I had really high expectations going into the 2015 hunting season. I had tags for Wyoming, Canada, and Kansas. I was also planning on taking my son on his first deer hunt with a crossbow. I was looking forward to laying down some video in Kansas with clients as well. On top of all that I was still teaching, guiding, and starting a new Real Estate company with my brother, Scott Seymour and friend Ryan Lehmkuhl named BeOutdoors Real Estate LLC.
September came fast and I found myself headed to Wyoming for an early season archery hunt with some good friends Rick and Rock Bonomo. I only had a few days to hunt, but knew I was on some good farms with Diamond 7 Bar Ranch. The first morning came and I was already in front of a nice Wyoming shooter. The video wasn’t there and decided to try and find a bigger deer on the ranch. A few days went by and I found myself patterning and hunting a big mature 9 pointer. He came out at 40 yards and scanned the area. I had deer all around me, but of course the older wiser buck knew something was up. I didn’t force the quartering to shot. He bolted and show was over. I made a last ditch effort on my last morning and finally saw a Wyoming giant, but of course I was out of time. My buddy Rock stuck a nice velvet 10 point the night before. The footage was awesome. It was time for me to get back to Kansas. Family and work was waiting.
Early muzzle season in Kansas can always be a great hunt if you have a big boy patterned. I had this real nice 150 inch 10 point that was traveling during daylight hours. Russell Chambers from Michigan was up to bat. The first night we chased this buck ended up in smoke. Russell made a great shot at 50 yards with the muzzleloader. The footage turned out great as well.
October was upon us and I was trying to locate some bucks on a new farm that Joe Miles and I had leased. There was one buck in particular that Joe and I called the Mule deer buck. I chased him one evening, but had decided this buck was going to be one of Joe’s targets in a few weeks so I backed out of there. I found myself going back to my honey hole from the year before and preparing for the rut.
Halloween week was here. The Kansas City Royals were in the World Series and I was headed to Canada for another hunt with the Bonomo’s. Rick had a killed a nice buck right before I got there. My hunt was struggle city with wet weather. Lots of standing corn made the buck movement not so great. I still had one good morning where Rick and I had a nice encounter with a 140s inch 10 pointer. I grunted him in to 20 yards but had no shooting lanes to get a shot. 2015 was becoming a challenge.
The rut was in full swing when I returned from Canada. My hunters and buds were knocking some bucks down. I located a giant buck that was familiar from the year before. I hunted mostly evening hunts because I was out of vacation days. The weather seemed really warm and dominated by south winds. I had some great younger buck encounters with decoy, but could not get into the zone with a giant. I even ended up taking my son out in Peak rut to shoot his first doe. I was beginning to realize that season wasn’t about me. My son shooting his first doe was amazing. I was so happy for him. It allowed me to get some fire back and get into the zone before Kansas rifle season began.
We had an ice storm move in right after Thanksgiving and I was ready to spend some time in a ground blind to endure the weather. I located this big 8 point with some trash. I was in his bedroom and was going to hunt smart to get a crack at him. I waited until the wind was right and moved in for the kill. I saw a bunch of bucks, but had my eye on him. Sure enough he shows face in plenty of daylight and allows me to put a Black Eagle arrow through his lungs at 20 yards. I was pumped! I knew I was tagged out in Kansas. I managed to video the hunt by myself which added to the challenge.
I had a young lady from PA show up for rifle season. There was a 3 1/2 year old buck that was shot earlier in the year during rut with a bow that we went after. This buck definitely had some potential, but I did not think he would survive the winter. The young girl made a great shot on the buck and harvested her biggest buck date grossing around 135 inches. We had another great buck shot on video.
Christmas break came and I was able to get my son back in the woods. I had a bunch of old 8 and 9 points working this one area. We decided to head out Christmas night for the hunt. This new 4 1/2 year old 8 point came out that night and presented a great shot for my son. Flint patiently waited for his shot angle and pulled the trigger. The Lumenok made it easy for us to tell where he hit the buck. We waited until the next morning to go find the buck. He didn’t make it 70 yards and was piled up.
2015 was an amazing year for me. One I will not forget. The hunts that I was able to be apart of were all captured on video and tell some great stories. It was truly the year that wasn’t about me, but instead about my family, friends, and clients, making hunting dreams come true.