Whitetail Deer
What should a prospective deer hunter consider when he looks for an outfitter? First, are there big deer in his area? The word BIG is a relative term. Big means 200 pounds and up for dressed weight Big means racks that have long tines, wide spread and heavy mass. Big means bucks that make you tremble before you draw down on them. BIG means book - Boone and Crockett or Pope and Young.
K.C.'s Outfitting has a superb deer area. Over 2000 square miles of prime habitat combining forest and swamp with agricultural fringe that deer thrive in. Ken has access to a perfect blend of wilderness and agricultural-based habitat. In addition K.C.'s Outfitting offers something special - almost no competition from other hunters. Bucks in the ara grow old - anyone who knows deer understands that really BIG bucks are at least five years old. That is when whitetails are at their prime.

The hunter should find out how the outfitter conducts his hunts. Is he combining rattling and grunting with hunting near feeding areas and bedding areas? How many stands or blinds are available, what styles, how long are the shooting distances.
Ken lives in his area year round and he devotes a lot of time to scouting and planning for the next hunting season. He knows where the favored travel lanes are, escape routes and what the deer are doing at any time of the year. Nothing is left to chance, Ken and his guides KNOW what the deer are doing, they KNOW where big bucks are hanging out, they KNOW what trails are best and when the deer are most likely to move or feed.

Ken puts the same diligence into stand placement. He uses custom-built steel ladder-stands that are comfortable for extended use. Each stand over-looks a favored trail that bucks have been seen recently using. Naturally the stands are positioned for optimum concealment and shooting opportunity. Whether you hunt with a firearm or bow, your guides will put you in the "right" spot.

Why aren't deer hunted over bait?
Very simple - provincial regulations forbid this practice. K.C.'s Outfitting abides by rules and regulations so this is simply not an option. What we can do with excellent success is hunt near favored agricultural fields that deer naturally use. We sit on trails or on the edges of various types of fields.

During his quest the hunter should also check into client services such as accommodations, transportation, handling of the trophies, and one of the most important - food and meals!
Let's face it - weather, deer behavior, buck-fever and many other factors sometimes make for frustrating hunting days. Anyone who has hunted knows that a good meal at the end of the day will make up for some pretty tough times. Ken's wife Judy is a master cook, her meals are the perfect ending for any day in the field - the day that you shoot your trophy of a lifetime or the day that he ducks your arrow. Home cooked meals - only better! Judy operated a café for several years and she has created a menu that has to be tasted to be appreciated. You ARE going to put on a pound or two, that is a bonus when you hunt with Ken and Judy. K.C.'s Outfitting's lodge combines rustic country living with all the comforts of home. Transportation is also very important and we operate a variety of vehicles that guarantee access - period. We use 4x4 trucks, 4x4 ATV's and our secret weapon - the Holme-r-r-r.

Let's face it, there are a lot of good deer hunting areas in North America. And there are some very good outfitters. Southeast Manitoba has some of the biggest bucks in North America. The minerals in the soil, our climate and genetics produce huge whitetail bucks. The western Canadian provinces dominate the B&C book for good reason - we produce monster deer!

K.C.'s Outfitting is committed to providing the highest quality hunts for our clients. Our success is confirmed by the high percentage of repeat clients that we book every year. We do not have a lot of openings for good reason - our hunters keep coming back! This results in wonderful friendships that we are very proud of.

How does a hunting day unfold? What do I need to know about hunting with K.C.'s Outfitting?
Ken and his guides start scouting weeks before the hunting season begins. By cruising and glassing favored areas at prime times, the fellows pattern individual animals, or groups of deer that contain big bucks. Since Ken and his guides live in the hunting area they are constantly on the lookout for bucks, this is a way of life in rural Manitoba.

Ken conducts a short seminar before the hunts begin. He explains rules and regulations that apply, and discusses essential topics such as shot placement. The guides take the hunters out to the stands for early morning hunts. Like many outfitters in Western Canada Ken prefers that the hunters stay in their blinds or stands over the mid-day as this is a highly productive time of day for big bucks.

The hunter stays in the comfortable 16 foot ladder stands until evening, at which time he is picked up. Each hunter is provided a walkie-talkie so that he can contact his guide when he takes his trophy. Bucks are taken to the main camp where they are field dressed, skinned and processed in a special building. K.C.'s Outfitting has freezer facilities to ensure the safe preservation of both the meat and also the cape. Ken assures that no meat is wasted.


Here is what you might experience at K.C.'s Outfitting…

Dawn is not in a hurry - heavy clouds extend over the eastern horizon. You snuggle into your warm layers and close your eyes - suck in a big breath and silently thank the Lord for these precious moments. Your mind replays some of the recent events - the huge five by five dominates your thoughts. The small pine that saved his life is not visible yet in the darkness, but you know it is over to the side of the little clearing. You grin as you look over to where it must stand, exactly twenty-two yards from your bow. That pine covered the chest of the biggest buck you have ever seen - not only on this hunt but in your entire life! You can still see the gnarley- frame, the dark stained tines that looked like daggers, the small kicker-tine that almost lined up with one of his eyes as he stood motionless, head slightly down as he sniffed an invisible doe track. Even one step might have been enough - you remember how you gasped for breath as your lungs demanded oxygen. Your bow was shaking, quivering in your hands and you could not stop the trembling. No way. Time stood still and then he was gone. Like smoke in the wind, he just wasn't there anymore.

As you replay the memories a low guttural grunt softly oozes from the shadows. Your senses rev-up a thousand percent. You realize that dawn has started to light up the black shadows and the little pine is clearly visible. You wait, head slightly cocked toward the location that the sound came from. Another grunt and suddenly you see movement. Antlers. All you see is antlers as a huge buck moves deliberately down the unseen trail. He is approaching, coming into your killing zone. As he walks past the pine you raise your bow and draw back. At twenty yards he stops and begins the age-old behavioral process of working his scrape. Urinating, rubbing his forehead, pawing - you wait for the perfect shot.

How does this unfold - you will have to come to K.C.'s Outfitting to find that out for yourself!


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