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Encounters
To be a successful bowhunter, I’ve always held on to this theory: The more time you spend in the animal’s environment, the more you’ll learn about the animal, its habitat and even about yourself. This is especially true each time you encounter a whitetail and remain undetected. Encounters with deer are valuable training aids. It’s easy to get caught up in the superficial sight of the approaching buck or its slinking retreat after being busted. However, you should scrutinize such encounters for every detail, attempting to fill the gaps in the data bank. Bowhunting yields the opportunity for close encounters, usually at a slow pace, allowing the hunter to gather data for the learning process. Ask yourself “why” and “how” questions to make sense of an encounter. Why did the deer change directions where it did? Why did it stop to wind check where it did? Why is the deer so alert? How did it react to the snapping twig? How did it react to the calling sequence? Some data will ... More

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Time of the Signs
Four hot scrapes followed a trail along the side of the ridge. Nevertheless, I remained skeptical after climbing into my stand just before dawn. You see, I had been beaten by so called hot scrapes too many times. You know how it works. You come across a fre...
 

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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 ...
 
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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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