Scent Surroundings & Odor Killing
By David Cruson
Photo: Matching cover scents to the areas you are hunting is as important as using topical odor killing sprays. At a time when companies are dedicated to putting the best possible cover scents on the market, I’ve found many deer hunters are buying products that don’t even apply to their hunting areas. This makes no sense to me. If a hu... READ MORE
By Chuck Burklund
Backstraps and tenderloins are popular cuts of deer meat, but I never hear anyone talking about my favorite piece of the deer, venison flat iron steak.
That's probably because it's not the easiest cut to find and separate out. It's found on the top of the shoulder blade and is a distinctive muscle group.
The flat iron steaks are about 6 to 9 inch... READ MORE
Whistle While You . . . Hunt?
By Oren Haney
I’d like to share a tip with Buckmasters readers that my dad taught me decades ago when I was only 10 years old. It happened when my father came to me and said he wanted me to go into the woods and collect some meat for the dinner table. Dad told me to take my .22 and try to get a rabbit or two. I had never stalked for rabbits with anything o... READ MORE
Using Ethanol-free Gas? Maybe . . . Maybe Not!
By Wayne Edgerton
Photo: If the gas pump you’re using has a single hose for a multitude of grades, you could be putting ethanol into your small engines. I recently read your Tip of the Week about off-season ATV and small engine care by Buckmasters Editor Ken Piper. This was a fantastic tip every hunter and ATV owner should read because we all use gas-powered A... READ MORE
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
Shoot-Tuning Crossbow Arrows for Greater Field Accuracy
By Bryan Zabitski, Marketing Coordinator, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies
When you purchase a new six-pack of arrows, how do you determine which of the arrows you will use for hunting? While manufacturers take great care in building arrows as consistently as possible, small variations from one arrow to the next may have a large impact on whether the arrows will group with each other. If you really wish to shoot as accura... READ MORE
Build Whitetails’ Tolerance for ATVs
By Al Zwick
One characteristic I’ve noticed among white-tailed deer is, when given proper conditioning, they will develop a comfort level with ATVs, farm machinery and motorized vehicles. Knowing this trait has helped make my life easier, and I use it to gain an edge when hunting season rolls around. Through conditioning, I’m now able to drive dir... READ MORE
When Jays are Squawking . . .
By Donald Spotts
One of my favorite tips is something I suppose many hunters think about, but rarely talk about. Next time you hear blue jays making a fuss, remember this phrase: “When jays are squawking, something’s walking.” Blue jays consider deer to be intruders, and they often follow them just like they will a cat or other predator. Their ru... READ MORE
Do-It-Yourself Swivel Stool
By V. Crews
Here’s an easy-to-make and very comfortable hunting seat. It’s lightweight, portable, swivels and is a good height for just about anyone.
5 gallon bucket with handle
Jon Boat seat Swivel base (the square kind that will fit flat against bucket)
Pencil or marker Drill and drill bit (likely 1/4")
Bolts, washers... READ MORE
Hunter’s Dry Mouth Tip
By Eric Ericson
Here’s a trick I’ve used for several years, whenever I go hunting, scouting or spend extended time in the outdoors. Because Native Americans used it for centuries before teaching it to settlers, you could say this tip is ancient.
Whenever the Indians went on lengthy hunting excursions or walked a long distance, they would place a small... READ MORE
Step Up to Your Climber
By Tim H. Martin
Here's a dilemma most hunters have dealt with when setting up a climbing stand: You're scouting a new area and finally locate the right tree to give you the perfect vantage point. You can see, shoot and stay upwind, and the way the game trails intersect nearby, you just know this tree is The One to help you ambush a big buck. But there's just one ... READ MORE
Hailing a Taxi (dermist)
By Tim H. Martin
Taxidermy has improved since the days of neck mounted, bug-eyed bucks with ears pointed straight ahead, fading fast and hair falling out in clumps. The subject of preserving your trophy is often overlooked. These tips will allow you to admire your mounts 20, 30, 40 years from now, or longer. Many hunters are not aware of what’s available to ... READ MORE
Avoid Bowhunter’s Surprise
By Jack U. Baker Jr.
Photo: Consider reducing your bow’s poundage when the weather turns cold. Failing to do so could cost you a deer. Bow season starts as early as August in some states, so it’s usually warm when we are practicing.Since it’s easy to draw a bow in warm weather while wearing a T-shirt, we often crank up our compound bows to maximum pou... READ MORE
Itching for a New Hunting Vehicle?
If you are in the market for a new hunting vehicle this summer, here are eight tips that will help when it comes to dealing with salespeople. We’ve all heard about car dealer sales tactics, but once you’re at the dealership, your excitement can get the best of you. According to Forbes and Publiccounsel.org, these are some of the most c... READ MORE
Extend Hand Warmer Life
By Randy Olson
Here in Minnesota, I go through a lot of hand warmers in a deer season, as you might imagine. If you hunt a lot, it can get expensive by the time you use them in your pockets, neck gaiter and boots or underneath your shirt. Over the years, I have discovered a way to get multiple sits out of my hand warmers. It’s really simple! Because the ing... READ MORE