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Film Your Own Hunts
Catching movement out of the corner of my eye, I turned to see the mature 10-pointer trotting my way. I hit record and shifted the camera to center the oncoming buck. Steadily following his approach, I got in position for the impending shot. With the buck stopped behind a tree, I shifted the camera two steps forward and attached the release to my string loop. When he moved, I came to full draw. The deer’s step brought him into the frame, and I sent the arrow slicing through his vitals. A donkey kick and a streak of brown later, all that was left was to shoot the filler footage and document the hero shot. Today, many hunters dream of becoming the next Jackie Bushman. Nowadays, it’s hard to enter camp without meeting someone who is either intent on selling his footage to a show or has grand plans of beginning his own. Unfortunately, few newcomers understand how to set themselves up for success. Tragically, the end result is often wasted money and shattered dreams. Attemp... More

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The wind picked up, and the early December sky turned ash gray. From the steep lee side of my mountain treestand, I could only imagine what it was like on the western side. Mounting gusts let me know that a snow squall would soon arrive. The air wasn’t the ...
 

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Ken Piper / Buckmasters Editor

Ken Piper

Buckmasters editor Ken Piper grew up hunting whitetails with his father, uncles and cousins on public land in Blair County, Pennsylvania. He earned a journalism degree from Penn State in 1987 and joined the Buckmasters team in 2000. "Thanks to Buckmasters, I’ve hunted some of the best places in the country, but I’ll never forget that public-land, blue-collar hunters are the heart of our sport," he says. "Hopefully we can all remember the simple joy of taking any deer and spending time with friends and family. That’s what I strive for in the pages of Buckmasters."

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