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Trail Cam Hit List Illusions

Trail Cam Hit List Illusions

By Tim H. Martin

Photo: Trail cameras have become the hunter’s best recon tool for evaluating and ambushing big bucks. Trail cameras have become the hunter’s best friend when it comes to planning an ambush for a trophy buck. When creating your hit list, be mindful of a few things. The camera can play tricks with the actual size of a buck’s rack. A... READ MORE

Homemade Rattling Antlers are COOL

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

Before You Claim Your Game …

Before You Claim Your Game …

By Matthew McDaniel

Photo: There are steps to follow before claiming downed game of any species. A wounded whitetail is a potentially deadly animal. Here are some things we should all teach our children before they go hunting — this goes for beginner adults, too. My father always taught me that deer's behavior is oftentimes deceptive, especially if they are inj... READ MORE

Mock Scrape Super Tip

Mock Scrape Super Tip

By Paul Odem

Photo: The use of a doe-in-heat or buck-in-rut scent bomb along with a urine-based dripper only adds to the effect. One of my favorite tactics for luring local bucks to my trail cameras or my treestand locations is using mock scrapes. To create a mock scrape, you must have a limb that hangs about head-high to a deer, which is approximately naval- t... READ MORE

Clear a Path to Success!

Clear a Path to Success!

By Danny Rasnake

Photo: Small things lead to successful deer hunting. Raking a path to your stand could help put venison in your freezer. One of the most important aspects of deer hunting is getting to and from our treestands quietly. Without silent entries and exits, deer are alerted to our presence, which decreases our odds of success. Once leaves start to fall,... READ MORE

Simple Solutions for Bowhunting Misses

Simple Solutions for Bowhunting Misses

By Bob Humphrey and Yamaha Outdoors

Photo: There’s usually a simple solution for eliminating bowhunting miscues. There are many reasons why bowhunters miss deer. The most common is simply misjudging distance. That one’s relatively easy to remedy. Use a rangefinder. You should also spend idle time on stand practicing your range estimation. Pick a spot, ... READ MORE

Scent Surroundings & Odor Killing

Scent Surroundings & Odor Killing

By David Cruson

Photo: Matching cover scents to the areas you are hunting is as important as using topical odor killing sprays. At a time when companies are dedicated to putting the best possible cover scents on the market, I’ve found many deer hunters are buying products that don’t even apply to their hunting areas. This makes no sense to me. If a hu... READ MORE

Doe-in-rut Lures Year-round? You Bet!

Doe-in-rut Lures Year-round? You Bet!

By Mike Beal

Photo: Whether the leaves are green, turning colors, or there is snow on the ground, doe-in-rut (estrous) lures attract bucks year-round. I've been bowhunting deer for 30 years, and I’ve heard many hunters argue that using deer scents out of season, particularly when there’s no rut, is a waste of time. After several experiences I’... READ MORE

How A Crossbow IS NOT Like A Rifle

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

Climbing Tips to Teach Your Kids

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

Two Rules of Thumb for ATV Safety

Two Rules of Thumb for ATV Safety

By Yamaha Outdoors and Bob Humphrey

By following a few basic rules of thumb, ATV/UTV users can make their outdoors experience safer and more enjoyable. Clothing: It’s always wise to wear the proper attire when riding your ATV or UTV. But what is proper attire? There are always branches, briars, sticks and obstructions along the trail that could cause injury, especially if you a... READ MORE

Super Close Doesn’t Mean Slam Dunk

Super Close Doesn’t Mean Slam Dunk

By Dwayne Barrow and Tim H. Martin

One of the most deceptive yet effective shots in whitetail hunting is when the deer is standing directly beneath or within a few yards of your elevated treestand. This shot scenario often happens in early bow season when there’s still a lot of foliage remaining in the trees and the hunter cannot get a clear shot at the animal until it’s... READ MORE

Are You Shooting for Speed or Power with Your Hunting Crossbow?

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

Aim Small, Miss Small

Aim Small, Miss Small

By Tim H. Martin

Photo: The aim small, miss small philosophy helped Buckmasters’ Ken Piper take this Illinois dream buck — and countless others — with a single arrow. When Buckmasters Executive Editor Ken Piper first started working with me nearly two decades ago, we shot our bows nearly every afternoon on a little range outside the office. At fi... READ MORE

Using Ethanol-free Gas? Maybe . . . Maybe Not!

Using Ethanol-free Gas? Maybe . . . Maybe Not!

By Wayne Edgerton

Photo: If the gas pump you’re using has a single hose for a multitude of grades, you could be putting ethanol into your small engines. I recently read your Tip of the Week about off-season ATV and small engine care by Buckmasters Editor Ken Piper. This was a fantastic tip every hunter and ATV owner should read because we all use gas-powered A... READ MORE

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