Tips & Tactics

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

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

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

Rethink Still-Hunting

Rethink Still-Hunting

By Ken Piper

Many hunters look on still-hunting – the art of slowly creeping through the woods hoping to sneak up on a big buck – as something to do when deer sightings are slow and patience runs out. Regular practitioners of the still-hunt, however, know it requires a great deal of patience – even more patience than stump-sitting. The still-h... READ MORE

Easy Turkey Decoy (and Other Gear) Repair

Easy Turkey Decoy (and Other Gear) Repair

By Jim Harkless

Turkey decoys take a lot of abuse. After several years of folding mine and stuffing them into my backpack, the seams on the undersides have begun to split and separate. This seems to be fairly common with inflatable, foam and rubber decoys. The splitting usually occurs around the area where the stakes go into place. But the busted seam will eventua... READ MORE

Pre-seasoned Venison Trick

Pre-seasoned Venison Trick

By J. R. Reisinger

I really enjoyed the venison tip and memories in Harley Trumbo’s “A Venison vs. Deer Meat Story.” The funny stories about how his father field dressed, handled and cooked their venison brought back memories of my own father. Dad did many of the same things when I was a kid, and our venison always turned out tough and gamey, too! A... READ MORE

Go With Your Gut!

Go With Your Gut!

By Mike Handley

Photo: The night before he arrowed this Nebraska brute, Rack magazine editor Mike Handley bought The Can on a whim. Going with his gut has worked well for Mike during his long and successful hunting career. Going with your instincts is an important element of deer hunting. Sure, experimenting in the field will sometimes result in flubs, but experim... 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

Shooting Angles Made Easy

Shooting Angles Made Easy

By Joshua Clifton

I was reintroduced to archery about five years ago, and since then I’ve learned a lot about the sport, but not without some difficulties with proper shot placement. Early on, I had several opportunities to harvest a deer; however, the anatomy of a white-tailed deer was a mystery. If I aimed behind the shoulder, as is standard, sometimes the ... READ MORE

Pausing Hand Warmers

Pausing Hand Warmers

By Kevin Sundholm

Photo: Michigan deer hunter and tip contributor Kevin Sundholm shares his trick for getting more life out of hand warmers. Most hunters have used hand warmers at one time or another. I’m talking about the air-activated type in a little bag, not the metal kind that requires the burning of fuel. The typical scenario goes something like this: T... READ MORE

The Deer Camp Fridge Test

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

10 Pre-Season Crossbow Maintenance Tips

10 Pre-Season Crossbow Maintenance Tips

By Bryan Zabitski, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies

With white-tailed deer archery season quickly approaching in most states, now is a good time to take your crossbow out of storage and ready it for hunting this fall. Here are 10 maintenance tips that will help ensure that your crossbow is in peak shooting condition for the upcoming crossbow hunting season: 1) Check your crossbow for dirt or grit. I... READ MORE

Eliminate Tree-hugger Stands

Eliminate Tree-hugger Stands

By Mike Stamp

Have you ever tried to stand up and draw your bow in a fixed-position stand that had been set up crookedly? It can be scary and dangerous. When I set up my stands, I like to get them comfortably level from the get-go. That’s why I bring a 6-inch level with me on treestand setup day. First, I lay the level on the foot platform, making sure it ... READ MORE

Don’t Overlook Eye Safety

Don’t Overlook Eye Safety

By Bob Henry

We all want to be safe when we’re out there hunting and return home without any injuries. After a recent accident, I wanted to share a safety tip with Buckmasters members and everyone who hunts. Hopefully, my story will prevent them from going through the same awful experience I just went through. Earlier this season, when I got down from my... READ MORE

Rimfire Roundup Remedy

Rimfire Roundup Remedy

By Bruce King

With squirrel season upon us, and since many Buckmasters fans also hunt small game, here is a simple tip for those of us who hunt with .22s and rimfire rifles. Trying to reload on the run and scrambling to find more ammo in your pockets is difficult, especially when you’re trying to keep one eye on a limb-hopping bushytail. It’s also ... READ MORE

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