a dream kinda like shooting a big buck like these guys did.Congrats to you on a couple of big bucks,still huntin hard in Wisconsin!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Scott Bestul wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

As a point of clarification; the Manca brothers do not hunt with an outfitter. They have permission to hunt a farm in KS and have built a fine relationship with the landowner and his family. They do all their own scouting, stand placement, and hunting...Just like a lot of us do.

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from greg wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

I live in Kansas and have been fortunate to take several deer like these but now that fish and game of Kansas is looking only at the money instead of taking care of the people who live here and pay taxes which also pay their wages, they are letting torents of out of state people flood into kansas and hunt on the areas that can't sustain this much hunting pressure. This is ruining it for the guys who just like to hunt on weekends for fun and maybe get lucky and score once in a while. If you place your hopes on Obama to allow hunting in general then you haven't been listening. Once again soon hunting will be a rich man's sport, and we the tax payers can continue to pay for them to have something to do!

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from Tom Sorenson wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

Awesome job, guys! I've got a buddy who might be headed to Kansas next year - he's invited me along to film the hunt...this has got me droolin'!

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from Ray Cummings wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

It`s nice that these guys can pay to hunt on a "deer farm". What about articles on the average guys who actually "hunt" for their deer .

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from Jim wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

I don't have the money to go out of state and pay the outrageous fees that outfitters charge.Next year, when Obama takes money from these guys and gives it to me maybe I too will be able to pay an outfitter. Until then, I'll have to continue delivering pizza's for a living because I chose not to go to college or trade school to get a job that pays well. thank god Obama is going to spread the wealth around!!

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