Glass for miles across the bluestem prairies as you search for a buck in this western habitat, but don’t forget to scour the oak thickets, cedars, and pockets of brush in the coulees and draws. That’s where the big whitetails like to hang out as they feast on the outstanding forage produced by the limestone-rich soil in Osage County.

All the open spaces here mean that glassing and stalking is the most productive tactic during the mid-November rifle season. When I recently hunted the 33,000-acre main base-camp ranch, I saw 30 bucks in two days and took a heavy 9-pointer. Rattling and watching from blinds works well during the early muzzleloader season. Five-day hunts cost $2,500¿¿¿$3,000.

Contact Ron Thompson, 918-642-5509;