Tips & Tactics

Smooth Is the Groove

Smooth Is the Groove

By Ken Piper

We’d all like to improve our shooting, whether we use a gun, a bow or both. We owe it to the animals we hunt to make the best shot possible, and nobody wants to miss the trophy of a lifetime. There are books on proper shooting, but everyone can benefit from this simple tip: The moment of release is critical to a good shot. “Punching&rdq... READ MORE

Game Wardens Can Help

Game Wardens Can Help

By Ken Piper

State game and conservation officers often get a bum rap since part of their job is enforcing laws, but most of them are open to sharing information with considerate hunters. If you’re planning to hunt on public land, call your local game authority and ask to talk to the officer who covers the given area. Ask him or her about good places to h... READ MORE

Rubs Can Show the Way

Rubs Can Show the Way

By Ken Piper

Everyone gets excited about a big, gnarly buck rub. Evidence that a rut-crazed bruiser buck is on the prowl helps us get out of bed at 3:30 a.m., and it keeps us in a stand on cold, boring days without deer sightings. On the other hand, you’ve probably read in Buckmasters magazine that rubs don’t mean a whole lot in terms of scoring on ... READ MORE

It’s Deer Hunting, Not Deer Seeing

It’s Deer Hunting, Not Deer Seeing

By Ken Piper

We often preach the importance of checking distances to likely shooting locations after settling in for a hunt. And while double-checking distance is always a good idea, it’s at least as important to have a good idea of general distances before you even set up a stand. Bowhunters frequently set up too close to trails and get busted when tryin... READ MORE

You Have Instincts, Too

You Have Instincts, Too

By Ken Piper

Hunting is like many sports in that there are certain practices that are the accepted standards for success. In other words, there’s a correct way to throw a football or swing a golf club, just as there are correct ways to set up a treestand or to shoot a gun or bow. Another way hunting mirrors sports is that when crunch time hits, there&rsqu... READ MORE

Aim According To Your Weapon

Aim According To Your Weapon

By Ken Piper

All hunters want to make the quickest, cleanest harvest possible, and that’s why we spend so much time practicing and studying deer anatomy. While learning more about deer is great, there are more things to consider than the location of a buck’s vitals. In short, optimum shot placement changes with the weapon being used. Broadhead-tippe... READ MORE

A Little Off the Top

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

Scouting Is More Than Putting Out a Trail Cam

Scouting Is More Than Putting Out a Trail Cam

By Ken Piper

For many of us, scouting is half the fun of hunting – and with good reason. There’s nothing like the feeling of finding concentrated buck sign and trying to picture the buck that made it. But scouting is more than just finding good sign and picking a nearby tree on which to place a stand. Many of us spend a lot of time hunting stands th... READ MORE

Turn Bad Weather To Your Advantage

Turn Bad Weather To Your Advantage

By Ken Piper

The alarm goes off at 3:30 a.m. You’re tired, but visions of that giant buck help you sit up and rub your eyes. Then you hear it - howling winds and the dreaded patter of rain on the roof. What do you do? Deer are like us when it comes to bad weather - they avoid it as much as possible. They can’t get out of the wind and rain completely... READ MORE

Try a Decoy

Try a Decoy

By Ken Piper

Turkey hunters and waterfowlers have long used decoys as standard equipment, so why haven’t deer hunters followed their lead? Perhaps it’s because deer are just so much bigger and it hasn’t been practical to carry a deer replica into the woods. With all the new materials being developed today, though, deer hunters have plenty of p... READ MORE

Rethink Still-Hunting

Rethink Still-Hunting

By Ken Piper

Many hunters look on still-hunting – the art of slowly creeping through the woods hoping to sneak up on a big buck – as something to do when deer sightings are slow and patience runs out. Regular practitioners of the still-hunt, however, know it requires a great deal of patience – even more patience than stump-sitting. The still-h... READ MORE

Don’t Call Like a Celebrity

Don’t Call Like a Celebrity

By Ken Piper

As fun as it is to watch on TV hunting shows, mashing antlers together like thunder and playing a grunt call like a flute are not the best tactics for most hunters after a trophy buck. The reason it works so well on TV is the hunters are usually on private land with well-managed deer herds, lower hunting pressure and better buck-to-doe ratios. In t... READ MORE

Practice vs. Sighting-In

Practice vs. Sighting-In

By Ken Piper

When sighting in a gun, it is imperative to remove as much human influence from the shot as possible, so use the best supports you can get your hands on.  Sand bags or manufactured shooting rests are the best.  When shooting, make as little contact with the rifle as little as possible. Also make sure that nothing touches the barrel (your ... READ MORE

Speed Isn’t Everything

Speed Isn’t Everything

By Ken Piper

Both gun hunters and bowhunters favor a flat-shooting projectile. The flatter a bullet or arrow travels, the less the hunter has to worry about aiming high or low to compensate for varying distance to the target. Unless you’re hunting out West or on large greenfields, most firearms shots don’t require compensation. And if you do hunt in... READ MORE

Big Bucks Hide in Small Places

Big Bucks Hide in Small Places

By Ken Piper

Most hunters think that you have to go deep in the woods to find a big buck – deeper than anyone else is likely to go.  That’s partially true: You will find bucks in places other people don’t go, but it isn’t always deep in the woods. We tend to think bucks react to pressure by leaving an area when, in fact, radio telem... READ MORE

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