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Muzzleloader Lessons
Northwestern Kansas is crop country. To the drive-by observer, it’s nothing but flat, tilled fields of corn, milo and wheat stretching from horizon to horizon. What you don’t easily see are the canyons, bluffs and rolling hills hidden amongst that prime farm country. Breaks and canyon lands that create ideal deer cover near endless feed is a formula guaranteed to grow 
big deer. Over the last five years, I’ve had three opportunities to hunt whitetails or mule deer with a muzzleloader in this area, possibly the finest deer hunting country in the states. In each case, the hunt was a unique adventure that taught this longtime muzzleloader hunter a valuable lesson. I’ll share both the adventures and the lessons with you. Both mule deer and whitetails inhabit the north Kansas farm country, and the technique for hunting them varies. Whitetails tend to favor the river bottoms and heavily timbered brush pockets, although the chances of spotting one out on the flats is high, since, like the local mule deer, they travel to and from bedding areas to the standing or cut crop fields to feed. Hunting in stands or blinds is the most effective technique if a mature whitetail is y...

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Larry Teague / GunHunter Editor

Larry Teague

Larry Teague has been an outdoors writer and magazine editor for 35 years. He landed his first writing job, penning hunting and fishing reports for the Houston Post newspaper, in 1977. From 1980-1985, he was editor of Gulf Tide magazine, published by the Gulf Coast Conservation Association. For 12 years, Teague was editor of Southern Outdoors magazine, published by B.A.S.S. Inc. He also edited Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World magazine and numerous firearms books before becoming the founding editor of Buckmasters GunHunter Magazine in 2003.

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