11-Point Hoosier State Buck Makes the List [Big Buck HIT LIST]

When a brute of an Indiana newcomer buck is happy to pose for photos, our Week 8 winner is found.

by HuntStand


Talk about an ideal “consolation prize” buck. For the past two years Indiana’s Robert Kaelin has been hunting a whopper of an Indiana buck that he also encountered early this spring, while turkey hunting. But Kaelin has yet to get that buck on film during the summer of 2022. Enter the newcomer. For sending in photos of what looks to be a fine still-growing 11-point Hoosier State buck, taken back in late July and early August, Kaelin is the Week Eight winner of our 2022 Big Buck HIT LIST contest.

The weekly win scores Kaelin a Wildlife Research Center scent prize package valued at $44.99. It also makes him eligible for our drawing to win a Grand Prize Package valued at more than $630. The Grand Prize includes a wide variety of Wildlife Research Center products and two proven hunting optics from Burris.

Enter Today!

Week8 Hit List Buck Profile

“This is a new buck to my area,” Kaelin wrote. “This tract is about 160 acres of private land that is a mix of woods and fields. The timber was logged a few years ago, so this area is really thick, with tons of cover. My goal is to bag this buck with a bow, but if that doesn’t pan out I‘ll try for him during gun season.

Week8 Buck Closeup

“My trail cameras are located where they are, due to trying to pattern this particular buck. The buck I have been hunting for the last two years has not shown up yet. But he is still in the area, as we saw him during spring turkey season.”

Week8 Buck Frontal


To Enter the 2022 Big Buck HIT LIST Contest:

Simply send us a few clear, high-res. digital trail cam photos (three to five) of a buck (or bucks) TAKEN IN THE SUMMER OF 2022 (Day or night images, photos accepted NOW THROUGH SEPT. 7). Be sure to include the following:

A. The dates and state where the images were taken. All images need a date stamp.

B. A few sentences detailing the type of terrain/area where the images were captured (i.e. cedar swamp edge, funnel leading to soybean field, favorite stand site near wooded creekbed, etc.). Be as descriptive as possible.

C. Some info on the pictured buck(s). Do you have any history with the buck? Is the buck a newcomer to your area? Is the deer somehow unique or unusual for the area? What weapons/seasons will you use to hunt the pictured buck(s)?

D. Along with your photos, include your full name and age, and also be sure to include your mailing address. Your e-mail subject line should read: Big Buck HIT LIST! Send photo(s) and requested info to: [email protected] 

Big Buck HIT LIST weekly prize

Great Gear You Can Win

We’ll choose 10 weekly winners that we began showcasing July 8th; we’re still looking for two more weekly winners! Each weekly winner will receive a Ultimate Double Scrape-Dripper Kit from scent specialist Wildlife Research Center, valued at $44.99 (see image above). This serious combo includes two of the best Scrape-Drippers and two bottles of the best scrape scent you can use at a mock scrape location. The Magnum Scrape-Dripper drips daytime only and can operate for up to three weeks on 4 fluid ounces of scent. Golden Scrape with break-through Scent Reflex Technology is a perfect blend of Golden Estrus and intruding buck scents. In addition, it combines  subtle tones of freshly scraped earth and Territorial Musk.

WRC Hit List Grand Prize


At the end of the 10 weeks, all weekly winners enter a drawing for a chance at an incredible Grand Prize Combo Package with a value of $630. The package includes a variety of Wildlife Research Center scent and scent-eliminating products (see image above) valued at more than $181, as well as TWO great hunting optics from Burris: A Burris Droptine 8×42 binocular valued at $300, and a Burris Droptine 3-9×40 riflescope valued at $150 (see images below).

Burris Droptine 8x42 binocular

Don’t miss this opportunity to get outfitted with some of the best scent products available, and some of the most versatile hunting optics on the market. Proven gear that will help you get the drop on your favorite HIT LIST buck. Enter Today!

Burris Droptine 3-9x40 riflescope

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