Most all of us would like to some day encounter the best buck we’d captured on trail camera over the previous year, and this fall, that exciting scenario was felt by South Carolina’s Brandon Stone. For sending in photos and HuntStand success story of a SC 10-point buck that he’s been watching for the past 2.5 years, Stone is the Week 5 winner in the 2021 HuntStand Big Buck ALERT contest. The win earns Stone a sweet hunt pack from ALPS OutdoorZ: the versatile Covert pack (see below). The weekly win also makes Stone eligible for our Grand Prize drawing in November (more on that below).
We’re still looking for five more weekly winners so enter today!“I’ve watched this deer that I’ve named ‘Lance Armstrong’ for 2.5 years, (so named due to his regular, far-ranging wandering on a daily basis) and never laid eyes on him until this year,” Stone wrote. “When I first started watching this deer I could not figure him out, but this year, with the help of HuntStand, I was determined.
“In July I started running trail cameras to try and pattern him; he was coming to my stand (purple) every single day just before bow season.“On my first hunt (Aug. 23) I bumped a doe on my way in; it was very hot and scent control was near impossible, so I decided to wait till HuntStand forecasted a cool front. On Aug. 29 I got in the stand clean about 6:30; soon I noticed a doe and fawn heading straight to me; then four more does arrived from the opposite direction, and pushed the original doe and fawn underneath me. Suddenly the doe beneath me looked up and blew one time, and they all took off. My heart sank, but then Lance and another shooter buck stepped out at roughly 60 yards, but they never got closer.“For the next three weeks Lance seemed to disappear, so I started checking cameras all over our 1,500-acre place and found him once again. Because it was rifle season everyone in my area was putting out corn, and the buck was traveling nearly half a mile from corn pile (green) to corn pile (purple) each day; this is when he got the name Lance Armstrong! So at this point I had him patterned; I knew his travel route and his bedding area, which was between everything. “On Sept. 24 I went out to bait and received pics of the buck at 12 noon on my purple stand. I didn’t finish baiting till 5 p.m. and when I got back to camp everyone else went out to hunt. I had decided to wait and go to the red stand, because my dad had just sat it and had seen a lot of does, and I needed some meat. I’d never had photos of Lance at this location, but I knew, because of HuntStand, that he was using it because it followed the route he loved to walk.
“I got in about 6 p.m., clean and quiet, and at about 6:45 p.m. a doe came in running and paused beneath me, then bolted away. At that point I grunted, and two minutes later something jumped the nearby ditch; much to my surprise it was Lance, looking for does.“In seconds he walked toward me, then turned back around to leave, when I stopped him and fired the shot! I knew I hit him but was not sure where, then started calling friends and family. I then got out of the stand and found him about 200 yards away. Then the celebration really began! When we got him back to camp everyone agreed it was the biggest buck that had ever been killed on the property; we aged him at 6.5 years, and almost 200 pounds. He’s a big mature South Carolina whitetail that I would never have patterned without HuntStand!”
To enter the HuntStand 2021 Big Buck ALERT contest, simply send us a few clear, high-res. digital photos (three to five) of your 2021 buck bagged after Aug. 20 (Entries accepted NOW THROUGH NOV. 24). 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 of course, the blow-by-blow account of the exciting action as it 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]Team HuntStand will choose 10 weekly winners that we will share with the extensive HuntStand community; EACH weekly winner will receive the versatile Covert Pack (valued at $59.99) from ALPS OutdoorZ (see above). This unique compact design will take you from deer season to waterfowling and everything in between. It’s ideal for hunters who want to pack light but still carry essential gear. For cold-weather comfort, deploy the pack in front of your torso, and utilize the integrated hand warmer channel between the belt and main compartment. You’ll also find a clear smartphone pocket on the main compartment lid that offers safe storage of your mobile device.
In addition, at the end of the 10 weeks, all weekly winners will be placed in a drawing for our Grand Prize: an ALPS OutdoorZ Impulse Pack (valued at $199.99; image above). This ultra-quiet design won’t betray your presence when your next trophy is closing in, thanks to ALPS’ new Deadquiet fabric; it features outer fleece with a polyester backing and incorporates a membrane between the two fabrics to help keep out moisture. The zipper-less main compartment allows you to access items quietly and easily; a series of magnets and an aluminum hook secures the top lid when needed. Ideal for ground blinds or treestands, the flat-bottom structure allows the pack to stand up independently. Included are an ambidextrous quiver holder, two deep side pockets, a drop-down pocket to carry your gun or bow, a two-piece adjustable waist belt with pockets, and a hydration pocket with two side ports.
Good luck out there this fall from all of us here at Team HuntStand, and let us know when (and how) you score with HuntStand!
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