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
Reverse Trail Blazing
By Tim H. Martin
Here's the way to come and go like a ghost.
I like to hunt in the hard-to-get-to places. This often means finding a stand site where most hunters won't go, simply because it's too hard to get to quietly. These are the places where the big bucks are!
Here in Alabama, some of the places I like to hunt are thorny, surrounded by deadfall and downrigh... READ MORE
Be Still, My Beating Heart!
By Mike Bolinder
I can’t speak for other bowhunters, but after sitting stone still in a treestand for several hours and a shooter buck comes walking in, my heartbeat goes from zero to 100 in about three seconds flat! There’s nothing wrong with that reaction because it means you are excited and having fun, however, an accelerated heart rate can mean big ... 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
The ‘Belly Up’ Kit
By Dave Zilai
Photo: Buckmasters Life Member Dave Zilai invented a simple kit that makes it easier to field dress deer alone. His buddy, who lost the use of an arm due to polio, inspired Dave’s device. — Editor’s Note by Tim H. Martin This tip is actually an invention. Buckmasters Life Member Dave Zilai of Lowell, Indiana sent it to us, along w... READ MORE
By Chuck Burklund
Backstraps and tenderloins are popular cuts of deer meat, but I never hear anyone talking about my favorite piece of the deer, venison flat iron steak.
That's probably because it's not the easiest cut to find and separate out. It's found on the top of the shoulder blade and is a distinctive muscle group.
The flat iron steaks are about 6 to 9 inch... READ MORE
Keys to Pre-season Trail Cam Recon
By Jack Baker
God created a variety of food sources that sustain wildlife throughout the year. To take advantage and intercept deer with your trail cameras, you’ll need to figure out the growing schedule in your area. Here in Georgia, I begin setting out my trail cams the last week of June. This is because wild cherries are starting to drop. Bucks LOVE wil... READ MORE
Time to Reduce Movement
By Time to Reduce Movement
Photo: A tiny stick-on digital timepiece helps hunters avoid unnecessary movement when checking the time. Rolling up your jacket sleeve to look at your watch or having to dig around in your pockets for a phone adds unwanted movement. Sometimes checking the time comes at a time when you should be totally still and focused on what is going on in the ... READ MORE
Nifty Field-Dressing Tips
By Rob Fetterhoff Jr.
Photo: There's no need for nasty hands. If you haven’t added disposable vinyl gloves to your gear list, you are missing out. Here are some field-dressing tips every hunter should have on hand. Pun intended! Like many hunters, I use disposable gloves while field-dressing my deer. Obviously, gloves minimize the amount of blood on my hands and ... READ MORE
Lost in the Wild — Safety Gear
By David Hoogendorn
I am retired from the U.S. Army, and safety has been beaten into my head since I was a private. This discipline has carried over from my military career and into my life as a civilian who hunts.
Because I hunt in a vast, 5,000-acre area, getting lost could be a very real and very life-threatening proposition. I take special precautions not to get ... READ MORE
Homemade Rattling Antlers are COOL
By Duane Western
Photo: Homemade rattling antlers are beautiful and functional. – Photo Courtesy Ryan Noffsinger If you are thinking about making your own set of rattling antlers, here are some things to consider. I discovered this tip through a bit of bad luck — actually — good luck. Since I wanted to make my own set from scratch, and I began sea... READ MORE
More Unusual Tactics & Tips
By Jamie Gemino
I’m just being honest when I say I’ve been very successful the past few years to have taken some monster bucks in my home state of Indiana. Buckmasters fans have been sending some very unusual tips to Tip of the Week, and I’d like to share some of my own methods for putting nice bucks on my wall. Pop-up Blind Backdoor Ambush Matu... READ MORE
Go With Your Gut!
By Mike Handley
Photo: The night before he arrowed this Nebraska brute, Rack magazine editor Mike Handley bought The Can on a whim. Going with his gut has worked well for Mike during his long and successful hunting career. Going with your instincts is an important element of deer hunting. Sure, experimenting in the field will sometimes result in flubs, but experim... READ MORE
Battery Tips for Hunters
By Vernon Gillespie
Hunting requires a lot of batteries when you consider all the battery-dependent gear we use today, such as flashlights, GPS devices, headlamps, trail cameras, heated insoles and more.
With all this equipment, it’s smart to have a variety of spare batteries on hand should the need arise.
I like to keep an assortment in my backpack, storing t... READ MORE
Hay Bale Hideaways
By Frank Mayes
I’ve hunted in Missouri for many years. Until the past few seasons, ground blinds and ladder stands have been the main types of stands I’ve hunted from. Now, I’m discovering one of the most effective ways to ambush whitetails is from behind hay bales. I’ve had deer walk within 10 feet of me and never know I was there! My set... READ MORE