Tips & Tactics

Lost in the Wild — Safety Gear

Lost in the Wild — Safety Gear

By David Hoogendorn

I am retired from the U.S. Army, and safety has been beaten into my head since I was a private. This discipline has carried over from my military career and into my life as a civilian who hunts. Because I hunt in a vast, 5,000-acre area, getting lost could be a very real and very life-threatening proposition. I take special precautions not to get ... READ MORE

Cool Camp Fridge

Cool Camp Fridge

By David Widby

Have you ever been on a hunting, fishing or camping trip and wished you had a small refrigerator? I know an iceless way to keep your cool things cool in camp. There are a couple of caveats, however. First, you’ll need a nearby body of water, like a lake or stream (preferably a stream). Secondly, it doesn’t work well if it’s blazi... READ MORE

Mind Your Muzzle!

Mind Your Muzzle!

By Tim H. Martin

How to take safe grin-and-grin photos: Each year, Buckmasters' editors receive photos of hunters with their trophies. Many are unusable because the firearm has been propped on the animal's side with the gun muzzle pointed back toward the hunter. Even if the gun is unloaded, no one is behind the trigger and the bolt is open, there's a strong likel... READ MORE

Don’t Forget the TP!

Don’t Forget the TP!

By Bryan Christensen

Other than for having it on hand when nature calls, toilet paper can serve another important purpose for hunters. I use TP for blood trailing, too, and keep some in my backpack. When tracking a wounded deer, mark the blood trail every so often by leaving a piece of toilet paper in the brush along the trail. This will help you find the trail if you ... READ MORE

Wind Indicator Refill Substitute

Wind Indicator Refill Substitute

By Brady Howe

I use a powder-filled puffer bottle to check the wind direction while I'm hunting. It's easy to go through a lot of powder in a short amount of time, and the refills can be very expensive. Powder substitutes like baking soda and cornstarch either clump easily or are too heavy to hang in the air for long periods of time, so I did some research and ... READ MORE

Designated Treestand Days

Designated Treestand Days

By Tim H. Martin

For Safety, Fun and Fellowship Treestands are expensive, yet all-too-often neglected pieces of hunting equipment. Hunters who leave portable stands attached to trees year round are asking for trouble. The same goes for those (myself included) who don’t always inspect permanent stands before Opening Day. This can be costly and sometimes dang... READ MORE

Hear Like a Deer Hears

Hear Like a Deer Hears

By Andrew Marley

Although I consider myself a novice outdoorsman, I’d like to share a tip for stalking given to me by a hunting buddy who has taught me a lot. When I walk to my stand, stalk or still hunt, I like to wear my Walker’s Game Ear headphones. Although originally developed as a hearing protection device, I’ve found the headphones also wo... READ MORE

Longer-Lasting Trail Markers

Longer-Lasting Trail Markers

By Albert Canady

My tip is a tree-friendly and longer-lasting way to mark the trials leading to and from your treestands. To begin, I like to use a quality electrical tape. I fold long strips around the limbs of trees along my trail, allowing several inches of the tape to hang from either side of the limb. Then I press the adhesive sides of the tape together to fo... READ MORE

Set Up for Muddy Boots

Set Up for Muddy Boots

By Tim H. Martin

In sections of my home state of Alabama, we have a supernaturally sticky type of mud that gives deer hunters fits. The evil gray stuff is not-so-affectionately known as gumbo. Found mostly in the Black Belt region, gumbo cakes up on the bottom of our boots to the point it often takes five minutes per boot to remove it with a stick. What a waste o... READ MORE

Treestand Noise Dampener

Treestand Noise Dampener

By Thomas R. Kelley

Most of the time, I hunt from a ladder stand. They are awesome once you've settled in, but have a bad reputation for being noisy while you ascend and descend. Even if I take my time climbing and am careful to be quiet on the way up, gear will often bang against the sides of the ladder, and the legs will sometimes creak. Another noise factor is wh... READ MORE

Hunting Food Plots

Hunting Food Plots

By Bob Humphrey & Yamaha Outdoors

Harvest time is here. The work is done and it’s time to reap the benefits of your labor. These tips will help you be more effective at hunting your food plots. 1) Afternoons Are Better It’s usually better to hunt food plots in the afternoon. That way you can get in early and set up before the deer start moving. Going in... 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

Pull Those Stands!

Pull Those Stands!

By Joe Palermo

Have you ever been walking through the woods and found a treestand wedged so tightly into a tree that the hunter could not remove it, therefore it had to be left behind? Over the course of one season and the next summer, some trees can grow enough to trap a treestand. Not pulling your stands can be expensive! Expanding trees have the ability to b... READ MORE

Inexpensive Snow Suit

Inexpensive Snow Suit

By David Garnetti

I live in Washington state where there's a 100 percent chance it will snow during the late season. My tip should help hunters in other states when it snows, even those who hunt in the Deep South because snowstorms sometimes stray into Alabama, Texas and Louisiana. I've learned to use white painter's suits instead of snow camouflage for a number o... READ MORE

Field Test Before D-Day

Field Test Before D-Day

By Brion Whitten and Tim H. Martin

Whether you are a bowhunter or gunhunter, make sure to wear the same clothes and use the same gear you will be hunting with. This will prevent problems before the moment of truth arrives. — Brion Whitten Editor’s Note, by Tim H. Martin: When I think of grand mistakes caused by not practicing with the same gear used in an actual event, ... READ MORE

Avoid the Half Moon Club (Scope Cuts)

Avoid the Half Moon Club (Scope Cuts)

By Tim H. Martin

Have you ever noticed how many hunters — even famous ones — have a little scar on one eyebrow or across the bridge of the nose? That's the telltale sign they've been cut by a riflescope. Whether you call it a scope ding, joining the Half Moon Club or, as they say in South Africa, a Bushveld tattoo, scope cuts are avoidable if hunters l... READ MORE

Natural Wind Detector

Natural Wind Detector

By Rick Dunker

My favorite wind detection device is simple, readily available and occurs naturally. In the late summer, I will go to the field and pick a couple of pods from a milkweed plant. I do this just as the pods are about to open and the seeds are fully formed. From the pod, I remove the white, fuzzy, feather-like fibers and pick off the seeds. (Milkwee... READ MORE

The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

By J. Everett Moore Jr.

With the average age of hunters being in the mid-40s, many of us are at the point in our lives when it pays to be aware of potential medical complications that can begin to creep in during midlife. Most everyone knows of the increased risk of heart disease, colon or breast cancer or even stroke. Other than purchasing a cheap set of reading glasses,... READ MORE

Curiosity Killed the Buck

Curiosity Killed the Buck

By Mike Smith

In my home state of Missouri, it is currently illegal to use bait for hunting deer or wild turkey. But I’ve figured out another way to attract them that’s perfectly legal, and it will work anywhere. I use an ordinary garden rake to take advantage of the curious nature of deer and turkeys. I rake the ground about 15 to 20 yards from wh... 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

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