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
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
Cheap Cleanup Tips
By Justin Miller
Deer hunters often need water for cleanup after field dressing a deer, but have to figure out what to do if there isn’t a convenient water source nearby.
Like most hunters, I carry a little drinking water, but nothing more since all my gear and gadgets take up precious backpack space.
I’ve found a great free item to keep in my pack a... READ MORE
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
Winter Preparedness for Hunters
Here are some tips for helping outdoorsmen and women stay safe during a nasty stretch of winter weather: Avoid overexertion when dragging out a deer or shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack — a major cause of death in the winter. Stretch well before attempting strenuous activities or climbing treestands. Do not attempt to c... READ MORE
Revealing Old Serial Numbers
By Gene Jones
If you are having trouble reading serial numbers on an old gun, knife or anything stamped in metal, simply take a lead pencil and lightly rub it over the numbers. The graphite will make them stand out much better, at least well enough for you to read them.
Photo: Buckmasters Tip Editor, Tim H. Martin, tested this tip on an old shotgun handed down ... READ MORE
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
Game Wardens Can Help
By Ken Piper
State game and conservation officers often get a bum rap since part of their job is enforcing laws, but most of them are open to sharing information with considerate hunters. If you’re planning to hunt on public land, call your local game authority and ask to talk to the officer who covers the given area. Ask him or her about good places to h... READ MORE
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
Super Close Doesn’t Mean Slam Dunk
By Dwayne Barrow and Tim H. Martin
One of the most deceptive yet effective shots in whitetail hunting is when the deer is standing directly beneath or within a few yards of your elevated treestand. This shot scenario often happens in early bow season when there’s still a lot of foliage remaining in the trees and the hunter cannot get a clear shot at the animal until it’s... READ MORE
Turkey Calling — for Deer?
By Matt Maurice
Do you hunt in areas where deer get a lot of pressure from hunters? If so, I have a tip for you that’s pure poison on spooky deer.
You might think my tip is crazy, so first I’ll let you know I’m a veteran hunter with more than 35 years experience and more than 42 bucks to date — triple that number for does.
Years ago, as I... READ MORE
Pausing Hand Warmers
By Kevin Sundholm
Photo: Michigan deer hunter and tip contributor Kevin Sundholm shares his trick for getting more life out of hand warmers. Most hunters have used hand warmers at one time or another. I’m talking about the air-activated type in a little bag, not the metal kind that requires the burning of fuel. The typical scenario goes something like this: T... READ MORE
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
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
Emergency Fire Starters
By Tim H. Martin, Travis Wilson & Charles Ward
Lighter Knots (Pine Hearts) – By Tim H. Martin Recently, I watched a reality TV show where a man and woman were attempting to survive 21 days in the wilds of south Alabama. The location was just a few miles from my old hunting lease. I was dumbfounded when the couple struggled to make fire with a steel and scraper-style fire starter. Fo... READ MORE