A good part of successful hunting? Managing details. The right gear. The right strategy at the right time. Michigan’s Devon Wiegers knows the value of details, including some keen observation. Wiegers made a big one this fall when he noticed a fresh scrape in his hunting area. For sending in a HuntStand success story and photos of a bruiser MI buck responsible for making that scrape, Weigers is the Week Nine winner of the HuntStand 2022 Big Buck ALERT contest. The win scores Weigers a sweet hunt pack from ALPS OutdoorZ: the versatile Trail Blazer (see below). The weekly win also makes Weigers eligible for a chance at our Grand Prize: A ground blind/chair combo from Browning/ALPS OutdoorZ and two premium Burris hunting optics with a total value of $1,278!
“I passed this buck eight separate times during the fall of 2021, as a three-year-old,” Wiegers wrote. “Then during the fall of 2022, I was moving trail cams, and spotted a broken branch above a scrape on the edge of my field. I hung a camera on this scrape and a week later he was there. He started hitting the scrape religiously, once a week. Then on Oct. 14th he hit it at 4:30 a.m., and again that day at last light.
“So on Oct. 15th, HuntStand was forecasting a favorable WSW wind, so I slipped into the area around 2 p.m. He showed up right at sunset. The shot was 50 yards, and he went 30 yards and died—he piled up next to his scrape, directly in front of the trail camera.
“The enclosed HuntStand app screen image shows every encounter I had with this buck, and most of the trail cam pics of him. These encounters/photos took place from Sept. 2021 to Oct. 15, 2022. I used all the info to learn that he hit that scrape almost every time the barometric pressure jumped over 30. He gross-green-scored 160 7/8 inches, making him my new personal-best buck!”
Who Can Enter?
Who is eligible to enter the Big Buck ALERT contest? Anyone who bags a buck this fall with help from the feature-packed HuntStand app.
How to Enter
To enter the HuntStand 2022 Big Buck ALERT contest, simply send us a few clear, high-res. digital photos (three to five) of your 2022 buck bagged after Aug. 1 (Entries accepted NOW THROUGH NOV. 23). Be sure to include the following:
A. A brief story of your hunt that explains how the HuntStand app played a part.
B. Be sure to tell us if your buck was known to you or a newcomer, then describe the area where your stand sits, or where the encounter took place.
C. Include the fateful day’s wind and weather conditions, and how the exciting action unfolded.
D. Also include your full name, age, successful hunt date and state, weapon used, and your mailing address. Your e-mail subject line should read: Big Buck Alert! Send your photo(s) and requested info to: [email protected]
10 Weekly Winners!
Team HuntStand will choose 10 weekly winners that we began sharing with the extensive HuntStand community Sept. 23; EACH weekly winner will receive the versatile Trail Blazer hunt pack (valued at $119.99) from ALPS OutdoorZ (see above). The Trail Blazer offers 2,500 cubic inches of space and is loaded with features. Included are an expandable pocket that can securely hold your compound bow or gun, a hydration pocket and port, and multiple gear pockets. In addition, it offers a large main compartment, mesh pockets and a handy front lashing system. You’ll also find a blaze orange rain cover.
Our Largest-Ever Grand Prize Package!
At the end of the 10 weeks, all weekly winners enter a drawing for a chance at an incredible Grand Prize Package with a total value of $1,278. The package includes the Browning Eclipse Blind ($299.99) and Huntsman Chair ($199.99) (see image above). In addition, it includes TWO premium hunting optics from Burris: A Burris Signature HD 10×42 binocular valued at $539, and a Burris Fullfield IV 2.5‑10×42 riflescope valued at $239 (see images below).
Good luck out there this fall from all of us here at Team HuntStand! And be sure let us know when (and how) you score while using HuntStand, when you enter the 2022 Big Buck ALERT Contest!