Stringless Drag Rag
By Torrey Owens
I’m one of those hunters who likes to use drag rags. If you don’t know what a drag rag is, it’s simply a piece of cloth soaked in scent, then attached to the hunter by a string. The rag leaves a scent trail as you walk. But I hate using strings. They snag on everything in your path and create extra noise, especially on dry, windle... READ MORE
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
Turkey Calling — for Deer?
By Matt Maurice
Do you hunt in areas where deer get a lot of pressure from hunters? If so, I have a tip for you that’s pure poison on spooky deer.
You might think my tip is crazy, so first I’ll let you know I’m a veteran hunter with more than 35 years experience and more than 42 bucks to date — triple that number for does.
Years ago, as I... READ MORE
Hunting’s Most Overlooked Resource?
By James Blackmon
As hunters, we are always looking for resources to improve our scouting and hunting. If you are like me, you have spent a lot of time scouring maps, walking properties and talking to farmers and other hunters about where they’ve seen deer. We also invest a lot of research, time and money into scouting technology and hunting gear: digital top... READ MORE
Designated Treestand Days
By Tim H. Martin
For Safety, Fun and Fellowship
Treestands are expensive, yet all-too-often neglected pieces of hunting equipment.
Hunters who leave portable stands attached to trees year round are asking for trouble. The same goes for those (myself included) who don’t always inspect permanent stands before Opening Day. This can be costly and sometimes dang... READ MORE
Hunting’s SECOND Handiest Item?
By David Johnson and Tim H. Martin
Don’t Trim It — Zip It! — Tip Submission by David Johnson I’m one of those hunters who believe the less brush cutting and trimming you do, the less likely Ol’ Big Boy is going to notice your intrusion into his world. Instead of hacking tree branches, I use zip ties to pull back and secure obstructing foliage from of my... READ MORE
Fishing for Bucks
By Ken Piper
Think like an angler when looking for deer on a new tract of land. Because a majority of deer hunters spend at least some time fishing, we’d like to point out that fishing skills can come in handy in the deer woods, too. One of the first things bass fishermen learn is to look for underwater structure – changes in the lake bottom that di... READ MORE
Set Up for Muddy Boots
By Tim H. Martin
In sections of my home state of Alabama, we have a supernaturally sticky type of mud that gives deer hunters fits. The evil gray stuff is not-so-affectionately known as gumbo.
Found mostly in the Black Belt region, gumbo cakes up on the bottom of our boots to the point it often takes five minutes per boot to remove it with a stick. What a waste o... READ MORE
Rack’s Pattern for GIANT KILLERS
By Tim H. Martin | Buckmasters Tip Editor
Photo: Rack Magazine producers have observed a noticeable spike in the use of trail cams in story submissions. I’d like to share an important observation about hunting gear made by Rack Magazine Editor Mike Handley and myself. Since I serve as Rack’s art director as well as the editor of Buckmasters Tip of the Week, I thought it only fi... READ MORE
Hang Your Ladder Stands Safely
By Hunter Safety System
Hanging treestands is one of the more difficult and dangerous tasks hunters face — even ladder stands. Our friends at Hunter Safety System created a short video entitled "How to Hang a Ladder Stand Safely" that will help put your mind at ease and make the job easier. It features tips for installing what we at Buckmasters consider to be the mo... READ MORE
Staying Put: Virtues and Perils
By Rich Williams and Tim H. Martin
When you are an invited guest on someone’s hunting property and they put you in a spot, DO NOT leave early or go roaming around, even if you aren’t seeing anything. Wait until your host comes to get you, because you could get lost or put yourself in a dangerous situation with other hunters. This happened to someone hunting with me; they... READ MORE
Scent Surroundings & Odor Killing
By David Cruson
Photo: Matching cover scents to the areas you are hunting is as important as using topical odor killing sprays. At a time when companies are dedicated to putting the best possible cover scents on the market, I’ve found many deer hunters are buying products that don’t even apply to their hunting areas. This makes no sense to me. If a hu... READ MORE
Old Timer's Bag o' Tricks
By Richard Brubaker
If you are like me, you enjoy saving and eating the heart and liver from your deer. The problem is getting these tasty parts out of the woods without losing them or making a mess. Sure, you can put them in a plastic bag or game pouch, but then you have to transport the bloody pouch in your hands, pocket or backpack while you drag. Here's an old tim... 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
Laser Blood Trail Pointer
By Mark Kay
When it comes to trailing deer, the task can become confusing and difficult in the dark.
Getting the blood trail right from the start is incredibly important and easy to mess up, especially if you have other hunters chipping in to help.
Experienced hunters know how easy it is to destroy evidence of a hit when several pairs of boots are stomping a... READ MORE