My 2014 hunting season began in late February on a new farm that I had gotten permission to hunt. Exploring new property is always exciting, and adventurous for me. I located some really nice stand locations for the upcoming archery season. One tree in particular looked like a decoy slam dunk during the first week of November when the bucks are cruising. I had also found a fresh 5-point shed that looked very promising for the 2015 hit list.
I put out some 30-06 mineral late spring and mid-summer. It was time to try and locate the mainframe 10 point that had dropped the antler in the spring. I put up a couple Covert cams on the mineral site, and it didn’t take long to get some amazing velvet pictures of the Big 10 on camera. The Big 10 was so visible from bed to feed that I thought it was worth trying to get a shot during the opening week of Kansas archery season. I had also been preparing for an elk and antelope hunt in late September as well. I hunted the Big 10 point a couple evenings that week in September, and of course he was doing what mature bucks do, giving me the slip. I decided to just hold off putting any more hunting pressure on the buck and wait until the pre-rut to start hunting him again.
The elk hunt was fast approaching. I really needed to prepare for the hunt and make sure my family was taken care of before I left. I booked my elk hunt with Jim and Dusty Schell of Rough Country Outfitters out of Wyoming. The first day of the elk hunt was amazing! There were big bulls and lots of critters. There was no shortage of elk, antelope, or mule deer roaming the area. I ended taking a big 6×6 with the Mathews the first evening. The shot placement wasn’t the best. I was all choked up, but the Rage did its job. I was able to extend my hunt the next couple days and harvest a great antelope with the rifle. The Rough Country Outfitter experience was amazing, and my brother, Scott Seymour was able to capture it all on video.
November had finally arrived and it was time for me to get back into the stand. I was so excited to hunt this Lone Wolf set for the first time. I just knew it would be the decoy zone if the bucks were cruising. With a busy work schedule, I have to make the most of my hunting days. That week I picked the right winds and cool temperatures, and was able to get 4 hunts in. The first 3 hunting days I had nonstop deer movement in my decoy, all being doe and fawns. I just couldn’t believe that I wasn’t seeing any buck movement with all the doe activity I was having. I was still confident in the Lone Wolf set and just knew it was a matter of time before the bucks starting moving. The morning of November 9th started with a rattle, and finally led to some buck activity. I rattled in a real nice 3 1/2 year old 8 point with split G2s at daybreak. He was a little weary of the decoy, but I finally felt like this was the day. I had a couple more rattling sequences throughout the morning and the big boy finally showed face. He saw the decoy and came in on a string. All the way in! I failed to stop him 20 yards out. He circled the decoy into 3 yards, smelled the Conquest and jumped back and stopped at 12 yards. I put the Black Eagle arrow right behind the shoulder. The buck only made it about 100 yards. The rest is history. Ryan Lehmkuhl was running the camera that morning. We were able to capture some incredible decoy footage and hunt that will never be forgotten. 2014 will be a hunting season that I will never forget. My biggest bull elk and antelope, and a 160’s Kansas bruiser for the wall.
My big game hunts came to a close. I was able to focus and help other hunters get it done on some giant Kansas Whitetails including Team 200 buds Adam Hays and Randy Baker. Adam was able to harvest a buck of lifetime mainframe 8 point scoring in the 180’s and Randy had some awesome encounters as well captured on video.
Thanksgiving arrived and I was finally able to start hunting with some local friends and my kids. I was really excited about training my new bird/shed/duck dog as well. Granger(Our Wire-haired Pointer) is the newest member of the Seymour family. She had an amazing first season on upland game, fall turkeys, and waterfowl.
I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings. The dog is trained, and I will be taking my son on his first Spring Turkey hunt! Hopefully, I find a big shed that will be the start to a new big buck story for next fall.