By Jacob Zhanel
This classic mistake has happened to me more times than I'd like to admit, and I bet it's happened to you, too.
After sitting in the stand for several hours without seeing so much as a squirrel or bird, I would stand up to stretch or grab a snack out of the backpack. As soon as I got to my feet, a deer I couldn't see through the brush would spook ... 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
Nifty Turkey Toter
By Bill Neibecker
If you've ever tried to carry a turkey out of the woods, you know how cumbersome it can be. Once the adrenaline from your big moment wears off, that bird can get heavy in a hurry!
I have a tip for turkey hunters that will make this task a breeze, even if the hike back to your vehicle or house is a significant distance.
Any kind of padded strap wi... READ MORE
Extend Hand Warmer Life
By Randy Olson
Here in Minnesota, I go through a lot of hand warmers in a deer season, as you might imagine. If you hunt a lot, it can get expensive by the time you use them in your pockets, neck gaiter and boots or underneath your shirt. Over the years, I have discovered a way to get multiple sits out of my hand warmers. It’s really simple! Because the ing... READ MORE
Arrow Deflection String Test
By Andrew Davis
I live in the upper Midwest where the terrain is thick and not bowhunter-friendly. When I choose a treestand location, I have to trim a lot of foliage just to see out, let alone launch an arrow. Before I started using the tip I’m about to share, I’d sit in my stand and do my best to figure out which branches needed removing. Like most ... READ MORE
Priority One: Take Kids Hunting
By Yamaha Outdoors & Bob Humphrey
With the season now underway, it’s time to achieve those resolutions you made in January. If you’re an adult who cares about hunting’s future, there’s one resolution that should be a priority: Take kids hunting this year. The future of hunting rests firmly on the shoulders of youngsters who take up the sport, an... 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
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
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
Homemade Fan Mount
By Bob Humphrey & Yamaha Outdoors
One of the more popular ways to preserve a memorable turkey hunt is with the fan and beard mounted on a plaque. You can take it to a taxidermist, but if you want to save some money, doing it yourself is a fairly simple process. First, remove the beard by cutting it away from the breast. Be sure to leave just enough flesh at the base to keep th... READ MORE
2-D Man Decoys
By Jack Baker
As an avid bowhunter, I'll use every trick in the book, no matter how crazy, to fool a deer's senses. This particular tip will help deceive their eyes.
How many times has a deer approached your stand only to suddenly notice you because it wasn't used to seeing a bulky shape there before?
Boom - you're busted!
When hunting from treestands —... 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
Are You Shooting for Speed or Power with Your Hunting Crossbow?
By Bryan Zabitski, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies
These days, speed seems to be the primary selling feature of most hunting crossbows. With so much emphasis being put on speed, it is a good time to discuss an arrow’s kinetic energy and why it is important to consider its significance in the context of crossbow shooting and hunting. A lighter arrow that shoots faster out of your crossbow may ... READ MORE
Uncle Gary’s Wisdom
By Mark Kay
Photo: Some hunters consistently bring home more venison than others. Seek out these people, pay close attention to what they do and learn from their wisdom — this week’s tip included!
My Uncle Gary was the best hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman I’ve ever known.
When I was a youngster, I noticed he was highly successful and rout... READ MORE
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