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.



While the rest of the Great Plains has been pretty quiet so far this year in terms of trophies being tagged, Kansas is living up to its deserved reputation as a big-buck hotspot. For the past week or so I’ve been hearing some reports out of the Sunflower State that hunters there have already wrapped their tags around a few giant bucks.

The first big buck to fall was a freakish 224-inch non-typical killed by a young girl by the name of McKenzie Brittain. McKenzie reportedly tagged her buck of a lifetime during the youth season back in early September. There’s a picture of it over on the Boone & Crockett Trophy Watch Website.

Also, I recently got an e-mail with this picture attached. With a little bit of research I found out the hunter’s name is Greg Sims and the giant buck tentatively measures somewhere around 194 inches. It was reportedly killed in the Fort Scott in the southeastern corner of the state.

Another giant fell to hunter Maggie Frisbe during the bow opener back on September 19. Nicknamed the Splitter buck thanks to its split brow tines, the big 11-pointer had become a regular star on Frisbe’s game cameras for the past six years. It reportedly measures just shy of 190 inches.

The only other giant buck I’ve heard of is another 200+-class non-typical killed by hunter in Nebraska. It’s also featured over at Trophy Watch, but details, so far, are very limited. I’ll fill you in as I learn more.