Tips & Tactics

Tubular Head-and-Neck Gear

Tubular Head-and-Neck Gear

By Tim H. Martin

Photo: Buff USA’s Polar Buff is one of many tube-style headwear garments available to hunters today. This model, which acts as a head cover and neck gaiter, is actually a one-piece tube. During a Texas pronghorn hunt in 2007, I received severe sun damage to one side of my neck from hours of driving an ATV across the desert. I’d forgotte... READ MORE

Stringless Drag Rag

Stringless Drag Rag

By Torrey Owens

I’m one of those hunters who likes to use drag rags. If you don’t know what a drag rag is, it’s simply a piece of cloth soaked in scent, then attached to the hunter by a string. The rag leaves a scent trail as you walk. But I hate using strings. They snag on everything in your path and create extra noise, especially on dry, windle... READ MORE

Rock Solid in a Pinch

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

Stick a Sock in It!

Stick a Sock in It!

By Ronald Miller

Photo: Montana can be a harsh environment for hunters. Ronald Miller — shown here with a nice 10-pointer — used his resourcefulness and a simple clothing item to stay in the woods after his wife stepped into a frozen creek. Stick a sock in it — your backpack, that is. Or better yet, a pair of socks. You’d be surprised how ma... READ MORE

Target Warmth Better

Target Warmth Better

By Krissy Jean Zimmer

Photo: Krissy Jean Zimmer discovered a way to stay in the stand longer by using a product not meant for hunters. Here she poses with a 202-pound 8-pointer she shot on a cold Georgia day. After reading a Tip of the Week written by William Sharp about using Kinesio Tex or KT Tape to attach hand warmers over your kidneys to stay warmer, I decided to s... READ MORE

Rimfire Roundup Remedy

Rimfire Roundup Remedy

By Bruce King

With squirrel season upon us, and since many Buckmasters fans also hunt small game, here is a simple tip for those of us who hunt with .22s and rimfire rifles. Trying to reload on the run and scrambling to find more ammo in your pockets is difficult, especially when you’re trying to keep one eye on a limb-hopping bushytail. It’s also ... READ MORE

Muddy Boots No More

Muddy Boots No More

By Tom Wertman

To get to my favorite stands, I often tread across muddy fields and my boots end up covered in muck. Not only is it dangerous to climb treestands wearing mud-caked boots, but when it dries, chunks can tumble to the ground at the most inopportune moment. Too many times I’ve rotated to take a perfect shot and a falling piece of mud alerts the d... READ MORE

Winter Preparedness for Hunters

Winter Preparedness for Hunters

By Nationwide

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

Warmers in Extreme Cold

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

Hunter’s Dry Mouth Tip

Hunter’s Dry Mouth Tip

By Eric Ericson

Here’s a trick I’ve used for several years, whenever I go hunting, scouting or spend extended time in the outdoors. Because Native Americans used it for centuries before teaching it to settlers, you could say this tip is ancient. Whenever the Indians went on lengthy hunting excursions or walked a long distance, they would place a small... READ MORE

Turkey Calling — for Deer?

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

Double Up On SCENTLOK

Double Up On SCENTLOK

By Wes Fox

You can say what you want to say about scent-elimination clothing, but I honestly believe if used correctly, these products can really help hunters fool a deer's nose. For some time now, I've been doubling up on my SCENTLOK clothing. I like to do this especially when bowhunting for whitetails, and I have noticed I've been able to see more deer at c... READ MORE

No Sweat? No Sweat!

No Sweat? No Sweat!

By Ron Miller

Photo: Ron Miller poses with a nice 10-pointer he took on top of a hard-to-get-to hill in Montana. The tip he shares about reducing sweat will help hunters keep dryer, warmer and sit still longer. Here in Montana, getting to my hunting area usually involves hiking steep hills in frigid conditions. One of my favorite spots is on top of a small mou... READ MORE

Unwanted Scent Trail Visitors

Unwanted Scent Trail Visitors

By Christine Miller

Photo: Montana’s Christine Miller took this fine 8-pointer at her favorite spot. She shares her story about being followed from that stand by an unknown creature, along with advice on when not to leave a scent trail with buck lure. I'm a female hunter from Montana who doesn’t mind the strong smell of buck-in-rut lures. They are highly ... READ MORE

Dealing with Anti-Hunters

Dealing with Anti-Hunters

By Steve Hickoff and Yamaha Outdoors

Photo: The restoration of the wild turkey due to sound management practices is a wildlife success story. Let anti-hunters know about this, and other positives about our lifestyle. I handed her my long black gun case. She put it behind her driver’s seat, saying, “Sure hope that thing doesn’t fall on me! What’s in it?” ... READ MORE

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