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
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
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
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
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!