Kansas hunters have taken hundreds of B&C; deer, but regular production of whitetails in the 130 to 160 class, particularly in the southern part of the state, makes it a standout destination. Try the Flint Hills in the central region with its tall-grass prairies and cottonwood-lined streams, the eastern corner where oak forests are interspersed with farms, and the southwest’s huge agricultural spreads.

“Kansas has many of the ingredients to produce large deer,” says Lloyd Fox, big-game program coordinator. “The state is blessed with vast areas of fertile soils. The mixture of crops such as corn, alfalfa, and soybeans, in close proximity to riparian woodlands and Conservation Reserve Program areas, provides high nutrition and escape cover.”

Recent trophies, all taken in 2001, include a 2257/8 nontypical from Linn County, a 216 nontypical from Kiowa County, and a 1736/8 typical from Comanche County.

It’s difficult to obtain tags for some regions, but transferable tags are distributed to landowners, so booking through an outfitter or rancher can guarantee you a chance to hunt even if you don’t get selected in the draw. Some public lands are available near reservoirs and on walk-in hunting areas where the state leases foot access to private land.

Nonresident license: $276