Water, Water Everywhere
By Ken Piper
The more water on a property, the less important it is for hunting. Deer don’t have to drink every day to survive, but they will drink regularly if water is convenient. Water is particularly important to whitetails in the South and Southwest, where it can be hot during deer season, and in the West where water sources tend to be scarce. For hu... 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
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
Stand Work — Summertime is the Right Time
By Bob Humphrey & Yamaha Outdoors
Fall hunting season is still a ways off for most of us, which is precisely why now is the time to do a little deer stand work. The biggest reason is disturbance. You always want to minimize it around your stands, but a certain amount is unavoidable, particularly if you’re setting a new stand. The farther away from when you plan... READ MORE
Emergency Fire Starters
By Tim H. Martin, Travis Wilson & Charles Ward
Lighter Knots (Pine Hearts) – By Tim H. Martin Recently, I watched a reality TV show where a man and woman were attempting to survive 21 days in the wilds of south Alabama. The location was just a few miles from my old hunting lease. I was dumbfounded when the couple struggled to make fire with a steel and scraper-style fire starter. Fo... 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
Wooden Stands . . . Just Don’t
By Ray Thiel
Photo: With so many safe and affordable modern stands on the market, avoiding homemade stands is sound advice. Recently, I read Gary LaLone’s Buckmasters Tip of the Week, which recommended using play sand to increase traction on slippery treestands, especially those constructed of wood. He describes a scary incident in which he nearly lost hi... READ MORE
A Little Off the Top
By Ken Piper
Sometimes we focus so much on what we can see from a stand that we forget to consider what a deer sees from his angle. Whether you’re hunting with a gun, bow or muzzleloader, you will almost always have to make some kind of movement to get a shot. While a whitetail’s sense of smell is his best defense, ignore his vision at your peril. C... READ MORE
Gun Slings: To Remove or Not to Remove?
By Joe Palermo
Photo: Joe Palermo took this gorgeous Kentucky buck in November of 2015. Joe has contributed numerous tips to Buckmasters Tip of the Week, including this week’s thoughts on detaching gun slings. Gun slings are one of the handiest things most hunters use, yet we rarely give them much thought. You don’t always need to have a sling, but tr... 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
Woodburning Tool Fix-it Tip
By Roger Hanneman
Photo: Buckmasters Life Member Roger Hanneman shares a fix-it tip he used to repair the broken foot on his decoy. The longtime hunter from Nebraska poses here with a nice buck he took with his bow. My tip is a little different than most Buckmasters Tips of the Week, but I think it will be very useful to hunters for a multitude of fix-it purposes. W... READ MORE
Itching for a New Hunting Vehicle?
If you are in the market for a new hunting vehicle this summer, here are eight tips that will help when it comes to dealing with salespeople. We’ve all heard about car dealer sales tactics, but once you’re at the dealership, your excitement can get the best of you. According to Forbes and Publiccounsel.org, these are some of the most c... READ MORE
Give the Most to Your Host
By Rob ‘Buck Rub’ Cyr
If you are blessed enough to have access to hunting on private land, be thankful, but also, get to know your hosts. Think about things from the perspective of the landowner and ask yourself these questions: Are you the type of hunter YOU would enjoy having on your property? Would you enjoy having YOU around? Hopefully, your host perceives you as a ... READ MORE
Stopping the Gunsling Slide
By Mark Kay
One of my biggest pet peeves when I’m walking to and from my deer stand is constantly dealing with my rifle sliding off my shoulder. It seems like the gunsling slides down with every few steps I take, and I have to keep one hand on it most of the time. I’m sure you’ve had this happen, too, and you’ve probably done as I have ... READ MORE
Ice Water Venison Tenderizer
By Jack McCullough
“Gamey” is an adjective I frequently hear for describing the taste of venison. I hear this complaint from hunting and nonhunting friends alike. Years ago, on an evening hunt, I harvested a doe and hung it up overnight. Unfortunately, I had an accident later that evening which prevented me from finishing my butcher work on the doe... READ MORE