Tips & Tactics

Big Bucks Hide in Small Places

Big Bucks Hide in Small Places

By Ken Piper

Most hunters think that you have to go deep in the woods to find a big buck – deeper than anyone else is likely to go.  That’s partially true: You will find bucks in places other people don’t go, but it isn’t always deep in the woods. We tend to think bucks react to pressure by leaving an area when, in fact, radio telem... READ MORE

Avoid Taking Button Bucks

Avoid Taking Button Bucks

By Ken Piper

Harvesting does is the cornerstone of every deer management plan, but how do you know the doe you’re about to shoot isn’t a button buck instead? This can be especially challenging when hunting along greenfields. Button bucks haven’t had time to fully develop their survival skills, making them particularly vulnerable when their mot... READ MORE

How Important Is Scent Control?

How Important Is Scent Control?

By Ken Piper

A few years ago when Terry Rohm was still with Tink’s, he was asked by the Realtree team what advice he would give to folks when it comes to using scents for hunting. His answer might surprise you: “The first thing to do is get rid of your own scent,” he said. It’s significant that when given a chance to plug the many fine T... 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

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

Nifty Field-Dressing Tips

Nifty Field-Dressing Tips

By Rob Fetterhoff Jr.

Photo: There's no need for nasty hands. If you haven’t added disposable vinyl gloves to your gear list, you are missing out. Here are some field-dressing tips every hunter should have on hand. Pun intended! Like many hunters, I use disposable gloves while field-dressing my deer. Obviously, gloves minimize the amount of blood on my hands and ... READ MORE

Reverse Range-finding

Reverse Range-finding

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

The Tarsal Hoarder

The Tarsal Hoarder

By Jackie Bushman (as told to Tim H. Martin)

Photo: Jackie Bushman has tagged countless bucks using a combination of modern scents and a tactic he’s used since childhood. Saving and using tarsal glands might be the oldest trick in my hunting book, but those things still work. Something I’ve been doing since I first started deer hunting — long before scent technology arrived... READ MORE

A Different Kind of Resolution

A Different Kind of Resolution

By Diane Mormando and Tim H. Martin

Photo: Appreciating every moment in the deer stand and reflecting upon blessings is a New Year’s resolution every hunter should practice. This New Year, my hunting resolution is to appreciate my precious time in the woods. Hunting is not just about taking a big deer; it’s a special time to look inside your soul and enjoy life. – Diane M... READ MORE

Still-Hunting, Still Awesome

Still-Hunting, Still Awesome

By Tim Knight

Photo: Still-hunting (stalking) presents a different set of challenges than hunting from a blind or stand. Still, it can be both fun and effective. – Photo Courtesy Luke Noffsinger Still-hunting (stalking) presents a different set of challenges than hunting from a blind or treestand. Still, this age-old method can be both fun and effective, a... READ MORE

Deer Marker Arrow

Deer Marker Arrow

By Christopher Anderson

How often has this happened to you? You’ve just shot a deer with your bow or crossbow, and in your excitement, you’ve climbed down from your treestand to start blood trailing before taking note of exactly where the animal stood. When you reach the spot where you thought the deer was standing, you have great difficulty finding it. You&... READ MORE

Trail Cam Hit List Illusions

Trail Cam Hit List Illusions

By Tim H. Martin

Photo: Trail cameras have become the hunter’s best recon tool for evaluating and ambushing big bucks. Trail cameras have become the hunter’s best friend when it comes to planning an ambush for a trophy buck. When creating your hit list, be mindful of a few things. The camera can play tricks with the actual size of a buck’s rack. A... 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

Before You Claim Your Game …

Before You Claim Your Game …

By Matthew McDaniel

Photo: There are steps to follow before claiming downed game of any species. A wounded whitetail is a potentially deadly animal. Here are some things we should all teach our children before they go hunting — this goes for beginner adults, too. My father always taught me that deer's behavior is oftentimes deceptive, especially if they are inj... READ MORE

Mock Scrape Super Tip

Mock Scrape Super Tip

By Paul Odem

Photo: The use of a doe-in-heat or buck-in-rut scent bomb along with a urine-based dripper only adds to the effect. One of my favorite tactics for luring local bucks to my trail cameras or my treestand locations is using mock scrapes. To create a mock scrape, you must have a limb that hangs about head-high to a deer, which is approximately naval- t... READ MORE

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