Tips & Tactics

Blood-stopper for hunters

Blood-stopper for hunters

By Gary Zell

From getting careless with sharp broadheads, to field dressing deer, opening pocketknives, or straddling barbed-wire fences, there are about a million ways for hunters to cut themselves. I bet only a small percentage of hunters carry first aid kits. Even if they do, sometimes the kits do not include something that will stop bleeding quickly. Ther... READ MORE

4WD Safety Tips

4WD Safety Tips

By Nationwide

Because so many Buckmasters members own four-wheel drive vehicles, these tips from a driving school instructor could teach hunters a thing or two about 4WD safety on the main road. "The byproduct of seeing nature off-road is that you gain respect for it," says Bruce Elfstrom, the CEO of Overland Experts, a Connecticut-based off-road driving school... READ MORE

July: Time to Set Stands

July: Time to Set Stands

By Bob Humphrey & Yamaha Outdoors

It’s July during some of the longest and hottest days of the year. Deer season, in most cases, is still months away. What better time to set your stands? It might sound a bit crazy, but right now is actually a great time to get some of your larger treestands in for the coming season. First and most importantly, whatever distur... READ MORE

Extra Water Bottles

Extra Water Bottles

By Bob Buckalew

It might make my backpack weigh a little more, but I have always liked to carry extra bottles of water with me while hunting and scouting. Of course, the main reason is to have something to drink and stay hydrated, but there are also other uses for the bottled water and empties. After field dressing a deer, an extra bottle or two is handy for was... READ MORE

Rock Climber’s Tips for Hunters - Part II

Rock Climber’s Tips for Hunters - Part II

By Tim H. Martin

Last week, I shared a tree-climbing tip I learned from my days of training as a rock climber. This tip dealt with the standard rock climber’s rule of always keeping handholds above your head at ALL times during a climb. It’s also one of the safest things deer hunters can do when climbing in and out of our treestands. Another valuable ti... READ MORE

Rock Climber’s Tips for Hunters - Part I

Rock Climber’s Tips for Hunters - Part I

By Tim H. Martin

Back in my younger days, during the off-season from chasing whitetails, I spent some time scaling rock walls, mountain climbing and rappelling off mountainsides for fun. It was also a great way to stay in shape for all the tree climbing I'd be doing during deer season. In my training classes, I learned valuable rock climbing safety tips that I was ... READ MORE

Poor Man’s Rangefinder

Poor Man’s Rangefinder

By Shane Harper

As a father of four, finding time to hunt, let alone the money, can be quite difficult at times. Although the kids will eventually be old enough to stay at home on their own, the expense of hunting will never get easier. I don't let the cost of hunting discourage me from enjoying my passion for bowhunting.  Still, it's hard not to be envious o... READ MORE

Zipper Fixer Upper

Zipper Fixer Upper

By Dr. Michael Fluitt

Have you ever had a cold weather jumpsuit, an article of hunting clothing or a piece of equipment that had to be thrown out because of the poor quality of the zipper? These days many of the zippers imported from China and won't last long. Even a tumble or two in the washer and dryer can damage them and they won't zip properly. Recently, the zippe... READ MORE

Sometimes it's the bow.

Sometimes it's the bow.

By Tim H. Martin

Sometimes it's the Indian. When I first started working for Buckmasters in 1997, it didn't take long to realize I was going to learn a lot from the people around me. One of the first really great tips I picked up was from former Buckmasters editor Russell Thornberry. He basically overhauled my bow form and taught me how to reduce torque and prevent... READ MORE

Cheap Camo Face Paint

Cheap Camo Face Paint

By Jason Lamark

I'm a frugal guy and will find ways to cut corners any way I can when it comes to hunting supplies. One great tip I'd like to share is that makeup is makeup, whether it's marketed as camouflage face paint for hunters or as standard women's facial makeup. If your wife, girlfriend or sister buys as much new makeup as my wife, it's frustrating to se... READ MORE

Choose Kids' Mentors Wisely!

Choose Kids' Mentors Wisely!

By Brian Hicks

My tip is for hunters to surround themselves with good people. Choose friends who challenge you to be an ethical hunter, a better sportsman, as well as people who give back to hunting so our great sport will be there for future generations. Editor’s Note: Brian’s tip might seem a bit simplistic, but there’s more to his notion I&rs... READ MORE

Rake Away the Crunchables

Rake Away the Crunchables

By Danny Rasnake

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, it can be virtually impossible to approach your treestand quietly because of leaves, sticks and other crunchables. My ti... READ MORE

Keep a Success Kit!

Keep a Success Kit!

By Leslie Proctor

Hunters spend countless hours, thousands of dollars and endless effort packing gear for scouting, climbing, shooting and hunting. We also work hard to pack proper clothing, cameras, optics, archery, firearm equipment, climbing gear, calls and more hunting gadgets than we can name. One thing we often overlook is packing things we need when we are ac... READ MORE

Off Season Hunting Tips

Off Season Hunting Tips

By Russ Whalen

Just because the season ends doesn’t mean you have to give up hunting. Well, with a weapon anyway. For many reasons, I like to try to spend as much time as possible in my hunting stand during the off season. There is less hunting pressure then, so deer will be less skittish, and you can observe them acting more like themselves when the guns... READ MORE

When Hunters Share Land

When Hunters Share Land

By Maureen Janson

When hunters share a piece of property, I've found one of the main conflicts to be messing up each other's hunts when going to and from their stands. If you are a landowner and allow more than one hunter or hunting parties to hunt your place, here are a few ground rules I've come up with that hunters must abide by in order to keep everyone safe, a... READ MORE

Easy Casings Cleanup

Easy Casings Cleanup

By Grayson Albers

I much prefer target practice on a friend’s property rather than paying to use a private range or waiting my turn at a public range. My friends are kind enough to allow me to practice on their place, and appreciate me not leaving garbage or brass behind. Cleanup is easy enough to do with trash, but it’s often difficult to find all the ... READ MORE

Glow Stick Trail Marker

Glow Stick Trail Marker

By Chris Swanson

When trailing a deer after the sun goes down, it’s often very difficult to keep up with a blood trail using only a flashlight or lantern. I have found a simple kid’s product can make trail marking much easier after dark: Glow Sticks. When you first find blood and it’s nearing dark, activate the Glow Stick, then carefully cut it ... READ MORE

Body Language Tells Tales

Body Language Tells Tales

By Tim H. Martin

When a deer approaches a treestand or steps onto a food plot, the inexperienced hunter's instinct is to shoot it before it gets away, even if it's not a trophy buck. There's nothing wrong with that if the only goal is to fill a tag and head to the processor, but it robs beginners of an important learning experience that will serve them well later ... READ MORE

Do-It-Yourself Swivel Stool

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. Seat Items: 5 gallon bucket with handle Jon Boat seat Swivel base (the square kind that will fit flat against bucket) Tools: Pencil or marker Drill and drill bit (likely 1/4") Bolts, washers... READ MORE

Buck Fever Buster

Buck Fever Buster

By Billy Pryor

Whenever a hunter first sees a deer, whether it's a 200-inch buck or a doe, the body's natural reaction is for adrenaline to kick in. The heart begins to pound and buck fever begins its assault on our nerves. If you are an experienced hunter, you know exactly what I'm talking about. As a longtime bowhunter, I have a surefire method of training tha... READ MORE

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