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
By Bob Takeo
Photo: The use of a rangefinder and a compass can help pinpoint the beginning (or end) of a blood trail. It uses both distance and a line. I was inspired by a recent Tip of the Week about shooting a spare, field-tipped arrow to mark the spot where a deer stood when it was shot. The idea is to leave a marker at the point where the blood trail will b... READ MORE
Warmers in Extreme Cold
By William Sharp
My tip is a follow up to a 2013 Buckmasters Tip of the Week submitted by bowhunter Stacy Vaccaro.
Stacy explained how she uses disposable hand and toe warmers on her arms and shoulders to keep her muscles loose enough to draw her bow in the extreme cold of Wisconsin.
Buckmasters Tip Editor Tim H. Martin added how he learned to put hand and toe wa... READ MORE
Turkey Calling — for Deer?
By Matt Maurice
Do you hunt in areas where deer get a lot of pressure from hunters? If so, I have a tip for you that’s pure poison on spooky deer.
You might think my tip is crazy, so first I’ll let you know I’m a veteran hunter with more than 35 years experience and more than 42 bucks to date — triple that number for does.
Years ago, as I... READ MORE
By Tim H. Martin
The Devil’s in the Details!
First time hunters often make small mistakes that lead to big failures. That’s all part of gaining experience and learning how to hunt.
When I first started bowhunting, I will never forget watching a doe approach at first light, drawing my bow, then having to let down when she stepped behind a hedge. ... READ MORE
No Rail Pad? No Problem!
By Marcus Bolick
Photo: Venison is a prized commodity in the area of North Carolina where Marcus Bolick hunts. The hunter proudly hunts with the same model rifle used by Milo Hanson — a Winchester Model 88 chambered in .308. My tip isn’t anything fancy, and I may not be the first Buckmasters fan to come up with the idea, but I’ve decided to share ... 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
The School of Loose Nocks
By Scott Stricker
Last season, I learned a valuable lesson about not paying attention to nock tightness, and what can happen if you don’t re-snap your arrow to the string after drawing your bow. It might seem like small detail, but it could have big consequences. Here’s how a nock that lost its gripping power caused me to miss the buck of a lifetime as w... READ MORE
Hunting’s SECOND Handiest Item?
By David Johnson and Tim H. Martin
Don’t Trim It — Zip It! — Tip Submission by David Johnson I’m one of those hunters who believe the less brush cutting and trimming you do, the less likely Ol’ Big Boy is going to notice your intrusion into his world. Instead of hacking tree branches, I use zip ties to pull back and secure obstructing foliage from of my... READ MORE
Living Buck Sensors: Other Deer
By Tim H. Martin
When a deer approaches a treestand or steps onto a food plot, the inexperienced hunter’s instinct is to shoot it as soon as possible, or before it gets away. There’s nothing wrong with that if the only goal is to quickly fill a tag and head to the processor, but it robs beginners of important learning experiences that will serve them w... READ MORE
Rock Climber’s Tips for Hunters - Part I
By Tim H. Martin
Back in my younger days, during the off-season from chasing whitetails, I spent some time scaling rock walls, mountain climbing and rappelling off mountainsides for fun. It was also a great way to stay in shape for all the tree climbing I'd be doing during deer season. In my training classes, I learned valuable rock climbing safety tips that I was ... READ MORE
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
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
Don’t Overlook the Hook!
By Vail Case
One simple and fairly inexpensive item has proven itself to be very useful in my hunting camp: a metal construction or towing hook.
You might have never considered a construction hook to be a hunting tool, but I’ve found the number of uses it has in the field to be surprising.
My buddies and I have used my hook numerous occasions to hoist g... READ MORE
Binos & Camera Telephoto Trick
By Tim H. Martin
Photo: A sheep hunter’s tip for taking long-range photos helped Tim H. Martin photograph this wide 10-pointer from a distance. While muzzleloader hunting in Ohio in 2010, I watched an extremely wide 10-pointer bedding down in the rain. It plopped down about 70 yards behind and to the side of my ground blind, well outside of my shooting lane. ... READ MORE