Tips & Tactics

Treestand Treats!

Treestand Treats!

By Wayne Brittain

Years ago while hunting in Mexico, I picked up one of the simplest, most useful hunting tips I've ever received. Take a handful of hard candy with you before heading to your stand, and keep it in your pocket within easy reach. After an hour or two in the stand, just when you start to get tired or bored, take out a piece and slowly eat the candy. ... READ MORE

Hunting’s Most Overlooked Resource?

Hunting’s Most Overlooked Resource?

By James Blackmon

As hunters, we are always looking for resources to improve our scouting and hunting. If you are like me, you have spent a lot of time scouring maps, walking properties and talking to farmers and other hunters about where they’ve seen deer. We also invest a lot of research, time and money into scouting technology and hunting gear: digital top... READ MORE

Set Up Ladder Stands Alone

Set Up Ladder Stands Alone

By Anonymous Tip Submission

Setting up ladder stands by yourself can be a chore, especially if the stand is more than 15 feet tall. The bottom nearly always slides as you attempt to walk the top-heavy ladder up the tree. The trick is to stake down the bottom rung of the ladder so it won’t slide. I am 71 years old, and have safely used the following method for years. H... READ MORE

Whistle While You . . . Hunt?

Whistle While You . . . Hunt?

By Oren Haney

I’d like to share a tip with Buckmasters readers that my dad taught me decades ago when I was only 10 years old. It happened when my father came to me and said he wanted me to go into the woods and collect some meat for the dinner table. Dad told me to take my .22 and try to get a rabbit or two. I had never stalked for rabbits with anything o... READ MORE

Glow Stick Trail Marker

Glow Stick Trail Marker

By Chris Swanson

When trailing a deer after the sun goes down, it’s often very difficult to keep up with a blood trail using only a flashlight or lantern. I have found a simple kid’s product can make trail marking much easier after dark: Glow Sticks. When you first find blood and it’s nearing dark, activate the Glow Stick, then carefully cut it ... READ MORE

What Does ‘Antler Burn’ Mean?

What Does ‘Antler Burn’ Mean?

By Tim H. Martin

After 21 years in the outdoor industry and 40-plus years of hunting white-tailed deer, I thought I knew everything there was to know about antlers. Recently, I learned something about mysterious scrape marks I’d seen on several racks throughout the years, yet never paid much attention to. One of these subtle markings appeared on the outer mai... READ MORE

The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

By J. Everett Moore Jr.

With the average age of hunters being in the mid-40s, many of us are at the point in our lives when it pays to be aware of potential medical complications that can begin to creep in during midlife. Most everyone knows of the increased risk of heart disease, colon or breast cancer or even stroke. Other than purchasing a cheap set of reading glasses,... READ MORE

No-brainer Yardage Marking

No-brainer Yardage Marking

By Kim Wages

Photo: Buckmasters member Kim Wages shares his tip for bowhunters who want to make remembering yardages a no-brainer. Here, Kim poses with one of his many trophies, a beautiful Georgia 10-pointer. One of the hardest things for a bowhunter to do is range a deer at the moment of truth. With a bow in one hand and a release in the other, it’s dif... READ MORE

Bow Sight Covers

Bow Sight Covers

By Victor Ortiz

Last summer, I read a Buckmasters Tip of the Week about using different types of koozies as covers for riflescopes. This made me happy, because I have been doing something similar for a long time, except I use koozies to cover and protect my bow sights. A koozie, in case you are not familiar, is an insulating sleeve used to keep a canned or bottled... READ MORE

Lost in the Wild — Safety Gear

Lost in the Wild — Safety Gear

By David Hoogendorn

I am retired from the U.S. Army, and safety has been beaten into my head since I was a private. This discipline has carried over from my military career and into my life as a civilian who hunts. Because I hunt in a vast, 5,000-acre area, getting lost could be a very real and very life-threatening proposition. I take special precautions not to get ... READ MORE

Open Field Yardage Markers

Open Field Yardage Markers

By Neal Gagner

Open fields always seem to be my favorite places to hunt. Where I live, the deer appear at the woods edge, then enter the hay or cornfields where I then have to figure out the yardage. In the deep woods, I can use my rangefinder to mark objects such as trees, rocks and stumps. But open fields rarely have distinguishing features to mark with a rang... 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

Take Time to Take Photos

Take Time to Take Photos

By Tim H. Martin

In hunting, the chance to capture a special memory on film passes like lyrics to a song by Kansas: “Only for a moment, and the moment’s gone.” I learned that lesson the hard way in 1977 on Thanksgiving Day when my father took me deer hunting for the very first time, but we never took a single picture. We’d jumped a herd of ... READ MORE

Zip That Quiver!

Zip That Quiver!

By Al Kirby

Photo: Removing his quiver and having a second arrow at the ready enabled Tim H. Martin to tag this beautiful Illinois buck. Here’s a great way to hang your quiver and reload easily, too. One less thing attached to my bow is a good thing. When archery hunting, I like to remove the quiver. I don't like the added weight or the extra noise it ma... READ MORE

Trail Cam Hang ’em High Setup

Trail Cam Hang ’em High Setup

By Heath Tinker

With all the new scouting camera technology today, you’d think all the angles would’ve been explored by now. But a couple of years ago, someone gave me a great tip that has produced the best trail cam pictures I’ve ever gotten, even on public land! In my early years of hunting, I was blessed with places to hunt on private land, li... READ MORE

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