Fertile western Wisconsin farmland. Some mineral attractant. Add a local deer herd bent on improving its headgear and the result is another HIT LIST contest winner.
Few things can concentrate bucks with developing racks like some tasty mineral attractant. Few know this better than Nathan Langrehr, 34, of Wisconsin. Langrehr’s western Wisconsin hunting land offers some of the most mineral-rich soil in the entire Badger State, but the avid bowhunter knows that adding a little “extra” mineral can not only help his deer herd, but also allow him to get a glimpse of how they are developing. For his efforts, Langrehr is our Week Nine HIT LIST winner. “Here are a few photos of two shooter bucks and some good ‘up-and-comers’,” Langrehr said. “The main-frame 10-point [at top and above] is a buck I’m very familiar with; I found his sheds from last year. The buck with the weird rack must have been injured at some point for him to grow such an unusual rack like he did.
“I had encounters with both of these bucks last season, but now they are old enough to go after. These bucks really seem to love the Coulee Legends Apple-flavored mineral that is on the stump in the picture. “These deer hang around this area consistently; I have many photos of these bucks; some photos have so many deer in them I have a hard time counting them all. This land is in western Wisconsin, where the deer hunting is great. I own 200 acres of ridges and valleys complete with a couple of creeks and springs. I plan on hunting the two bigger bucks during the Wisconsin deer archery season that begins September 16.”
For his Week Nine win, Langrehr will be sent a new-for-2017 Thermacell MR450 Handheld Repeller (see image above), valued at $35. More good news? There are three more opportunities to win a MR450 of your own.
To 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]