Tips & Tactics

Rangefinder Ribbon Setup

Rangefinder Ribbon Setup

By Thad Cook

I have a simple tip for an archery setup that allows me to know my yardages without keeping a rangefinder in my hand when a deer approaches. Before the season begins when I am setting up my bow stands, I head to my hunting property with a rangefinder, a buddy, and several different colors of hair ribbons, flagging and/or surveyor’s tape. When... READ MORE

Beat the Bootstrap Blues

Beat the Bootstrap Blues

By Frank Carieri

I wasn’t sure my tip was worth sharing, but decided to send it to help other Buckmasters fans who are getting on in years, or are a little on the heavy side. Using a climbing stand is my favorite way to hunt whitetails. But, at age 52, I’ve had four back surgeries and a quadruple bypass. I’ve also added a couple inches to my waist... READ MORE

Venison Confusion: Backstraps vs. Tenderloins

Venison Confusion: Backstraps vs. Tenderloins

By Tim H. Martin

Backstraps and tenderloins: Are they the same thing? The answer might surprise you if you’re a hunting newbie, and it even might be news to some of you old-timers! The answer is no, backstraps and tenderloins are two different things, although the terms are often interchanged in conversations about venison. There is a widespread misconceptio... READ MORE

Time to Reduce Movement

Time to Reduce Movement

By Time to Reduce Movement

Photo: A tiny stick-on digital timepiece helps hunters avoid unnecessary movement when checking the time. Rolling up your jacket sleeve to look at your watch or having to dig around in your pockets for a phone adds unwanted movement. Sometimes checking the time comes at a time when you should be totally still and focused on what is going on in the ... READ MORE

Homemade Rattling Antlers are COOL

Homemade Rattling Antlers are COOL

By Duane Western

Photo: Homemade rattling antlers are beautiful and functional. – Photo Courtesy Ryan Noffsinger If you are thinking about making your own set of rattling antlers, here are some things to consider. I discovered this tip through a bit of bad luck — actually — good luck. Since I wanted to make my own set from scratch, and I began sea... READ MORE

Public Land Transportation

Public Land Transportation

By Brett Fletcher

If you’re like me and enjoy hunting on public land, you’ve probably noticed most hunters are not willing to walk three to four miles to reach the best hunting areas. This seems to be the case even on graded roads where motorized vehicles are not allowed. Mature bucks have adapted to this human behavior, so the best hunting is generally... READ MORE

Dragging Shouldn’t be a Drag

Dragging Shouldn’t be a Drag

By Justin DePree and Tim H. Martin

Photo: Justin DuPree shares an observation about dragging deer — especially does — often overlooked by hunters. This might seem like simple common sense for most woodsmen, but over the years I’ve personally encountered several hunters who make a fundamental deer-dragging mistake. Without access to an ATV or game car... READ MORE

The Noisy Squirrel Trick

The Noisy Squirrel Trick

By Jack Baker

Photo: Jack Baker of Grovetown, Georgia has learned to stop and calm deer, like this dandy 10-pointer, by imitating something deer hear every day. The tip also keeps wounded deer from running as far. As an avid bow hunter, I’ve watched hundreds of hunting shows and videos, and I’ve noticed most of the time, hunters stop a moving deer by... 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’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

Avoid Bowhunter’s Surprise

Avoid Bowhunter’s Surprise

By Jack U. Baker Jr.

Photo: Consider reducing your bow’s poundage when the weather turns cold. Failing to do so could cost you a deer. Bow season starts as early as August in some states, so it’s usually warm when we are practicing.Since it’s easy to draw a bow in warm weather while wearing a T-shirt, we often crank up our compound bows to maximum pou... READ MORE

Keys to Pre-season Trail Cam Recon

Keys to Pre-season Trail Cam Recon

By Jack Baker

God created a variety of food sources that sustain wildlife throughout the year. To take advantage and intercept deer with your trail cameras, you’ll need to figure out the growing schedule in your area. Here in Georgia, I begin setting out my trail cams the last week of June. This is because wild cherries are starting to drop. Bucks LOVE wil... READ MORE

Doe-in-rut Lures Year-round? You Bet!

Doe-in-rut Lures Year-round? You Bet!

By Mike Beal

Photo: Whether the leaves are green, turning colors, or there is snow on the ground, doe-in-rut (estrous) lures attract bucks year-round. I've been bowhunting deer for 30 years, and I’ve heard many hunters argue that using deer scents out of season, particularly when there’s no rut, is a waste of time. After several experiences I’... READ MORE

Curiosity Killed the Buck

Curiosity Killed the Buck

By Mike Smith

In my home state of Missouri, it is currently illegal to use bait for hunting deer or wild turkey. But I’ve figured out another way to attract them that’s perfectly legal, and it will work anywhere. I use an ordinary garden rake to take advantage of the curious nature of deer and turkeys. I rake the ground about 15 to 20 yards from wh... READ MORE

Target Warmth Better

Target Warmth Better

By Krissy Jean Zimmer

Photo: Krissy Jean Zimmer discovered a way to stay in the stand longer by using a product not meant for hunters. Here she poses with a 202-pound 8-pointer she shot on a cold Georgia day. After reading a Tip of the Week written by William Sharp about using Kinesio Tex or KT Tape to attach hand warmers over your kidneys to stay warmer, I decided to s... READ MORE

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