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
Gun Slings: To Remove or Not to Remove?
By Joe Palermo
Photo: Joe Palermo took this gorgeous Kentucky buck in November of 2015. Joe has contributed numerous tips to Buckmasters Tip of the Week, including this week’s thoughts on detaching gun slings. Gun slings are one of the handiest things most hunters use, yet we rarely give them much thought. You don’t always need to have a sling, but tr... READ MORE
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.
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Socked-and-Loaded Scent Spinner
By Vince Huett
I’m a big fan of scent dispersal canisters or foggers and the way they distribute deer lures into the area, especially while I’m set up in my treestand. Dripper-type scent systems and the kind you spray or pour onto the ground work great in certain situations, and are especially well suited for attracting and keeping bucks in your area ... READ MORE
Foil the Fawn Killers
By Mike Scott
Photo: Mike Scott tells of a trail camera capturing a coyote bringing 27 fawns into its den within a four-week period! The damage coyotes and bobcats inflict upon fawns and young deer is much higher than most hunters realize. For instance, in my hunting area coyotes kill 17 percent of newborn fawns within the first four weeks of life. Fast-forward ... READ MORE
A Heads Up on Tree Safety
By Ed Ciersezwski
Like most hunters, prior to the opening of deer season we all have projects to be done in preparation for a good, safe year of hunts. In 2017, I spent most of my pre-season time working on maintaining my trusty old stands and getting them spruced up for the season. I changed out rusty nuts and bolts, tightened loose ones, applied new coats of paint... READ MORE
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
Hands Off the Trail
By Mathew Jaycox
Photo: Tip contributor Mathew Jaycox poses with a nice 10-pointer taken near his home in Alberta, Canada. My hunting grounds are the eastern slopes of the Rockies near my home in Alberta, Canada. It gets really cold here so, obviously, gloves are important. Other than for warmth, gloves serve other purposes you might not have considered. On televis... READ MORE
Rolling Along the Blood Trail
By Don Coffman
Photo: Finding and staying on a blood trail is difficult enough in the daylight, but after dark it can be nearly impossible. This tip will help you keep rolling along. One thing I always carry with me on hunting trips is unscented toilet paper. But it might not be for the purpose you are thinking. Bright white toilet paper is perfect for tearing of... READ MORE
How A Crossbow IS NOT Like A Rifle
By Bryan Zabitski, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies
Photo: Today’s high-performance hunting crossbows, like the TenPoint Nitro XRT pictured here, shoot arrows at high speeds, but still do not “shoot like rifles.” With the rise of a new generation of high performance hunting crossbows, the temptation to compare crossbows to rifles has become almost irresistible. Each year, technolog... 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
Are You Shooting for Speed or Power with Your Hunting Crossbow?
By Bryan Zabitski, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies
These days, speed seems to be the primary selling feature of most hunting crossbows. With so much emphasis being put on speed, it is a good time to discuss an arrow’s kinetic energy and why it is important to consider its significance in the context of crossbow shooting and hunting. A lighter arrow that shoots faster out of your crossbow may ... READ MORE
Venison Scrap Dog Treats
By Bob Takeo
Photo: Bob Takeo shares a fantastic idea for utilizing every scrap of your deer, even the silver muscle-lining tissue. Last season, I was home when my son returned from a successful deer hunting trip. My family processes our own venison, so I decided to stick around to help out. As we were taking care of the meat, I was about to toss a fistful of s... READ MORE
The Deer Camp Fridge Test
By Noel Prevost
Like many hunters, my deer camp is a long distance from home. In my case, the deer grow larger in the northern portion of the state, so that’s where my cabin and camp are. Because it’s a 3 1/2 hour drive, I can’t check on our place very frequently during the off season, so it will go for months without attention. If the power has ... READ MORE
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