Talk about redemption. Prior to this fall Kentucky’s Lorie Potter had been on a serious string of buck-less seasons. To make matters worse, she knew a recent injury would prevent her from using her vertical bow this fall. Ah, but Potter had a plan. Did she ever. For sending in photos and HuntStand success story of a brute of a Kentucky buck that ends a long buck drought, Potter is the Week Two winner in the 2022 HuntStand Big Buck ALERT contest. The win earns Potter a sweet hunt pack from ALPS OutdoorZ: the versatile Trail Blazer (see below). The weekly win also makes Potter 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 first saw this buck in July of this year,” Potter wrote. “I knew as soon as I saw him I wanted to tag him. Unable to pull my bow due to medical problems, I knew I would have to wait until crossbow season.
“I set a camera and got several photos of this buck up to the day I bagged him. Our crossbow season in Kentucky started September 17th this year. I knew if the wind was right I would be hunting this buck on that day. We went in on Sept. 16th and set up a ground blind where we thought I would have the best chance to harvest this buck. Thanks to the HuntStand app, I was able to monitor the wind direction and move in for my hunt.
“Although the weather was warm, like clockwork he showed up on opening day afternoon, but only presented me with a head-on shot. At one point he was only 10 yards away. It took all my patience to let him walk away without taking a shot.
HuntStand Wind Check
“After checking the wind direction on HuntStand, I returned to my ground blind near a cedar tree the following afternoon, Sunday, Sept. 18th.,” Potter continued. “I was sitting in my blind wondering why I let him walk away the day before. I wondered if I would ever see him again. Fortunately for me he returned a short time later, and presented me with a quartering shot, again at only 10 yards. I settled the crosshairs on his chest and squeezed the trigger. My bolt flew true, striking the buck just behind his shoulder and exiting the other side. He turned and ran; I lost sight of him after only a few yards.
“I’m normally a very calm person, but I got that adrenaline dump and shakes after the shot that I normally don’t experience. I contacted my husband on my phone and told him, ‘I got him.’ As my husband and son arrived I walked up on a large copperhead snake in the direction my buck had run, luckily without incident.
“After a short tracking job with my nine-year-old son Brice and my husband, we located my buck only 80 yards from where I shot him. To say I was excited would be an understatement. I haven’t killed a buck in about 15 years, and never anything close to this big. This hunt was another reminder why I enjoy the outdoors. I enjoyed the rest of the afternoon and evening with my family, and my taxidermist!”
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@example.com
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!