No Rail Pad? No Problem!
By Marcus Bolick
Photo: Venison is a prized commodity in the area of North Carolina where Marcus Bolick hunts. The hunter proudly hunts with the same model rifle used by Milo Hanson — a Winchester Model 88 chambered in .308. My tip isn’t anything fancy, and I may not be the first Buckmasters fan to come up with the idea, but I’ve decided to share ... READ MORE
Do-It-Yourself Swivel Stool
By V. Crews
Here’s an easy-to-make and very comfortable hunting seat. It’s lightweight, portable, swivels and is a good height for just about anyone.
5 gallon bucket with handle
Jon Boat seat Swivel base (the square kind that will fit flat against bucket)
Pencil or marker Drill and drill bit (likely 1/4")
Bolts, washers... 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
The Deer Camp Fridge Test
By Noel Prevost
Like many hunters, my deer camp is a long distance from home. In my case, the deer grow larger in the northern portion of the state, so that’s where my cabin and camp are. Because it’s a 3 1/2 hour drive, I can’t check on our place very frequently during the off season, so it will go for months without attention. If the power has ... READ MORE
Compass Usage for Treestand Setups
By Larry Brown
Experienced hunters use a compass for more than just map reading.
To make my treestands most effective during hunting season, I always carry a compass. I use it when picking out a tree and deciding which direction to face my stand. Here's why:
Knowing your bearings is essential for the initial stand set up. If you guess and get it wrong, you'll l... READ MORE
How Important Is Scent Control?
By Ken Piper
A few years ago when Terry Rohm was still with Tink’s, he was asked by the Realtree team what advice he would give to folks when it comes to using scents for hunting. His answer might surprise you: “The first thing to do is get rid of your own scent,” he said. It’s significant that when given a chance to plug the many fine T... READ MORE
Rattling & The Be-Bold Mindset
By Willard Sullivan
Photo: Whether bowhunting or firearm hunting, many hunters are losing their fear of rattling. I have a story I’d like to share with Buckmasters fans. What happened inspired more of a mindset than a tip, and it’s incredibly worthwhile. Last season, I watched a massive-bodied buck appear across the property line and, at first, I simply ho... READ MORE
Wet Weather Gun Barrel Tip
By Tony Graves
When I'm out on a muzzleloader hunt, I always take a small piece of electric tape and place the tape over the end of my gun barrel.
This is really an advantage on rainy days and on mornings when heavy dew is falling.
The tape keeps moisture out of the barrel which could lead to problems with the primer igniting my powder pellets.
But I also use ... READ MORE
Zip That Quiver!
By Al Kirby
Photo: Removing his quiver and having a second arrow at the ready enabled Tim H. Martin to tag this beautiful Illinois buck. Here’s a great way to hang your quiver and reload easily, too. One less thing attached to my bow is a good thing. When archery hunting, I like to remove the quiver. I don't like the added weight or the extra noise it ma... READ MORE
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
Love Those Rubber Gloves
By Rob Fetterhoff Jr.
Photo: Rob Fetterhoff Jr. sends us a unique tip for using vinyl gloves. Here, the hunter poses with a pretty 8-pointer he took on the southern tier of the Empire State’s western side. Like many hunters, I use disposable gloves while field-dressing my deer. Obviously, gloves minimize the amount of blood on my hands and sleeves, but here’... READ MORE
Bowhunting Practice: Replicate Scenarios
By Shannon Shipley and Tim H. Martin
When getting ready for bow season, I have learned to practice shooting for all sorts of scenarios. No two situations are alike when it comes to the moment of truth for shooting whitetails. I like to prepare for the unexpected, and my practice routine includes shooting at every angle imaginable. The only way to properly do this is to replicate a hu... READ MORE
Climbing Tips to Teach Your Kids
By Tim H. Martin
Photo: Along with proper safety gear, knowing handhold and climbing techniques greatly reduce risk of treestand accidents. Take five minutes to teach these climbing principals to your kids and it will help them climb trees safely for the rest of their lives. I learned these fundamentals in mountaineer training classes back in my younger days, and t... READ MORE
Avoid Taking Button Bucks
By Ken Piper
Harvesting does is the cornerstone of every deer management plan, but how do you know the doe you’re about to shoot isn’t a button buck instead? This can be especially challenging when hunting along greenfields. Button bucks haven’t had time to fully develop their survival skills, making them particularly vulnerable when their mot... READ MORE
Build Whitetails’ Tolerance for ATVs
By Al Zwick
One characteristic I’ve noticed among white-tailed deer is, when given proper conditioning, they will develop a comfort level with ATVs, farm machinery and motorized vehicles. Knowing this trait has helped make my life easier, and I use it to gain an edge when hunting season rolls around. Through conditioning, I’m now able to drive dir... READ MORE