Tips & Tactics

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

Rattling & The Be-Bold Mindset

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

Secondary Treestands

Secondary Treestands

By Richard Squires

Most hunting clubs are typically set up with permanent shooting houses or blinds overlooking every greenfield and food plot. These stands are effective, but they get hunted — a lot. As the season progresses and hunters have shot several deer from these structures, whitetails become wise to what is going on. They become leery. You’ve pr... READ MORE

10 Pre-Season Crossbow Maintenance Tips

10 Pre-Season Crossbow Maintenance Tips

By Bryan Zabitski, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies

With white-tailed deer archery season quickly approaching in most states, now is a good time to take your crossbow out of storage and ready it for hunting this fall. Here are 10 maintenance tips that will help ensure that your crossbow is in peak shooting condition for the upcoming crossbow hunting season: 1) Check your crossbow for dirt or grit. I... READ MORE

Shooting Angles Made Easy

Shooting Angles Made Easy

By Joshua Clifton

I was reintroduced to archery about five years ago, and since then I’ve learned a lot about the sport, but not without some difficulties with proper shot placement. Early on, I had several opportunities to harvest a deer; however, the anatomy of a white-tailed deer was a mystery. If I aimed behind the shoulder, as is standard, sometimes the ... READ MORE

Gut Shot Prevention

Gut Shot Prevention

By Lorelei Menist

I believe one of the most common fundamental errors made by hunters is shooting at moving animals. Whether hunting with guns or archery gear, knowing how and when to properly stop a whitetail will help you make a lethal shot and save a lot of long blood trails. Better shot placement starts with learning to be patient when a deer appears, and resist... READ MORE

Trail Cam Tip for Streetwise Bucks

Trail Cam Tip for Streetwise Bucks

By James Howell

Photo: This tactic helps you decide if a change in treestand sites is in order once mature bucks seem to vanish. Placing trail cameras to overlook a pile of corn or some type of feeder is probably the most common method of buck surveillance used by whitetail hunters. While you can have success capturing images of bucks in your area in the summer, p... READ MORE

Shoot-Tuning Crossbow Arrows for Greater Field Accuracy

Shoot-Tuning Crossbow Arrows for Greater Field Accuracy

By Bryan Zabitski, Marketing Coordinator, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies

When you purchase a new six-pack of arrows, how do you determine which of the arrows you will use for hunting? While manufacturers take great care in building arrows as consistently as possible, small variations from one arrow to the next may have a large impact on whether the arrows will group with each other. If you really wish to shoot as accura... READ MORE

Off-season Small Engine Care

Off-season Small Engine Care

By Ken Piper

Photo: It might cost more at the pump, but ethanol-free gasoline will likely prevent a visit to the mechanic. As a hunter, you likely own an ATV or UTV, as well as operate several smaller engines such as chainsaws, generators or trimmers. You’ve also probably heard conflicting opinions on what type of fuel to use in those vehicles and tools.... READ MORE

America’s Outdoor Youth ‘Tip Manual’

America’s Outdoor Youth ‘Tip Manual’

By Buckmasters Tip Editor Tim H. Martin

Photo: With its humor, life lessons, adventure and brilliant prose, Robert Ruark’s “The Old Man and the Boy” should be required reading. – Photo Courtesy Luke Noffsinger The Buckmasters staff places a lot of emphasis on taking kids hunting and bringing them up in an outdoors lifestyle that instills values, virtues and proper... READ MORE

What’s the Rush?

What’s the Rush?

By Anthony Smith

Photo: You’ll never know if your buck of a lifetime was on its way if you shoot the doe it was chasing. My tip is a bit of advice that could help deer hunters whether they are inexperienced or have been hunting whitetails for years. It’s something I learned by chance one morning while in a treestand, but I plan to practice this from now... READ MORE

Blades Up!

Blades Up!

By Tim H. Martin

I learned a lot about skinning animals from hanging with world-class taxidermists most of my life. Several of my best friends are award-winning “taxis” who have created mounts any sportsman would drool over. In 1974, when I was 11 years old, my best friend’s father, Dan Rhymer, was a taxidermist for The Smithsonian Institution. On... READ MORE

Ladder Lover’s Leg Tip

Ladder Lover’s Leg Tip

By John Waldron

I’m a big fan of hunting from metal ladder stands, and I bet a lot of other Buckmasters fans are as well. There are a lot of advantages to these fixed position stands. The deer get used to them quickly, they are easily accessible, and ladders are probably the quietest of all types of treestands when it comes to climbing up and down and gettin... READ MORE

Do You Have a Record in the Attic?

Do You Have a Record in the Attic?

By Tim H. Martin

I think we'd be amazed if we knew just how many record book antlers are gathering dust in attics and garages across the country, yet never get any recognition. As the art director for Rack Magazine, I’ve designed dozens of stories about state and world record bucks that surfaced after decades of going undiscovered in closets, hardware stores ... READ MORE

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