Tips & Tactics

Gut Shot Prevention

Gut Shot Prevention

By Lorelei Menist

I believe one of the most common fundamental errors made by hunters is shooting at moving animals. Whether hunting with guns or archery gear, knowing how and when to properly stop a whitetail will help you make a lethal shot and save a lot of long blood trails. Better shot placement starts with learning to be patient when a deer appears, and resist... READ MORE

Clear a Path to Success!

Clear a Path to Success!

By Danny Rasnake

Photo: Small things lead to successful deer hunting. Raking a path to your stand could help put venison in your freezer. One of the most important aspects of deer hunting is getting to and from our treestands quietly. Without silent entries and exits, deer are alerted to our presence, which decreases our odds of success. Once leaves start to fall,... READ MORE

Reverse Trail Blazing II

Reverse Trail Blazing II

By Jon Harris and Tim H. Martin

My tip expounds on a stand location trick by Tim H. Martin on how to come and go like a ghost (see Reverse Trail Blazing I, below). For years, I’ve used a method similar to what Tim described, but I’ve added a twist. In reverse trail blazing, deer definitely use the easy-to-follow main trail and often, they make it all the way to the ba... READ MORE

2-D Man Decoys

2-D Man Decoys

By Jack Baker

As an avid bowhunter, I'll use every trick in the book, no matter how crazy, to fool a deer's senses. This particular tip will help deceive their eyes. How many times has a deer approached your stand only to suddenly notice you because it wasn't used to seeing a bulky shape there before? Boom - you're busted! When hunting from treestands —... READ MORE

Back in Black

Back in Black

By Tim H. Martin

Black clothing can stand out nearly as much as white in the forest during daylight hours, but there is a place for black in the hunting world. I first learned the downside of wearing black in 2005, while bowhunting in Illinois. I'd accidentally left my camo hat in camp and had to use the only headgear I had in my backpack, a solid black fleece bea... READ MORE

Don’t Fear the Grunt Tube

Don’t Fear the Grunt Tube

By Billy Wright

This season, I realized something about grunt tubes I’d like to share with Buckmasters fans. Sometimes bucks will not respond to one type of grunt, but another will bring them right in. This discovery came with a 9 1/2-year-old buck I took during the second weekend of Oklahoma’s 2017 rifle season. We only have a two-week rifle season, s... READ MORE

Binos & Camera Telephoto Trick

Binos & Camera Telephoto Trick

By Tim H. Martin

Photo: A sheep hunter’s tip for taking long-range photos helped Tim H. Martin photograph this wide 10-pointer from a distance. While muzzleloader hunting in Ohio in 2010, I watched an extremely wide 10-pointer bedding down in the rain. It plopped down about 70 yards behind and to the side of my ground blind, well outside of my shooting lane. ... READ MORE

The ‘Belly Up’ Kit

The ‘Belly Up’ Kit

By Dave Zilai

Photo: Buckmasters Life Member Dave Zilai invented a simple kit that makes it easier to field dress deer alone. His buddy, who lost the use of an arm due to polio, inspired Dave’s device. — Editor’s Note by Tim H. Martin This tip is actually an invention. Buckmasters Life Member Dave Zilai of Lowell, Indiana sent it to us, along w... READ MORE

“Guinea Pigs” for Trophy Bucks

“Guinea Pigs” for Trophy Bucks

By Melody Jackson

When it comes to holding out for mature bucks, one thing I believe many hunters lack is patience — especially when other deer are on the field. It’s very tempting to quickly add venison to the freezer when fat does and bucks with marginal racks appear. I have learned the older, smarter bucks are lurking back in the shadows, sometimes f... READ MORE

Keys to Pre-season Trail Cam Recon

Keys to Pre-season Trail Cam Recon

By Jack Baker

God created a variety of food sources that sustain wildlife throughout the year. To take advantage and intercept deer with your trail cameras, you’ll need to figure out the growing schedule in your area. Here in Georgia, I begin setting out my trail cams the last week of June. This is because wild cherries are starting to drop. Bucks LOVE wil... READ MORE

Party Item Scope Cover

Party Item Scope Cover

By John P. Mason

When hunting season winds down, I get busy cleaning my gear, packing up my camouflage and giving my hunting vehicle a wash after months in the mud. One of the most important things I do is clean, oil and store all my firearms for storage until next hunting season. If you are like most hunters, several of your guns are topped with scopes. And if you... READ MORE

Take a Nap; Kill a Turkey

Take a Nap; Kill a Turkey

By Steve Hickoff

Turkey seasons are in full swing this month in places like the Deep South and even Hawaii. Chances are you’ll encounter some henned-up birds in the process — ones that could care less about your calls. Despite your winter-weary enthusiasm now to hunt spring gobblers, it might be time to scale back a notch or two. Relax. Take a nap in th... READ MORE

The School of Loose Nocks

The School of Loose Nocks

By Scott Stricker

Last season, I learned a valuable lesson about not paying attention to nock tightness, and what can happen if you don’t re-snap your arrow to the string after drawing your bow. It might seem like small detail, but it could have big consequences. Here’s how a nock that lost its gripping power caused me to miss the buck of a lifetime as w... READ MORE

Woodburning Tool Fix-it Tip

Woodburning Tool Fix-it Tip

By Roger Hanneman

Photo: Buckmasters Life Member Roger Hanneman shares a fix-it tip he used to repair the broken foot on his decoy. The longtime hunter from Nebraska poses here with a nice buck he took with his bow. My tip is a little different than most Buckmasters Tips of the Week, but I think it will be very useful to hunters for a multitude of fix-it purposes. W... READ MORE

Wet Weather Gun Barrel Tip

Wet Weather Gun Barrel Tip

By Tony Graves

When I'm out on a muzzleloader hunt, I always take a small piece of electric tape and place the tape over the end of my gun barrel. This is really an advantage on rainy days and on mornings when heavy dew is falling. The tape keeps moisture out of the barrel which could lead to problems with the primer igniting my powder pellets. But I also use ... READ MORE

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