HuntStand Helps Ambush Giant Ohio Buck [Big Buck ALERT]

In the midst of a three-year quest for a giant Ohio buck, a dedicated hunter's regular HuntStand use helps close the deal.

by HuntStand


If you’re a veteran hunter it’s likely you don’t take a three-year quest for a giant whitetail lightly. Ohio’s Max Hartung certainly didn’t, which is at least one reason why his quest is now over. For sending in photos and HuntStand success story of a seriously impressive Ohio giant buck bagged Sept. 28, Hartung is the Week Three winner in the HuntStand 2022 Big Buck ALERT contest. The win earns Hartung a sweet hunt pack from ALPS OutdoorZ: the versatile Trail Blazer (see below). The weekly win also makes Hartung 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!

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Ohio Giant Buck First

“I have been using the HuntStand app for years, I basically check it religiously before I hunt to ensure the wind is in my favor at my stand of choice,” Hartung wrote. “This buck has been on my farm for three years; he was number one on my Hit List this season.”

Ohio Giant Buck Closeup

“The stand where I connected sits at the back of my property, overlooking a half-acre food plot of oats and clover,” Hartung continued. “A lot of bucks use this area on a daily basis. On this particular day, Sept. 28, HuntStand forecasted a 10-15 mph NW wind, which was exactly what I needed to access this stand without getting smelled by this mature buck. I knew he was bedding near this area by watching his movements with help from my Tactacam cell cameras.

Ohio Giant Buck ATV

“I got set up at 2:30 p.m., and this buck showed at 5:25 p.m., offering me a 45-yard shot. Using my Ravin crossbow I made a good shot, and the buck only made it about 60 yards. I was in awe when I recovered him; this is a buck of a lifetime. He gross-scored at 191 5/8 inches.”


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:

10 Weekly Winners!

ALPS Trail Blazer Pack

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!

Browning Eclipse Blind & Huntsman Chair
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).
Burris Signature HD 10x42Good 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!

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