Monster Non-Typical Buck Appears [Big Buck HIT LIST]

When a hunter is sent images from a well-placed cellular trail camera in his home state of Iowa, a monster non-typical buck appears.

by HuntStand


The current steamy temperatures across much of the U.S. remind us the holiday season is still several months away, but it appears Ryan Mickley has located an early Christmas present. And hoo boy, it’s a doozy. For sending in photos of a monster non-typical buck that appears to be hanging with a younger buddy on his hunting property in his home state of Iowa, Mickley is the Week Five winner of our 2022 Big Buck HIT LIST contest.

The weekly win scores Mickley a Wildlife Research Center scent prize package valued at $44.99. It also makes him eligible for our drawing to win a Grand Prize Package valued at more than $630. The Grand Prize includes a wide variety of Wildlife Research Center products and two proven hunting optics from Burris.

Enter Today!

Week 5 Buck with Buddy

“This monster was taken by my Tactacam Reveal on the morning of July 29th, in east-central Iowa, near a creek on the east portion of the property,” Mickley wrote. “That particular morning three mature shooter bucks came through that I had never seen before, along with a bunch of other younger bucks and does.
Week5 Buck On Way In
“I only included the pictures here of the biggest buck, but there were two others that were wall hangers as well,” Mickley continued. “It looks like the big guy in these photos is allowing the younger buck to tag along with him.
Week5 buck profile“I live in Illinois, but grew up in Iowa, and will be hunting late muzzleloader season on this property during the 2022-23 season. I go back each year to hunt one of the firearm seasons, simply because it is so difficult to draw non-resident bow tags. The owner’s son will have the first crack at this big boy with his compound.
Week5 Buck Standoff“The property owner’s son is 11 years old and will be bowhunting for the first time this year. I will be taking him, so we will wait for the best weather scenario to hunt this guy. This property has a history of producing a number of 150+ class bucks, but it has been a few years since anyone has harvested one.”
Week5 Buck Closeup


To Enter The 2022 Big Buck HIT LIST Contest:

Simply send us a few clear, high-res. digital trail cam photos (three to five) of a buck (or bucks) TAKEN IN THE SUMMER OF 2022 (Day or night images, photos accepted NOW THROUGH SEPT. 7). Be sure to include the following:

A. The dates and state where the images were taken. All images need a date stamp.

B. A few sentences detailing the type of terrain/area where the images were captured (i.e. cedar swamp edge, funnel leading to soybean field, favorite stand site near wooded creekbed, etc.). Be as descriptive as possible.

C. Some info on the pictured buck(s). Do you have any history with the buck? Is the buck a newcomer to your area? Is the deer somehow unique or unusual for the area? What weapons/seasons will you use to hunt the pictured buck(s)?

D. Along with your photos, include your full name and age, and also be sure to include your mailing address. Your e-mail subject line should read: Big Buck HIT LIST! Send photo(s) and requested info to: [email protected] 

Big Buck HIT LIST weekly prize

Great Gear You Can Win

We’ll choose 10 weekly winners that we began showcasing July 8th; we’re still looking for five more weekly winners! Each weekly winner will receive a Ultimate Double Scrape-Dripper Kit from scent specialist Wildlife Research Center, valued at $44.99 (see image above). This serious combo includes two of the best Scrape-Drippers and two bottles of the best scrape scent you can use at a mock scrape location. The Magnum Scrape-Dripper drips daytime only and can operate for up to three weeks on 4 fluid ounces of scent. Golden Scrape with break-through Scent Reflex Technology is a perfect blend of Golden Estrus and intruding buck scents. In addition, it combines  subtle tones of freshly scraped earth and Territorial Musk.

WRC Hit List Grand Prize


At the end of the 10 weeks, all weekly winners enter a drawing for a chance at an incredible Grand Prize Combo Package with a value of $630. The package includes a variety of Wildlife Research Center scent and scent-eliminating products (see image above) valued at more than $181, as well as TWO great hunting optics from Burris: A Burris Droptine 8×42 binocular valued at $300, and a Burris Droptine 3-9×40 riflescope valued at $150 (see images below).

Burris Droptine 8x42 binocular

Don’t miss this opportunity to get outfitted with some of the best scent products available, and some of the most versatile hunting optics on the market. Proven gear that will help you get the drop on your favorite HIT LIST buck. Enter Today!

Burris Droptine 3-9x40 riflescope

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