Tips & Tactics

De-stinkify Your Hands

De-stinkify Your Hands

By Tim H. Martin

When I think back to the time I shot and field dressed my first buck, I can still remember the frustrations of trying to get the stink off my hands. That was nearly 40 years ago. Mind you, these were extra funky rutty hands, because I’d somehow managed to grab the buck’s hock glands while dragging it out of the woods — the classic... 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

What Does ‘Antler Burn’ Mean?

What Does ‘Antler Burn’ Mean?

By Tim H. Martin

After 21 years in the outdoor industry and 40-plus years of hunting white-tailed deer, I thought I knew everything there was to know about antlers. Recently, I learned something about mysterious scrape marks I’d seen on several racks throughout the years, yet never paid much attention to. One of these subtle markings appeared on the outer mai... READ MORE

Take Great Field Photos: Part Two

Take Great Field Photos: Part Two

By Tim H. Martin

Last week we shared tips for taking magazine quality field photos, techniques used by hunting industry professionals, and the frustrations of magazine editors over bad field photos. Field photos, also known as grip-and-grins, are photos of hunters posing with their freshly killed animals, usually taken by a friend or relative of the hunter. This we... READ MORE

Field Test Before D-Day

Field Test Before D-Day

By Brion Whitten and Tim H. Martin

Whether you are a bowhunter or gunhunter, make sure to wear the same clothes and use the same gear you will be hunting with. This will prevent problems before the moment of truth arrives. — Brion Whitten Editor’s Note, by Tim H. Martin: When I think of grand mistakes caused by not practicing with the same gear used in an actual event, ... READ MORE

Hay Bale Hideaways

Hay Bale Hideaways

By Frank Mayes

I’ve hunted in Missouri for many years. Until the past few seasons, ground blinds and ladder stands have been the main types of stands I’ve hunted from. Now, I’m discovering one of the most effective ways to ambush whitetails is from behind hay bales. I’ve had deer walk within 10 feet of me and never know I was there! My set... READ MORE

Buck Whispering

Buck Whispering

By Jimmy Little (as told to Tim H. Martin)

When my friend and former coworker Jimmy Little first described his favorite deer-calling tactic, I thought he was pranking me. “I talk to deer,” he said, with a completely sincere face. “And not just deer, but any animal I’m after — bears, turkey, elk . . . even fish.” I scratched my head and asked, “You m... 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

Do-It-Yourself Swivel Stool

Do-It-Yourself Swivel Stool

By V. Crews

Here’s an easy-to-make and very comfortable hunting seat. It’s lightweight, portable, swivels and is a good height for just about anyone. Seat Items: 5 gallon bucket with handle Jon Boat seat Swivel base (the square kind that will fit flat against bucket) Tools: Pencil or marker Drill and drill bit (likely 1/4") Bolts, washers... READ MORE

Shoot-Tuning Crossbow Arrows for Greater Field Accuracy

Shoot-Tuning Crossbow Arrows for Greater Field Accuracy

By Bryan Zabitski, Marketing Coordinator, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies

When you purchase a new six-pack of arrows, how do you determine which of the arrows you will use for hunting? While manufacturers take great care in building arrows as consistently as possible, small variations from one arrow to the next may have a large impact on whether the arrows will group with each other. If you really wish to shoot as accura... 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

Say Yes to a ‘Big No-No’

Say Yes to a ‘Big No-No’

By Gregory Taylor

Photo: Gregory Taylor has been an avid and successful bowhunter for more than 30 years. His tip is one of the more unusual tactics we’ve seen in recent memory. It might just be crazy enough to work! I’ve been an avid and successful bowhunter for more than 30 years. The tip I’d like to share with Buckmasters fans might seem a bit u... READ MORE

Blades Up!

Blades Up!

By Tim H. Martin

I learned a lot about skinning animals from hanging with world-class taxidermists most of my life. Several of my best friends are award-winning “taxis” who have created mounts any sportsman would drool over. In 1974, when I was 11 years old, my best friend’s father, Dan Rhymer, was a taxidermist for The Smithsonian Institution. On... READ MORE

Compass Usage for Treestand Setups

Compass Usage for Treestand Setups

By Larry Brown

Experienced hunters use a compass for more than just map reading. To make my treestands most effective during hunting season, I always carry a compass. I use it when picking out a tree and deciding which direction to face my stand. Here's why: Knowing your bearings is essential for the initial stand set up. If you guess and get it wrong, you'll l... 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

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