Suburban PA Bucks Under Surveillance [Big Buck HIT LIST]

A familiar suburban spot. Several shooter bucks. Do you have a solid gameplan for opening day? Our Week 11 HIT LIST winner certainly does.

by Mark Melotik

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A familiar suburban spot. Several shooter bucks. Do you have a solid gameplan for opening day? Our Week 11 HIT LIST winner certainly does.


Suburban areas overrun with deer are not unique across the U.S., but when you’re fortunate enough to gain permission to access one for several consecutive years, opening day holds a special kind of excitement. As stated above, Pennsylvania resident Justin Franks knows that feeling well, and he’s supremely confident that his spot will pay off on opening day of PA’s archery season.

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Regardless of whether the local bucks cooperate or not, Franks has already notched a victory this year; his skill with a game camera makes him our Week 11 HIT LIST winner.

FranksHIT4 900“These pics were taken in Pennsylvania, in a suburban area about 40 minutes from the Philadelphia border; this is a hilly area near a waste-water plant where there is a deer over-population problem,” Franks explained. “I shot a beautiful 12-pointer in this area in 2015; it’s very thick in this area and the camera is about 60 yards from my stand.

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“The camera is on their travel path, near where they like to bed, and I have three stands in the area. I have been hunting this area for the past six years and know it like the back of my hand; hopefully on opening day I will be sending you a success photo. I’ll be using a Horton crossbow as archery season opens first in this zone.”


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For his Week 11 win, Franks will be sent a new-for-2017 Thermacell MR450 Handheld Repeller (see image below), valued at $35. More good news? There is one more opportunity to win a MR450 of your own.

ThermacellContest 900To enter the HuntStand 2017 Big Buck HIT LIST contest, simply send us a few clear, digital trail cam photos (two to four) of a buck (or bucks) taken in the summer of 2017 (day or night images, photos accepted through Sept. 18). Include a few sentences detailing the type of terrain/area where the image(s) were captured (field edge, favorite stand site, 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 it somehow unusual or unique for the area? What weapons/seasons will you use to hunt the pictured buck(s)?

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



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