HuntStand Leads Way to Burly Illinois Buck [Big Buck ALERT]

Few things warm the heart like news of a well-planned, successful youth hunt. Our Week 8 winner is more proof the future of our hallowed lifestyle rests in good hands.

by HuntStand


Today’s youth hunters hold the key to hunting’s future, a fact well known to Alabama’s James Tucker and friends. The group that included some proud fathers and five youth hunters traveled to Illinois back in October for a hunt few will forget soon, including Tucker’s 14-year-old daughter Maggie. For sending in a HuntStand success story and photos of a burly Illinois buck, James and Maggie Tucker are the Week Eight winners of the HuntStand 2022 Big Buck ALERT contest. The win scores Maggie a sweet hunt pack from ALPS OutdoorZ: the versatile Trail Blazer (see below). The weekly win also makes Maggie 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!

Enter Today!

Week8 Body

“Thank you HuntStand for helping us bag this big buck,” wrote James Tucker. “For the last few years we have been making the long journey from Alabama to Illinois in hopes to bag a big buck. Last year I downloaded the HuntStand app to help me navigate the terrain. With some info from local farmers, we started scouting and marking property lines. With several buddies we compiled info, shared HuntStand maps, and set up blinds. But due to a warm front moving in we had terrible conditions and we were not able to bag a deer.

Week 8 winner with dad

“Fast forward to this year. Checking the weather forecast on HuntStand we were very pumped about what we saw for Oct. 8. A very chilly 33-degree, opening-day morning with almost no wind! This year was Maggie’s turn to come hunting. She is 14, and our group included three young ladies and two young men. All were counting on the experience of their dads to guide them to success.

Week 8 winner pond

“At daylight we walked across the field to our ground blind set up 120 yards into a cut corn field. This wide 9-point was the first of three bucks to walk out of the bottom into the field. However, he would not stop walking, and soon turned to walk straight away.

“My heart was sinking; Mags was saying, ‘Dad, stop him!’ Then he was gone. What to do? Try the ol’ trusty grunt call. I hit the grunt once, nothing. Then again, louder. Suddenly a rack appears and the buck walks back into the field. We were ready this time, and Maggie laid the hammer down at 118 yards, with her Savage 20 gauge. Maggie made a perfect shot! HuntStand holds a special place in my heart, because it helped us realize success on this exciting hunt. Thank you HuntStand!

Week 8 winner Maggie


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!

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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