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The Best Little Hunt in America (Page 2)

The author opines that the best hunts are those where a group of friends can pursue big game and small game in the same day. A deer hunt in “Pheasant Mecca, “ S.D.

The deer herd is not micro-managed, but its quality is coming on. A 130-class buck is common if you shop around and a 160-class is not unheard of. If you go during the rut, expect to see a dozen bucks per day. The trick is judging it before it scoots into another thicket, then, when you determine it’s worthy of your lofty standards, you must make the shot—often 200 yards or better, in high wind. I’m talking some of the nation’s consistently stiffest wind, the type of wind on which excuses fly.

By the third day of deer hunting, I recalled the lesson from Joe, which is: Hold out for a trophy early, let your standards drop rapidly and never pass up a shot at a bird. Thus, I was ready to shoot just about any buck—and this was when the weather was pleasant. On the fourth morning, however, the wind became the fiercest with which I’ve ever dealt. Keep in mind I’m from Oklahoma where even the songs about the wind drive men insane. On this day it sliced straight from the north at 40 mph. I used my heavy coat’s hood to keep my hat from becoming a Frisbee. I can’t recall a time, nor would I admit to ever quitting a hunt early due to being cold, but brother, with the prospect of generating heat via walking up some pheasants by merely swapping guns, I was close to it.

Lucky for me, a couple minutes after first light, a buck walked from a shallow draw in front on me, not hundreds of yards down in the coulee, but 75 yards ahead. The sun illuminated its antlers and at once I noticed its rearward-sweeping, 12-inch droptine that forked off its left main beam. Hastily I made my mental field calculations: 4th day, foot-long droptine, I’m freezing, hot soup waiting, birds getting away …. Boom!

Was I a little surprised when I walked up to the dead buck and noticed that it was a youngish, basket-racked 8-point that had a now-flaccid piece of bailing twine drooping from its mainbeam where its droptine was supposed to be? Yes. But rest assured, dear reader, I was not upset at misjudging the deer, for my hunt was far from concluded—alas, quite the contrary. In one of the best days I can recall, I dropped the deer off at the processor’s, stopped by to ogle the work of the finest taxidermist in the world then I went back to the frat house to eat soup, make fun of my friends and take a nap before going back out to shoot at more birds.

And that, my friends, is all I will reveal about the Best Little Hunt In America. I strongly recommend that you check it out for yourself. If you are not convinced, you must be a sheep hunter. You guys are just plain weird. But I will tell you, if you’re still curious, what you call a freaky redneck who’s passionate about both bucks and birds: Single.

But my standards are rapidly waning. 

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4 Responses to The Best Little Hunt in America (Page 2)

Pissed off land owner wrote:
January 04, 2011

Dave Kaiser also use to hunt on my land and would pay $200 a deer,waht are you paying?? not worth the trouble, the worst was when he decided "OH hey got this niffty place to hunt coyotes, it was during a blizzard and I had just move in,figuring nobody was there tada,SUPRISE, I was there at the farm, didn't think anyone could back up a driveway that fast,they set at the end of the driveway deciding what to do longer then it took them to drive back down and confront me, and introduce themselves! and then 2 more times after he wasn't allowed on the land, he brought in hunters from Minnesota,the second time he said he was wanting to scout for "Rubs/horns"I said that was fine, but you can leave your guns in the suburban, about 10 minutes passed and he was done looking for his "RUBS" So all I have to say is there is way better places to hunt with in gregory or tripp county that won't get a rusty SKS pointed at your a$$ and told to leave quickly and leave a lasting impression on your vacation at what 2-5K for an A$$ chappin??! Dave might be ok for some ,your choice,Happy trails,and best of luck

Kevin Leibold wrote:
August 29, 2010

Now the secret's out - this will be my second season with Double K - one of the finest operations I've ever experienced - great guides, fabulous dogs, incredible pheasant numbers and excellent deer hunting all in a beautiful area of the USA. R2D2 - See ya in November buddy.

Tanner Feyereisen wrote:
August 26, 2010

Herb, I have come close to posting about a dozen responses to this today, but all were not nice and I don't know you. So I will just say this... I am sorry if Dave or one of us guides affected your hunt. It is never our intention to get in peoples' way of enjoying the hunting mecca that is Gregory County, SD. If you would like, you can find my contact info on my website and I can address all your issues. You could contact Dave as well, cuz he probly won't even see this. I look forward to hearing from you. take care, Tanner

herb tyler wrote:
August 24, 2010

I'm sorry to see that you have featured Dave Kaiser in American Hunter. Some locals despise him because he hunts on private land without permission. I have had two personal experiences with his interfering with my hunts and have been told of other situations by locals. Shame on you.