November 08, 2023
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Richard McIntyre is no stranger to big whitetails; the central Kansas resident has taken many whitetails between 160 and 200 inches over the years.
Unbelievably, most were taken on a 9 1/2-acre parcel of land. In fact, Richard took a 196-inch double-drop-tine buck off the same land during a previous season.
Situated amongst alfalfa, CRP and timbered draws, the honey hole acts as a staging area before deer filter out to the crop fields. Going into the fall of 2023, Richard had his mind on a specific buck he had seen on his trail cameras since 2020.
“Over the past few years, I’ve been trying to keep track of ‘Wall,’” Richard says. (He named the buck Wall because his rack looks like a wall of tines). “But like clockwork, he’d be around until late September only to return briefly in late December. I really had no idea where he would disappear to.”
Knowing the buck was on the property early, Richard had to act fast to get on him before he left the area. Based on trail camera intel, Richard knew he could only hunt evenings.
“I’d hunted eight times before it all came together,” Richard says. “I even passed up a 165-inch buck, because I knew Wall was in the area. It was really warm the days leading up to when I got my opportunity, with temperatures in the 80s; it was hot and dry. We finally got some rain, which helped cool things off.”
On Sept. 22, Richard once again went after Wall. As the evening progressed, a nice 150-class buck came out and milled around in front of Richard. A little while later, Richard looked over and saw the giant buck at 60 yards. It was the first time the hunter had ever seen the deer on the hoof, and the buck slowly made his way to Richard.
“I readied my crossbow and anticipated a shot,” Richard says. “But at 25 yards he stopped right behind some branches, leaving me with no shot. I was breathing heavily and trying to stay calm while waiting for my chance.”
After nearly five minutes, the buck took a few steps and cleared the branches, allowing Richard to take the shot. “I knew the shot was good,” Richard says. “But I still waited 45 minutes before climbing down.”
The blood trail was short, and the hunt for Wall was over. The big Kansas buck gross scores 192 inches.