An elusive buck from 2019. Some newcomers that might be his offspring. Is the wily wide-racked 8-point back and bigger?
Pennsylvania’s Dan Dubbs is a man with a plan. Last year the 34-year-old hailing from Dallastown was hunting a distinctive, wide-racked buck he and his group nicknamed “Bullwinkle”—a buck that was highly visible but apparently escaped being tagged by Dubbs’ group as well as neighboring landowners. For sending in 2020 photos of a buck that just might be Bullwinkle, and a few promising bucks that just might be his offspring, Dubbs is the Week 2 winner of our 2020 Big Buck HIT LIST contest. The weekly win scores Dubbs a Wildlife Research Center scent and scent-elimination prize package valued at more than $60, and also makes him eligible for our September drawing to win a Wildlife Research Center prize package valued at more than $180. Enter today!
“These bucks were captured on trail camera on June 24 & 25, 2020. We’re guessing they are offspring of a buck we call ‘Bullwinkle,’ and one might even be Bullwinkle himself,” Dubbs wrote. “They live in a 10-acre woodlot surrounded by corn and soybean fields, located in southern York County in south-central PA. Our focus will be hunting them during the early archery season before the rut—before they have a chance to get hit on the highway about a half mile away.
“Bullwinkle was a big 8-point last year; it was not a really great-scoring deer, maybe in the 130-inch class. To our knowledge no one shot him; a neighbor did take a shot at him during archery season but didn’t hit him. We never saw him again during rifle or late archery season. The last game cam photo of him was captured during the beginning of November, and we pulled cameras in February 2020. We put the cameras back up on June 23, 2020, and he started showing up immediately. The photo (above) taken June 24, 2020, just might be him.
“Two of the younger deer from the bachelor group shown may be his offspring, but we soon noticed that one of our 2020 photos might be Bullwinkle himself (see comparison photos above; at left is this year, on right is Bullwinkle from 2019). It looks like the same buck to me, a year older with more mass and bigger brows.” To enter the 2020 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 2020 (Day or night images, photos accepted NOW THROUGH SEPT. 6). Be sure to include the dates and state where the images were taken, and a few sentences detailing the type of terrain/area where the images were captured (i.e. funnel leading to soybean field, favorite stand site near wooded creekbed, 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 the deer somehow unique or unusual for the area? What weapons/seasons will you use to hunt the pictured buck(s)?
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] We’ll choose 10 weekly winners that we began showcasing July 3rd. Each weekly winner will receive one of several different prize packages from scent and scent-elimination specialist Wildlife Research Center; our third weekly winner will receive a prize package valued at $48 (see image above) that includes Extra Concentrated Acorn Masking Scent that masks human scent and smells fresh for closer shots, as well as Chainsaw Brian’s Premium Doe Estrus, a carefully crafted high-octane Doe Estrus Scent made from premium Doe Urine with Estrus Secretions and more, and Scent Killer Air & Space Deodorizer with cutting-edge NO ZONE Technology that attacks odors at the molecular level, ideal for cabins, vehicles, backpacks, and gear bags. But hold on, there’s more. At the end of the 10 weeks, all weekly winners will be placed in a drawing to receive a Grand Prize Package of Wildlife Research Center products (see image above) valued at more than $180. Included is a Scent Killer Gold 24/24 Combo, Field Wipes, Scent Killer Body Wash, Shampoo, and Antiperspirant/Deodorant, as well as Laundry Detergent, Dryer Sheets, a Magnum Dripper with Golden Scrape, Key Wicks and a variety of Special Golden Estrus Scents.
Don’t miss this opportunity to get outfitted with the some of the best scent and scent-eliminating products available, gear that will help you get the drop on your favorite Hit List buck. Enter today!