Taming Hoist Rope Coils
By Bryan Lewis
There are several things that annoy me when it comes to cords we use to hoist and lower our bows, backpacks, guns and gear from the treestand. Strings often get tangled and twisted in saplings, noisy leaves, sticks and clutter on the ground, and I’ve never liked the way pull cords flap in the breeze when they are hanging free. Also, once you&... READ MORE
The Disappearing Hunter Trick
By Mark Skiles
This great trick was taught to me well over 50 years ago, but it’s just as effective today. It all started when I was a lad of twelve. I was squirrel hunting with Andrew Ewart, a Pennsylvania Deputy Game Warden. Officer Ewart and I walked through the woods until we came upon a stump in a squirrelly-looking area. He had me sit on the stump and... READ MORE
Set Up Ladder Stands Alone
By Anonymous Tip Submission
Setting up ladder stands by yourself can be a chore, especially if the stand is more than 15 feet tall. The bottom nearly always slides as you attempt to walk the top-heavy ladder up the tree.
The trick is to stake down the bottom rung of the ladder so it won’t slide. I am 71 years old, and have safely used the following method for years.
H... READ MORE
Dental Care for Hunting Dogs
Many hunters and dog owners don't realize just how crucial oral care is for their best friend, or just how deadly dental disease can be. Some simple preventive measures can help extend the life of your hunting dog.
"Dental care is key in maintaining a pet's overall health," says Dr. Cori Gross, a field veterinarian for Veterinary Pet Insurance (VP... READ MORE
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
Don’t Let Your Ladder Sink
By Tim H. Martin & Ryan Noffsinger
In December of 2017, Buckmasters Art Director Ryan Noffsinger had a scary incident while climbing into an old metal ladder stand on his property. Years before Millennium became our trusted sponsor, a member of Ryan’s hunt club had erected an off-brand ladder stand on seemingly firm ground during the dry Alabama summertime. The ladder portion ... READ MORE
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
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
More on the Vanishing Hunter Trick
By Tim H. Martin
Last week we published the “Disappearing Hunter Trick,” a unique time-honored tip submitted by Buckmasters fan Mark Skiles. Basically, when animals hear a hunter coming into their area they wait for the hunter pass by, then they carry on with normal activities. In actuality, there are two hunters, but one dropped off and got into a sta... READ MORE
Nature’s Deer Alarms
By Cecil Adkins
Here’s a tip for Buckmasters fans I use when hunting in thick places such as overgrown fields, dense cutovers, heavy woods and sapling tickets. In places like this it’s often difficult, if not impossible, to monitor all directions for approaching whitetails. You simply cannot see far enough into the thick stuff. But Mother Nature has an... READ MORE
Of Scope Cuts and Inner Voices
By Tim H. Martin
The lone feral boar rooted in the open field 220 yards away. It was completely unaware of my presence as it swished its tail, seemingly taking pleasure in turning my friend’s pasture in to a crater field. With the winds from the remnants of Hurricane Nate swirling at the back of my neck, I knew I needed to shoot now or risk being smelled. Th... READ MORE
By Wesley J. Cagle
One of my personal favorite tips is something I’ve done for a long time, and it really works for tricking a deer’s nose. I’m almost never winded, and have had countless deer walk within feet of me. It’s become a routine now. All I do is take fresh pine needles — preferably from a young tree — and break them ever... READ MORE
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
It’s Deer Hunting, Not Deer Seeing
By Ken Piper
We often preach the importance of checking distances to likely shooting locations after settling in for a hunt. And while double-checking distance is always a good idea, it’s at least as important to have a good idea of general distances before you even set up a stand. Bowhunters frequently set up too close to trails and get busted when tryin... 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