Some familiar hunting land. A couple distinctive Michigan bucks. When a few game cams help tie the two together for a third consecutive season, our Week 8 HIT LIST winner emerges.
This summer Michigan’s Rockie Moore has been experiencing one of the great thrills, and practical uses, of modern game cams. Moore uses his game cams regularly on his Michigan-based hunting land to help manage his herd, in the process keeping tabs on several deer and watching intently as they develop and grow into shooters. For his efforts keeping tabs on two bucks, specifically, Moore is the Week Eight winner of our Big Buck HIT LIST contest.
“Here is a buck I call ‘Bender’ due to its distinctive, bent right brow tine,” Moore explained, of the photos above that were captured on July 10 and July 22, respectively. “I have been watching these bucks for a few years, and am not exactly sure if they are 3.5 or 4.5 years old.
“My game cams have captured photos of a buck with a bent right brow tine for three straight years. The first three photos are in my section of woods that I call the ‘Oak Forest,’ which borders a swamp,” Moore continued. “The final photo [above] shows the largest [10-point] bent-brow buck in a thicket bordering my ‘Pine Tree’ section. This buck moves back and forth through the same swamp regularly. The third, smaller buck (which appears in the third of four photos above) is a deer I call ‘Stubs’ because of his small brow tines. I hunt all seasons from bow through muzzleloader, on this tract that is located in St. Joseph County.” For his Week Eight win, Moore will be sent a new-for-2017 Thermacell MR450 Handheld Repeller (see image above), valued at $35. More good news? There are four more opportunities to win a MR450 of your own.
To enter the HuntStand 2017 Big Buck HIT LIST contest, simply send us a few clear, digital trail cam photos (two to four) of a buck (or bucks) taken in the summer of 2017 (day or night images, photos accepted through Sept. 18). Include a few sentences detailing the type of terrain/area where the image(s) were captured (field edge, favorite stand site, etc.) and some info on the buck(s) pictured. Do you have any history with the buck? Is the buck a likely newcomer to your area? Is it somehow unusual or unique for the area? What weapons/seasons will you use to hunt the pictured buck(s)?
Along with your photos, include your full name, age, photo date(s) and state, and also be sure to include your mailing address. Your e-mail subject line should read: Big Buck HIT LIST! Send your photo(s) and requested info to: [email protected]