BBAWeek1 three 900Sometimes in the deer woods things don’t go quite exactly as planned, but everything works out in the end. That’s part of the beauty of hunting, and 19-year-old Richard Zimmerman of KY can certainly relate. Zimmerman, a fanatical whitetail hunter since age 12 who recently acquired some self-filming gear, was eager to document the hunt for a buck he’d been tracking with trail cameras for the past few years. Zimmerman didn’t get the footage he dreamed about, but he did arrow the jaw-dropping KY buck, making him the first weekly winner in the 2021 HuntStand Big Buck ALERT contest. The win earns Zimmerman a sweet hunt pack from ALPS OutdoorZ: the versatile Covert pack (see below). The weekly win also makes Zimmerman eligible for our Grand Prize drawing in November (more on that below).

We’re still looking for nine more weekly winners so enter today!BBAWeek1 two 900“I’ve had history of this buck for a few years, and was finally able to pattern his home core area with the help of HuntStand, including finding a great stand location, and his suspected bedding area.” Zimmerman wrote. “And of course, I always make good use of the HuntStand HuntZone wind indicator, and barometer, both of which paid off on this hunt.BBAWeek1 four“This year I’d given this buck the name ‘Home Boy’ since his core area was so small; it  seemed like he stayed on our property for his summer range, and on Sept. 9, I was very blessed to get a perfect 20-yard shot on him during the second day of the season, at 6:30 p.m. The north wind conditions were perfect for my stand, and I saw the barometer was on the rise and the temperature was dropping, and so I got off work about 4 p.m. and decided to give it a try.BBAWeek1 four 900“I’ve been hunting since the age of 12 and recently, have decided to start self-filming my hunts as a way to add some challenges, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to have my gear ready to film this hunt.”

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]ALPSCovertPack 900Team 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.ALPSImpulsePack 900In 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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