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ScoutLook Success Stories: Iowa Double-Beam Buck Caught Cruising


Late last October HuntStand showed just one of Brian Kennedy's stands offered favorable hunt conditions. A few hours later another Success Story was born.

by Mark Melotik

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Late last October HuntStand showed just one of Brian Kennedy’s stands offered favorable hunt conditions. A few hours later another Success Story was born.

Kennedybuck1 900As we here at Team HuntStand have said many times, the two-pronged power of the HuntStand app lies not only in showing you the right times and places to hunt; just as valuable can be app info that shows you where not to hunt.

Late last October, Iowa’s Brian Kennedy fired up his HuntStand app to find a near-ideal situation. Kennedy, you see, has at his disposal a handful of carefully placed stand sites, but on Oct. 30 the HuntStand ScentCone feature ruled out all of them—save for one. We’ll let Brian finish the rest of his exciting HuntStand Success Story:

“Thanks to the HuntStand app ScentCone I was able to harvest this gnarly buck during the 2016 Iowa bow season, on Oct. 30, even though the day featured a mostly unfavorable wind. Let me explain.

“The HuntStand app had forecasted a southern wind for Oct. 30 which proved accurate, and so I knew that sitting in all but one of my stands that day, I would get busted.

KennedyBuck3 900“Of course I chose the only stand where HuntStand showed the wind was favorable, and this buck ended up coming in just to the edge of the ScentCone for this particular stand. Thankfully, the buck didn’t wind me or even suspect that I was there. Once in sight, I thought the buck was going to take a trail broadside to me at about 35 yards, but he suddenly button-hooked around a ditch and walked behind the tree I was in.

“I had to spin and wait for him to enter a shooting window, which he eventually did, and I shot him at 20 yards. I had been using the Logging feature on the HuntStand app as a very helpful tool throughout the Iowa season; it’s handy to be able to update and check the weather and winds right in my stand.

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“I’d been using HuntStand and the ScentCone feature for the past couple of years on my home computer, but finally got a smartphone and started using the HuntStand app this past year. I find it hard to beat having all of the helpful info at my fingertips while in my stand.

“I’d had this buck on camera several times through the year, but the weather hadn’t cooperated very well for the stands and time of day he was passing by. I had to wait for that ‘perfect day’ when the wind, stand, and time of day all meshed—and then he showed up. Thank you HuntStand for helping me to harvest a once-in-a-lifetime buck!”

Congrats Brian on one very cool-looking Iowa buck, and thanks for sharing your experience that not only proves the deadly effectiveness of the HuntStand app, but also the savvy to monitor stand sites regularly to ensure you’re hunting as smart as possible. A wise approach that paid big.

Tundra-Series-Set 900For sharing his HuntStand app success story, Kennedy will receive a pair of Arctic Ice cooler packs: One Tundra Series X-Large cooler pack (complete Tundra Series set shown above) and one Chillin’ Brew X-Large cooler pack, a $60 total value.

VIDEO: Arctic Ice Improves Your Cooler’s Performance

Arctic Ice reusable cooler packs are tailor-made for sportsmen, both hunters and fishermen, who want to keep fish, game meat and food/provisions cold or frozen longer, while avoiding the hassle and expense of dry and standard ice. Arctic Ice Chillin’ Brew cooler packs (available in four sizes, Small to X-Large) have been shown to keep coolers under 32°F for days, and can also be used with ice to keep ice frozen up to 50 percent longer than an equal weight of ice would last alone. Tundra Series cooler packs have been shown to maintain frozen temperatures
 in coolers for days;  they’re great for keeping frozen food or frozen game in perfect shape without the need for freezers or dry ice.

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