Tips & Tactics

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

The Disappearing Hunter Trick

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

Off-season Small Engine Care

Off-season Small Engine Care

By Ken Piper

Photo: It might cost more at the pump, but ethanol-free gasoline will likely prevent a visit to the mechanic. As a hunter, you likely own an ATV or UTV, as well as operate several smaller engines such as chainsaws, generators or trimmers. You’ve also probably heard conflicting opinions on what type of fuel to use in those vehicles and tools.... READ MORE

Natural Wind Detector

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

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

Bowhunter’s Arm Fatigue

Bowhunter’s Arm Fatigue

By Tim Bregenzer

Photo: Buckmasters fan Tim Bregenzer shares his tip for reducing archer’s arm fatigue. A simple accessory helps him make better shots on bucks like this tall-tined Illinois 10-pointer. Many years ago, I started wearing an accessory belt over the outside layer of my hunting clothes. On this belt, I added a piece of gear I hope Buckmasters fans... READ MORE

Rolling Along the Blood Trail

Rolling Along the Blood Trail

By Don Coffman

Photo: Finding and staying on a blood trail is difficult enough in the daylight, but after dark it can be nearly impossible. This tip will help you keep rolling along. One thing I always carry with me on hunting trips is unscented toilet paper. But it might not be for the purpose you are thinking. Bright white toilet paper is perfect for tearing of... READ MORE

Conquer the Dead Zone

Conquer the Dead Zone

By Tim H. Martin

Photo: Because it stepped into a dead zone, Buckmasters Tip Editor, Tim H. Martin, had to go southpaw in order to smoke this Alabama 10-pointer. Tim learned this trick from a U.S. Army shooting instructor. Try this test sitting down, as if you were in your treestand: Using an imaginary rifle, without moving below the waist, pretend a deer is direct... READ MORE

Thanks, Pop! And All Hunting Mentors

Thanks, Pop! And All Hunting Mentors

By Tim H. Martin

This Thanksgiving, take a minute to thank the person who introduced you to hunting. If they have since passed, please use that minute to remember them. I am thanking my father, Larry K. Martin. Thanksgiving Day 2017 will mark exactly 40 years since he took me on my first white-tailed deer hunt. FORTY YEARS! On Thursday, November 24, 1977, I had no ... READ MORE

Looking Past Buck Fever

Looking Past Buck Fever

By G. Frank Ridings and Tim H. Martin

Every hunter seems to have a buck fever story. Who hasn’t developed a good case of the shakes at some point in their career? This usually happens to newbie hunters, but it often affects old timers, too. I’ve discovered something about controlling buck fever I’d like to share with Buckmasters fans. Once I’ve spotted a deer a... READ MORE

Old-timer’s Scent Mask

Old-timer’s Scent Mask

By Thomas Bradford

For hunters who need a scent mask in a pinch, or those who can't afford to buy scent killer sprays, there’s a simple solution I've used all my life: cedar trees. In the Tennessee foothills where I'm from, cedar trees are abundant. When I head out hunting, I always cut a little limb off and roll it in my hands, then rub it all over my clothin... READ MORE

Trail Cam Tip for Streetwise Bucks

Trail Cam Tip for Streetwise Bucks

By James Howell

Photo: This tactic helps you decide if a change in treestand sites is in order once mature bucks seem to vanish. Placing trail cameras to overlook a pile of corn or some type of feeder is probably the most common method of buck surveillance used by whitetail hunters. While you can have success capturing images of bucks in your area in the summer, p... READ MORE

Eliminate Tree-hugger Stands

Eliminate Tree-hugger Stands

By Mike Stamp

Have you ever tried to stand up and draw your bow in a fixed-position stand that had been set up crookedly? It can be scary and dangerous. When I set up my stands, I like to get them comfortably level from the get-go. That’s why I bring a 6-inch level with me on treestand setup day. First, I lay the level on the foot platform, making sure it ... READ MORE

When the Rut’s in a Rut

When the Rut’s in a Rut

By Chris Chastain, Buckmasters Cameraman

Photo: Buckmasters cameraman Chris Chastain (right) and Buckmasters Sweepstakes Winner John Nowak ambushed this gorgeous Alabama 10-pointer using a tactic Chris learned from Terry Rohm of Tink’s. Half the battle with taking a nice buck is simply knowing that it exists. The Buckmasters film crew has used trail cameras for many years — es... READ MORE

America’s Outdoor Youth ‘Tip Manual’

America’s Outdoor Youth ‘Tip Manual’

By Buckmasters Tip Editor Tim H. Martin

Photo: With its humor, life lessons, adventure and brilliant prose, Robert Ruark’s “The Old Man and the Boy” should be required reading. – Photo Courtesy Luke Noffsinger The Buckmasters staff places a lot of emphasis on taking kids hunting and bringing them up in an outdoors lifestyle that instills values, virtues and proper... READ MORE

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