Tips & Tactics

Wooden Stands . . . Just Don’t

Wooden Stands . . . Just Don’t

By Ray Thiel

Photo: With so many safe and affordable modern stands on the market, avoiding homemade stands is sound advice. Recently, I read Gary LaLone’s Buckmasters Tip of the Week, which recommended using play sand to increase traction on slippery treestands, especially those constructed of wood. He describes a scary incident in which he nearly lost hi... READ MORE

A Cameraman’s Advice for Learning Deer Calls

A Cameraman’s Advice for Learning Deer Calls

By Mark Oliver | Buckmasters TV Staff

Build your confidence by calling lightly at first. In time, you’ll learn when to REALLY go at it! I think a lot of new hunters are intimidated by the use of deer calls. Seems we get bombarded with advice from hunting shows and magazine articles to the point that we don't even know where to begin. It sure used to overwhelm me. It wasn't until ... READ MORE

Slick Broadhead and Field Tip Trick

Slick Broadhead and Field Tip Trick

By Martin Garthaffner

Considering I started my bowhunting career 53 years ago with crude wooden arrows and a primitive longbow, I view modern archery and bowhunting as an entirely different world now. The changes are remarkable! However, one thing that has not changed is that bowhunters still lose a precious arrow occasionally.  Whether it’s a stray one (or ... READ MORE

Longbeard Mementos Done Right

Longbeard Mementos Done Right

By Dave Graber

After you have been turkey hunting for a while, you’ll accumulate a lot of birds, as well as lots of memories and gobbler souvenirs. I’ve taken 88 longbeards so far, and hope to reach 100 before I go to that big bird paradise in the sky. Whether it’s a full-body mount, a turkey tail preserved in a fan, a spur necklace or beard col... READ MORE

Illuminated Nock Trick

Illuminated Nock Trick

By Susan and Rob Hagan

To my fellow Buckmasters fans, I’d like to pass on a useful tip for utilizing illuminated arrow nocks in a way you might not have thought of. A few years ago, my husband and I came up with this idea while tracking a doe in the pitch-black darkness.  After my husband arrowed the doe, it ran down into a large gully. The deer gained a lot... READ MORE

Socked-and-Loaded Scent Spinner

Socked-and-Loaded Scent Spinner

By Vince Huett

I’m a big fan of scent dispersal canisters or foggers and the way they distribute deer lures into the area, especially while I’m set up in my treestand. Dripper-type scent systems and the kind you spray or pour onto the ground work great in certain situations, and are especially well suited for attracting and keeping bucks in your area ... READ MORE

Slick Condition Traction Trick

Slick Condition Traction Trick

By Gary LaLone

Photo: Play sand is odorless and so fine it won’t crunch under your feet. My tip originates from a scary incident that happened several years ago. It was the opening day of Ohio’s firearm season, and I was excited to get set up in my treestand, a hand-built permanent stand made of wood. When I climbed aboard, I suddenly discovered the f... READ MORE

Turn Thick Spots into Hot Spots

Turn Thick Spots into Hot Spots

By Frank Glass

Hunting where visibility is limited can be challenging. I live in Alabama where thick timber, pine groves, briars, brambles and dense undergrowth are the norm. No hunter has confidence watching a spot where they can’t see very far. But I’ve learned there are ways to use dense areas to my advantage. In the Deep South, I’ve seen hun... READ MORE

Beat Bucks with Focus and Attitude

Beat Bucks with Focus and Attitude

By Louis Roberts

When I was a fledgling whitetail hunter, my father gave me a few wise words that have encouraged me throughout the years. He said, “Son, if you want to be more successful than other hunters, remember these things: “First, always be optimistic; your attitude will directly affect your success. “Secondly, stay in the stand longer ... READ MORE

Two Unique Scent Tricks

Two Unique Scent Tricks

By Jimmy Bennett

Heated Scent Pads: This first trick enables me to use my ThermaCELL for something other than repelling mosquitoes. It gets an additional function out my device, as well as utilizes old ThermaCELL pads. I like to pour a little buck lure on a used pad, turn on my ThermaCELL and hang it about 20 yards upwind from my stand, about 4 feet above the grou... READ MORE

Trail Cam Hang ’em High Setup

Trail Cam Hang ’em High Setup

By Heath Tinker

With all the new scouting camera technology today, you’d think all the angles would’ve been explored by now. But a couple of years ago, someone gave me a great tip that has produced the best trail cam pictures I’ve ever gotten, even on public land! In my early years of hunting, I was blessed with places to hunt on private land, li... READ MORE

How’d My Powder Get Wet?

How’d My Powder Get Wet?

By Glen Manning Jr.

When it comes to deer hunting, some things we simply learn the hard way. Even though I’ve spent years reading as much as I possibly can to learn about this wonderful sport, I’ve made many mistakes this past decade, and still do. Unfortunately, this was the case with learning about barrel sweat. Yes, guns can sweat! The results can be di... READ MORE

Create a Realistic Rattling Sequence

Create a Realistic Rattling Sequence

By Russ Siler

Here’s my tip for making a rattling sequence sound more realistic to any buck within listening distance of your setup. I’m amazed at a deer’s ability to pinpoint exactly where a sound is coming from. From what I’ve observed, they can figure out the source to within a few feet, even when the sounds are above ground, and even ... READ MORE

Best to Bomb That Blind

Best to Bomb That Blind

By Jamie Terrell

The first time you hunt from a deer stand could be one of the most dangerous. This is especially true in early season. As many hunters have experienced, wasps, hornets and wild bees find box blinds and shooting houses to be perfect places to build their nests over the summer months. Getting stung while climbing a ladder is a scary scenario. Some pe... READ MORE

The Grunt Effect

The Grunt Effect

By Jeff Hayes

It seems like no matter how quietly hunters try to get set up in our stands, we always make at least a little unwanted noise in the process. Between walking on dry leaves, breaking sticks, huffing, puffing, shaking limbs as we scale trees, and the dinging of metal on metal, it’s impossible not to make some sort of racket. And it doesn’t... READ MORE

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