Rut Reporter David Draper grew up hunting deer and small game throughout this region and presently lives on a family farm in Nebraska. Draper, former communications specialist for Cabela’s and an authority on the Great Plains, subsists on a diet of duck breast and venison. States covered: ND, SD, NE and KS.
Nov. 2: Denton Rich of Mule Creek Outfitters (620-770-1257) checked in this week with a report from Greensburg, Kansas: “The weather has been fairly warm in southwestern Kansas with no precipitation. It’s pretty dry in this region at this point. We are under a frost advisory for tonight and it will be the first frost of the year. Leaves are falling from the trees heavily now.
“The deer have started to switch to fall feeding patterns, are using the wheat fields and corn fields. All the corn is picked and the irrigated wheat is in and up enough for the deer to graze.
“Deer movement is picking up and we’re starting to see a lot more bucks on camera, like this big 10-point at one of our feeders. (Editor’s note: Supplemental feeding is legal in Kansas.) There is a little sparring going on. We’re seeing a few broken points, but still lots of bucks hanging together.
“This last week in October I traditionally see the biggest bucks of the year on camera as they are moving to a new pattern and sometimes I won’t see them again until I find their sheds in the spring. I would highly recommend putting the yard work off this weekend and get in a stand as the biggest bucks will be on the move.”