A Bruiser Buck From The Badger State [Big Buck ALERT]

Wisconsin's Andrew Melton, 39, played by those rules and made the most of some ideal conditions to anchor this massive Badger State brute in late September;

by Mark Melotik

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Wisconsin is a virtual big-buck factory. Andrew Melton’s 2016 deer, arrowed with help from HuntStand, is one more fine example.

Wis4 2 600If you wear good camouflage and remain as still as possible on stand it’s possible to fool a whitetail buck’s eyes, but to beat his nose you had better pay strict attention to your HuntStand app and ScentCone. Wisconsin’s Andrew Melton, 39, played by those rules and made the most of some ideal conditions to anchor this massive Badger State brute in late September; in the process becoming the Week Four winner of the HuntStand Big Buck ALERT contest.

“This buck was shot on the evening of September 27th; I had scouted this buck early in the season and had some trail cam pics of him,” Melton said. “One of my boys even had an earlier encounter with him, but was unable to get a shot. I waited until the right wind to hunt him, knowing that my opportunities were going to be limited before the early fall pattern changed.

Wis4 3 600“The night of the 27th I checked my HuntStand app and knew that I had the right wind, and I was not disappointed, as the buck came out just before dark,” Melton continued. “I made a great shot at 20 yards, and we found him a short distance away; he was bigger than I had first thought, and he weighed in at 210 pounds field-dressed. It was a great night to share with my sons, family, and friends. Thank you for the opportunity to share my HuntStand success story; I always check the weather and wind on my HuntStand app.”

Congratulations, Andrew, on a true bruiser Wisconsin buck. Thanks to all who have submitted photos and stories to date; successful hunters: Keep them coming!

PrintFor his Week Four win, Melton will be sent a pair of ThermaCELL Original Heated Insoles, valued at $130. More good news? There are plenty of opportunities left to win a pair of your own.

To enter the HuntStand 2016 Big Buck ALERT contest, simply send us a clear, high-res. digital photo (or two) of your 2016 buck, along with a few sentences detailing your hunt, and how HuntStand played a part. Include your full name, age, successful hunt date and state, and also be sure to include your mailing address and shoe size. Your e-mail subject line should read: Big Buck Alert! Send your photo(s) and requested info to: [email protected]

HuntStand will choose one impressive buck to highlight each week on our website, as well as on Facebook and Instagram. If your buck is a weekly winner you’ll score some sweet hunt gear: a pair of HuntStand-approved ThermaCELL Original Heated Insoles (MSRP $130). Their state-of-the-art wireless thermal technology with convenient remote operation delivers at least 2,500 hours (about four winters) of heavy use. Simply adjust the temperature utilizing the wireless remote control to the setting of your choice: no heat (standby), medium (100°F), and high (111°F). The result is warm, comfortable, sweat-free feet.



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