Tips & Tactics

Rack’s Pattern for GIANT KILLERS

Rack’s Pattern for GIANT KILLERS

By Tim H. Martin | Buckmasters Tip Editor

Photo: Rack Magazine producers have observed a noticeable spike in the use of trail cams in story submissions. I’d like to share an important observation about hunting gear made by Rack Magazine Editor Mike Handley and myself. Since I serve as Rack’s art director as well as the editor of Buckmasters Tip of the Week, I thought it only fi... READ MORE

The Mock Intruder Trick

The Mock Intruder Trick

By Ed Rogers

Every hunter has his or her own method of convincing big bucks to come to their stand. Here is my favorite method of luring them in. Whenever I take a buck, I remove the tarsal glands. These are the dark, smelly patches of fur located inside the big bend of each hind leg. Some hunters call them hock glands. I scrape off any meat tissue, rub a littl... READ MORE

Beat the Bootstrap Blues

Beat the Bootstrap Blues

By Frank Carieri

I wasn’t sure my tip was worth sharing, but decided to send it to help other Buckmasters fans who are getting on in years, or are a little on the heavy side. Using a climbing stand is my favorite way to hunt whitetails. But, at age 52, I’ve had four back surgeries and a quadruple bypass. I’ve also added a couple inches to my waist... 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

Setup Checklist

Setup Checklist

By Tim H. Martin

The Devil’s in the Details! First time hunters often make small mistakes that lead to big failures. That’s all part of gaining experience and learning how to hunt. When I first started bowhunting, I will never forget watching a doe approach at first light, drawing my bow, then having to let down when she stepped behind a hedge.  ... READ MORE

No. 1 Tip for No. 2

No. 1 Tip for No. 2

By Joseph Bellapianta

Although we don't often see the subject of going to the bathroom in the woods as a topic for hunting magazines, TV shows or websites, it's still an issue every hunter must face from time to time. After our baby was born, I learned there is something better than toilet paper of paper towels to use in the woods when it's time to face the dreaded num... READ MORE

Scent-soaked Sock Secret

Scent-soaked Sock Secret

By Armand Tetreault

Photo: Armand Tetreault wasn’t afraid to try an unusual tactic. In only four years, it has helped him put 13 deer in the freezer, including this Rhode Island buck. I am 54 years old and fairly new to the sport of whitetail hunting. Since my hunting career hasn’t been all that long, many hunters might assume I wouldn’t have much to... READ MORE

Ladder Lover’s Leg Tip

Ladder Lover’s Leg Tip

By John Waldron

I’m a big fan of hunting from metal ladder stands, and I bet a lot of other Buckmasters fans are as well. There are a lot of advantages to these fixed position stands. The deer get used to them quickly, they are easily accessible, and ladders are probably the quietest of all types of treestands when it comes to climbing up and down and gettin... READ MORE

Doe-in-rut Lures Year-round? You Bet!

Doe-in-rut Lures Year-round? You Bet!

By Mike Beal

Photo: Whether the leaves are green, turning colors, or there is snow on the ground, doe-in-rut (estrous) lures attract bucks year-round. I've been bowhunting deer for 30 years, and I’ve heard many hunters argue that using deer scents out of season, particularly when there’s no rut, is a waste of time. After several experiences I’... READ MORE

Pressured Bucks? Try 10 ‘til 2!

Pressured Bucks? Try 10 ‘til 2!

By Kyle Albrecht

I’ve kept my key to public land success a secret for some time now, but am glad to share with fellow Buckmasters fans. I like to bowhunt Missouri’s public hunting grounds from mid-September through mid-January, which is a long archery season. This is permissible in Missouri because a compound bow is considered a legal weapon during all... READ MORE

Feather & Floss Wind Indicator

Feather & Floss Wind Indicator

By Christine Miller

Bird hunters, save the downy feathers from your pheasants, doves, quail and grouse for a foolproof feather wind indicator. I like to attach a feather to an 8 to 12 inch length of dental floss, then tie the other end to my gun barrel and let the feather swing freely. Simply ease your barrel out and away from your treestand and let the feather catc... 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

Aim Small, Miss Small

Aim Small, Miss Small

By Tim H. Martin

Photo: The aim small, miss small philosophy helped Buckmasters’ Ken Piper take this Illinois dream buck — and countless others — with a single arrow. When Buckmasters Executive Editor Ken Piper first started working with me nearly two decades ago, we shot our bows nearly every afternoon on a little range outside the office. At fi... READ MORE

Nature’s Alert Systems

Nature’s Alert Systems

By Matthew Weiser and Tim H. Martin

Part I: Pay Attention to Blue Jays: When hunting, if you hear blue jays making a ruckus, there might be some deer coming your way. So, pay attention to the direction of their noises. — By Matthew Weiser Part II: More on Nature’s Alarms: Experienced hunters pay attention to local animal behavior to predict the approach of whitetails as w... READ MORE

Nighttime Trail Keeper

Nighttime Trail Keeper

By Glenn Russell

Photo: Marking blood trails with fisherman’s glow stick capsules can help you find your deer in the dark. Recently, I read a Buckmasters Tip of the Week titled Illuminated Nock Trick. It described using the illuminated nocks on your arrows to keep your bearings while tracking a wounded deer. The glowing nocks are easy to see at night and allo... READ MORE

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