A Gnarly Double-Beam Georgia Brute Returns [Big Buck HIT LIST]

When diligent hunting and regular game-cam use shows a local mature buck is now larger and gnarlier than ever, our Week 7 winner is crowned.

by Mark Melotik

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When diligent hunting and regular game-cam use shows a local mature buck is now larger and gnarlier than ever, our Week 7 winner is crowned.

ISightek CameraVeteran hunters know mature bucks rarely come easy, but things are trending nicely so far in 2020 for Georgia’s David Blair. Blair, 40, has been hunting the same 50-acre parcel with some buddies for the past 12 years, and has been watching an impressive local buck grow and mature for the last several years—enough to know his primary target buck is now 5 years old and more gnarly and impressive than ever. For sending in 2020 photos of the well-known Georgia buck, Blair is the Week 7 winner of our 2020 Big Buck HIT LIST contest. The weekly win scores Blair a Wildlife Research Center scent and scent-elimination prize package valued at more than $82, and also makes him eligible for our September drawing to win a Wildlife Research Center prize package valued at more than $180. Enter today! ISightek Camera“I have attached a few photos of the buck I call ‘Sonic’ (named by my 4-year-old son),” Blair wrote. “He is a known 5-year-old buck that I have several years of history with, although this is the first year he has had the kickers and trash growing. These photos are mostly from early July here in NW Georgia, on a spring food plot of soybeans, cow peas, alfalfa, and clover. The last (night) image is from early August.ISightek Camera“This is a 50-acre tract of land that funnels deer down between two blocks of woods with a lake on one side and a swamp on the other. The property is strictly bowhunting only, so our deer get age on them. I have had this property for 12 years and hunt it with two of my friends. It is generally our favorite place to be once November comes around, because of the ability to see a lot of chasing and seeking. We have several hang-on stands situated along the southern edge of the food plot we have planted, in order to take advantage of our predominant northwest wind in this area, as well as the key pinch points along the swamp. “The hope is to capitalize on this buck in the early season, before he disappears until the rut starts in late November.”

To enter the 2020 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 2020 (Day or night images, photos accepted NOW THROUGH SEPT. 6).

Week7five 900Be sure to include the dates and state where the images were taken, and a few sentences detailing the type of terrain/area where the images were captured (i.e. funnel leading to soybean field, favorite stand site near wooded creekbed, etc.) and some info on the buck(s) pictured. Do you have any history with the buck? Is the buck a likely 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)?

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]HitllistWeek8prize 900We’ll choose 10 weekly winners that we began showcasing July 3rd. Each weekly winner will receive one of several different prize packages from scent and scent-elimination specialist Wildlife Research Centerour Week 8 Winner will receive a prize package valued at more than $87 (see image above) that includes a Magnum Scrape-Dripper w/4 oz. Golden Scrape (w/Scent Reflex Technology), a 1-oz. bottle of Golden Estrus (with Scent Reflex), an 8-oz. spray bottle of Active-Scrape scent, and a Scent Killer Gold 24/24 Combo.WRChuntstandgrandprize 900At the end of the 10 weeks, all weekly winners will be placed in a drawing to receive a Grand Prize Package of Wildlife Research Center products (see image above) valued at more than $180. Included is a Scent Killer Gold 24/24 Combo, Field Wipes, Scent Killer Body Wash, Shampoo, and Antiperspirant/Deodorant, as well as Laundry Detergent, Dryer Sheets, a Magnum Dripper with Golden Scrape, Key Wicks and a variety of Special Golden Estrus Scents.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get outfitted with the some of the best scent and scent-eliminating products available, gear that will help you get the drop on your favorite Hit List buck. Enter today!



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