How A Crossbow IS NOT Like A Rifle
By Bryan Zabitski, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies
Photo: Today’s high-performance hunting crossbows, like the TenPoint Nitro XRT pictured here, shoot arrows at high speeds, but still do not “shoot like rifles.” With the rise of a new generation of high performance hunting crossbows, the temptation to compare crossbows to rifles has become almost irresistible. Each year, technolog... 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
Foil the Fawn Killers
By Mike Scott
Photo: Mike Scott tells of a trail camera capturing a coyote bringing 27 fawns into its den within a four-week period! The damage coyotes and bobcats inflict upon fawns and young deer is much higher than most hunters realize. For instance, in my hunting area coyotes kill 17 percent of newborn fawns within the first four weeks of life. Fast-forward ... READ MORE
Still-Hunting, Still Awesome
By Tim Knight
Photo: Still-hunting (stalking) presents a different set of challenges than hunting from a blind or stand. Still, it can be both fun and effective. – Photo Courtesy Luke Noffsinger Still-hunting (stalking) presents a different set of challenges than hunting from a blind or treestand. Still, this age-old method can be both fun and effective, a... READ MORE
Rock Solid in a Pinch
By Tim H. Martin
Photo: The shooting house where Tim H. Martin took this Texas management buck did not come equipped with a sandbag to steady his rifle, so the Buckmasters Tip Editor made one. There's an old shooter's adage that still holds a lot of truth today: "You are only as good as your rest." Today, most shooting houses and ladder-type treestands are equipped... READ MORE
Don’t Fear the Grunt Tube
By Billy Wright
This season, I realized something about grunt tubes I’d like to share with Buckmasters fans. Sometimes bucks will not respond to one type of grunt, but another will bring them right in. This discovery came with a 9 1/2-year-old buck I took during the second weekend of Oklahoma’s 2017 rifle season. We only have a two-week rifle season, s... READ MORE
Rubs Can Show the Way
By Ken Piper
Everyone gets excited about a big, gnarly buck rub. Evidence that a rut-crazed bruiser buck is on the prowl helps us get out of bed at 3:30 a.m., and it keeps us in a stand on cold, boring days without deer sightings. On the other hand, you’ve probably read in Buckmasters magazine that rubs don’t mean a whole lot in terms of scoring on ... READ MORE
Warmers in Extreme Cold
By William Sharp
My tip is a follow up to a 2013 Buckmasters Tip of the Week submitted by bowhunter Stacy Vaccaro.
Stacy explained how she uses disposable hand and toe warmers on her arms and shoulders to keep her muscles loose enough to draw her bow in the extreme cold of Wisconsin.
Buckmasters Tip Editor Tim H. Martin added how he learned to put hand and toe wa... READ MORE
Scouting Is More Than Putting Out a Trail Cam
By Ken Piper
For many of us, scouting is half the fun of hunting – and with good reason. There’s nothing like the feeling of finding concentrated buck sign and trying to picture the buck that made it. But scouting is more than just finding good sign and picking a nearby tree on which to place a stand. Many of us spend a lot of time hunting stands th... READ MORE
The Tarsal Hoarder
By Jackie Bushman (as told to Tim H. Martin)
Photo: Jackie Bushman has tagged countless bucks using a combination of modern scents and a tactic he’s used since childhood. Saving and using tarsal glands might be the oldest trick in my hunting book, but those things still work. Something I’ve been doing since I first started deer hunting — long before scent technology arrived... READ MORE
Aim According To Your Weapon
By Ken Piper
All hunters want to make the quickest, cleanest harvest possible, and that’s why we spend so much time practicing and studying deer anatomy. While learning more about deer is great, there are more things to consider than the location of a buck’s vitals. In short, optimum shot placement changes with the weapon being used. Broadhead-tippe... READ MORE
How’d My Powder Get Wet?
By Glen Manning Jr.
When it comes to deer hunting, some things we simply learn the hard way. Even though I’ve spent years reading as much as I possibly can to learn about this wonderful sport, I’ve made many mistakes this past decade, and still do. Unfortunately, this was the case with learning about barrel sweat. Yes, guns can sweat! The results can be di... 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
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
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