Van Cashen Is Our 2021 Big Buck ALERT Grand Prize Winner

First he used HuntStand to help modify his hunt property, then used the app to seal the deal on a great buck. Now he's a Grand Prize winner.

by Mark Melotik

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First he used HuntStand to help modify his hunt property, then used the app to seal the deal on a great buck. Now he’s a Grand Prize winner.

Van Cashen of Texas is the Grand Prize Winner of the 2021 HuntStand Big Buck ALERT contest that earns him an ALPS OutdoorZ Impulse Pack (valued at $199.99; image below). As you might recall, Cashen, 33, became our Week 8 winner after sending in his HuntStand success story of a beauty symmetrical TX 10-point, taken on land he’s recently improved. Following our 10-week contest, Cashen’s good fortune continued. He was lucky enough to nab our Grand Prize after having his name selected in a drawing of all 10 weekly winners.“I hunted this deer several times during archery season, using HuntStand to make sure I had the right wind to hunt my tripod stand,” Cashen wrote. “I saw this buck on three out of the four bowhunts, but he never came in range for a good shot, and I eventually closed the deal Nov. 6 during rifle season; I hunt a 112-acre ranch in central Texas.“I’d been tracking this buck for over a year (see fall 2020 and 2021 images above). During my rifle hunt I again used HuntStand to make sure the wind was right for the new stand. I also used HuntStand to plan and set up my hunting area before the season. I had a pond enlarged, and a few acres of trees cleared, using HuntStand to map out and plan all of that. HuntStand is my most-valuable hunting tool, along with my game cameras.”

All 10 weekly BBA winners earned the Covert pack (valued at $59.99) from ALPS OutdoorZ (see above). This unique compact design will take you from deer season to waterfowling and everything in between. It’s ideal for hunters who want to pack light but still carry essential gear. For cold-weather comfort, deploy the pack in front of your torso, and utilize the integrated hand warmer channel between the belt and main compartment. You’ll also find a clear smartphone pocket on the main compartment lid that offers safe storage of your mobile device.

In addition, Cashen takes home our Grand Prize: an ALPS OutdoorZ  Impulse Pack (valued at $199.99; image above). This ultra-quiet design won’t betray your presence when your next trophy is closing in, thanks to ALPS’ new Deadquiet fabric; it features outer fleece with a polyester backing and incorporates a membrane between the two fabrics to help keep out moisture. The zipper-less main compartment allows you to access items quietly and easily; a series of magnets and an aluminum hook secures the top lid when needed. Ideal for ground blinds or treestands, the flat-bottom structure allows the pack to stand up independently. Included are an ambidextrous quiver holder, two deep side pockets, a drop-down pocket to carry your gun or bow, a two-piece adjustable waist belt with pockets, and a hydration pocket with two side ports.

Team HuntStand would like to thank all who submitted entries for this exciting 2021 contest; we couldn’t offer this timely, engaging content without your cooperation. And if you missed our contest entry deadline, know that we always appreciate hearing new HuntStand app Success Stories. Anyone who would like to share their 2021 HuntStand Success Stories and Photos with the extensive HuntStand community is urged to email HuntStand Media Executive Editor Mark Melotik: [email protected] If we publish your Success Story we’ll send you some HuntStand logowear.



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