Tips & Tactics

Your Secret Buck Sanctuary

Your Secret Buck Sanctuary

By Tim H. Martin

Throughout my two decades of experience in the hunting industry, I've met some incredibly wise hunters, both professional and amateur. I've learned a lot just from listening to and observing the many successful men and women of the outdoors who have crossed my path. One of the best philosophies I've picked up on is to find a great stand site and NO... 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

Diamond-Dusted Honing for Hunters

Diamond-Dusted Honing for Hunters

By Rick Roesler

Seems like hunters always need to sharpen something. I have found inexpensive, easily packable items that really do the trick, even in the field. There are several types of files embedded with diamond dust or diamond grit that will put an edge on your gear. The flat kind women use to file their nails are very inexpensive, and you can find them at T... READ MORE

Thanks, Pop! And All Hunting Mentors

Thanks, Pop! And All Hunting Mentors

By Tim H. Martin

This Thanksgiving, take a minute to thank the person who introduced you to hunting. If they have since passed, please use that minute to remember them. I am thanking my father, Larry K. Martin. Thanksgiving Day 2017 will mark exactly 40 years since he took me on my first white-tailed deer hunt. FORTY YEARS! On Thursday, November 24, 1977, I had no ... 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

Illuminated Nock Trick

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

Warmers in Extreme Cold

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

Be Still, My Beating Heart!

Be Still, My Beating Heart!

By Mike Bolinder

I can’t speak for other bowhunters, but after sitting stone still in a treestand for several hours and a shooter buck comes walking in, my heartbeat goes from zero to 100 in about three seconds flat! There’s nothing wrong with that reaction because it means you are excited and having fun, however, an accelerated heart rate can mean big ... READ MORE

Uncle Gary’s Wisdom

Uncle Gary’s Wisdom

By Mark Kay

Photo: Some hunters consistently bring home more venison than others. Seek out these people, pay close attention to what they do and learn from their wisdom — this week’s tip included! My Uncle Gary was the best hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman I’ve ever known. When I was a youngster, I noticed he was highly successful and rout... READ MORE

Slip-on Mud-buster and Scent Rag

Slip-on Mud-buster and Scent Rag

By Brian Soderston

Anyone who has hunted from a metal treestand and had a chunk of mud fall off a boot will tell you the same thing. It’s usually a quiet day, and the clod always hits something metal on its way to the ground, creating a loud, unwanted noise. And why does this seem to happen at the worst possible time, when deer are near your stand? Talk about ... READ MORE

Better than Backstrap?

Better than Backstrap?

By Chuck Burklund

Backstraps and tenderloins are popular cuts of deer meat, but I never hear anyone talking about my favorite piece of the deer: venison flat iron steak, also known as mock tenderloins or shoulder tenders. That's probably because it's not the easiest cut to find and separate out. It's found inside the shoulder blade and is a distinctive muscle group... READ MORE

Unwanted Scent Trail Visitors

Unwanted Scent Trail Visitors

By Christine Miller

Photo: Montana’s Christine Miller took this fine 8-pointer at her favorite spot. She shares her story about being followed from that stand by an unknown creature, along with advice on when not to leave a scent trail with buck lure. I'm a female hunter from Montana who doesn’t mind the strong smell of buck-in-rut lures. They are highly ... READ MORE

Extra Treestand Hands

Extra Treestand Hands

By Gary Whitbeck

When you climb into your treestand and get settled in, it seems like there are never enough limbs to hang all your stuff on. And those tiny screw-in bow-holder hooks that come with a rope won’t allow you to hang very many items. I’ve found that the larger screw-in hooks made to hang bicycles in your garage make really ample treestand g... 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

Pass? Shoot? Wait?

Pass? Shoot? Wait?

By Michael O’Brien and Tim H. Martin

Photo: A deer’s body angle, your adrenaline, a deer’s demeanor and confident shooting are all part of making effective shots. Have you ever panicked when a deer showed up? Have you ever fired a shot with the adrenaline pumping and before the optimum shot was offered? If you are an experienced hunter, you probably know what happens next,... READ MORE

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