Stunning Split-Brows Ohio Buck Claims Week One Win [Big Buck HIT LIST]

A recently purchased farm. Some intensive deer management. When a well-known brute of a buck blows up again, our Week 1 winner is crowned.

by HuntStand


Ohio’s Max Hartung is a man on a mission. Three years ago the 59-year-old dedicated hunter bought a Ohio farm on which he is carefully managing the deer, and as you might guess, that focus and dedication is paying off. Is it ever. For sending in these photos of a stunning split-brows Ohio buck that he’s been watching for three years, Hartung, of Lore City, is the Week One winner of our 2022 Big Buck HIT LIST contest.

Week 1 Buck FeedingThe weekly win scores Hartung a Wildlife Research Center scent prize package valued at $44.99, and also makes him eligible for our drawing to win a Grand Prize Package valued at more than $630, comprised of a wide variety of Wildlife Research Center products and two proven hunting optics from Burris.

Enter Today!

Week 1 Buck Posing

“I have three years of history with this buck,” Hartung wrote. “He first showed up as a 3.5-year-old 8-point, and was very wide. Last season he was a 4.5-year-old 10-point that I guessed at 150 inches. While hunting I passed him several times, because he had such great potential.

Week 1 Buck at Feeder“Now this year, as a 5.5-year-old, he has really blown up, which you can see in these trail cam photos taken July 4th,” Hartung continued. “They were taken at a mineral site/kill food plot on a secluded ridge at the back of my property, where a lot of bucks move around. I bought this farm three years ago, and have really put the effort in to manage it. The past few years I’ve built 4 acres of food plots: clover, rape turnip and brassicas, and this year I added a 3-acre corn plot.”



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 prizeWe’ll choose 10 weekly winners that we will showcase beginning July 8th. 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 combined with subtle tones of freshly scraped earth and Territorial Musk.

WRC Hit List Grand Prize


At the end of the 10 weeks, all weekly winners will be placed in a drawing for a chance at an incredible Grand Prize Combo Package valued at $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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