Picture-Perfect Ohio 8-Point [Big Buck ALERT]

Bowhunting mornings during the early deer season can typically be a difficult proposition, unless of course you have a solid plan. Ohio’s Ian Ignotov, 23, had one of the best plans...

by Mark Melotik

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Here’s a big buck story that proves you can’t stop a man with a plan—and especially, an early season bowhunter who is packing the HuntStand app.

Week2WinnerBowhunting mornings during the early deer season can typically be a difficult proposition, unless of course you have a solid plan. Ohio’s Ian Ignotov, 23, had one of the best plans we’ve heard lately to waylay his beautifully symmetrical Ohio 8-point, and Ignotov’s reward is taking home Week Two honors in our Big Buck ALERT contest.

To fully grasp just how devious Ignotov’s hunt plan was—helped along (of course) by HuntStand—it’s best to hear the ingenious details in his own words:

“I use the HuntStand app religiously, and have used it for the past few years. I love it, especially how accurate it is,” Ignotov said. “On Friday, October 8th I saw that a major cold front was coming through southeastern Ohio, and saw that I had the perfect wind setup approaching, so I took Sunday, October 9th off of work. I came up with a game plan for the morning by using HuntStand’s aerial mapping, to see how I should best access my morning stand.

“I decided to have my girlfriend leave my truck running when dropping me off on the road, to help push the deer out of the food plot and to help mask any noise I would make during my approach,” Ignotov continued. “It worked to a ‘T,’ and just 5 minutes after legal shooting light I sent a Rage broadhead flying, after watching this buck’s silhouette for about 45 minutes, as it fed in the predawn darkness! That’s what it’s all about, putting the work in all summer long, finding a pattern, and making a plan for it all to come together! Thanks to HuntStand and everything coming together, I got the job done on this beautiful 8 point!”

Congratulations, Ian, on a beauty Ohio buck. Thanks to all who have submitted photos and stories to date; successful hunters: Keep them coming!

PrintFor his Week Two win, Ignotov will be sent a pair of ThermaCELL Original Heated Insoles, valued at $130. More good news? There are plenty of opportunities left to win a pair of your own.

To enter the HuntStand 2016 Big Buck ALERT contest, simply send us a clear, high-res. digital photo (or two) of your 2016 buck, along with a few sentences detailing your hunt, and how HuntStand played a part. Include your full name, age, successful hunt date and state, and also be sure to include your mailing address and shoe size. Your e-mail subject line should read: Big Buck Alert! Send your photo(s) and requested info to: [email protected]

HuntStand will choose one impressive buck to highlight each week on our website, as well as on Facebook and Instagram. If your buck is a weekly winner you’ll score some sweet hunt gear: a pair of HuntStand-approved ThermaCELL Original Heated Insoles (MSRP $130). Their state-of-the-art wireless thermal technology with convenient remote operation delivers at least 2,500 hours (about four winters) of heavy use. Simply adjust the temperature utilizing the wireless remote control to the setting of your choice: no heat (standby), medium (100°F), and high (111°F). The result is warm, comfortable, sweat-free feet.



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