For Luck or For Fun, Name Your Gun
By Tim H. Martin
Recently, I watched the movie "Full Metal Jacket." There's a scene in boot camp where one private asks another if he'd named his rifle yet, for good luck. I had to laugh, because I'd given my firearms a girl's name for as long as I could remember.Until watching the movie, I didn't know it was a Marine Corps tradition, and I didn't know it was cons... READ MORE
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
Zipper Fixer Upper
By Dr. Michael Fluitt
Have you ever had a cold weather jumpsuit, an article of hunting clothing or a piece of equipment that had to be thrown out because of the poor quality of the zipper?
These days many of the zippers imported from China and won't last long. Even a tumble or two in the washer and dryer can damage them and they won't zip properly.
Recently, the zippe... READ MORE
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
Good Ol’ NaHCO3!
By Michael Morton
As a longtime bowhunter, I’m extremely careful about my scent control. And if you’re like me, you respect a deer’s sense of smell above practically everything else. You could say I take scent-masking to the extreme, but I don’t believe that’s possible. I use every modern advancement available as part of my routine, wh... READ MORE
Hunting Food Plots
By Bob Humphrey & Yamaha Outdoors
Harvest time is here. The work is done and it’s time to reap the benefits of your labor. These tips will help you be more effective at hunting your food plots.
1) Afternoons Are Better
It’s usually better to hunt food plots in the afternoon. That way you can get in early and set up before the deer start moving. Going in... READ MORE
“Guinea Pigs” for Trophy Bucks
By Melody Jackson
When it comes to holding out for mature bucks, one thing I believe many hunters lack is patience — especially when other deer are on the field. It’s very tempting to quickly add venison to the freezer when fat does and bucks with marginal racks appear. I have learned the older, smarter bucks are lurking back in the shadows, sometimes f... READ MORE
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
Venison Scrap Dog Treats
By Bob Takeo
Photo: Bob Takeo shares a fantastic idea for utilizing every scrap of your deer, even the silver muscle-lining tissue. Last season, I was home when my son returned from a successful deer hunting trip. My family processes our own venison, so I decided to stick around to help out. As we were taking care of the meat, I was about to toss a fistful of s... READ MORE
The Apex Predator = You
By Jeffrey Steigelmann
Have you ever been scouting in a large area that holds lots of deer sign and come across a tree that just felt right? You might have found this place among a confusing maze of crisscrossing game trails, giving you multiple choices for seemingly good places to locate your treestand. Still, there was just something about that one place you sensed abo... READ MORE
Create a Realistic Rattling Sequence
By Russ Siler
Here’s my tip for making a rattling sequence sound more realistic to any buck within listening distance of your setup. I’m amazed at a deer’s ability to pinpoint exactly where a sound is coming from. From what I’ve observed, they can figure out the source to within a few feet, even when the sounds are above ground, and even ... READ MORE
Uses for Old Hunting Socks
By John Cuzzort
Here are a few ideas for turning your old hunting socks into something useful. You'll want to save them for a multitude of purposes you can use in the field — even that ratty pair with holes in the toes. One of the best uses of an old sock is as a padded arm guard for bowhunting. First, cut the sock in half at about the bend of the ankle. The... READ MORE
Turn Thick Spots into Hot Spots
By Frank Glass
Hunting where visibility is limited can be challenging. I live in Alabama where thick timber, pine groves, briars, brambles and dense undergrowth are the norm. No hunter has confidence watching a spot where they can’t see very far. But I’ve learned there are ways to use dense areas to my advantage. In the Deep South, I’ve seen hun... 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
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