Double Up On SCENTLOK
By Wes Fox
You can say what you want to say about scent-elimination clothing, but I honestly believe if used correctly, these products can really help hunters fool a deer's nose. For some time now, I've been doubling up on my SCENTLOK clothing. I like to do this especially when bowhunting for whitetails, and I have noticed I've been able to see more deer at c... READ MORE
Virtually Perfect Practice
By Ken Piper, Executive Editor | Buckmasters
If I told you I’ve shot a thousand or more trophy bucks, you’d think I was either a poacher or a liar. I’m neither, and although the vast majority of those bucks were shot in a virtual setting, that experience has done more for my real bowhunting than any other type of practice or expensive gear. I’ve been shooting video hun... READ MORE
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
Hailing a Taxi (dermist)
By Tim H. Martin
Taxidermy has improved since the days of neck mounted, bug-eyed bucks with ears pointed straight ahead, fading fast and hair falling out in clumps. The subject of preserving your trophy is often overlooked. These tips will allow you to admire your mounts 20, 30, 40 years from now, or longer. Many hunters are not aware of what’s available to ... READ MORE
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
Three Outside-the-Box Tips
By Amy Young
Buckmasters fan Amy Young sent us three unusual tips that have helped in her hunting career. She definitely thinks outside the box!Tip One: Local Ingredient Sponges To make my own natural-scent sponges, I take local ingredients: dirt, leaves and materials from around my stand, then mix with water and strain. Next, I place the water in a sealable co... READ MORE
Bottlenecks and Funnels
By Ken Piper
Anything that brings more deer into less space increases your odds of success. Last week’s tip about fences was an example of the funnel effect, where a natural or man-made feature concentrates deer travel. But there are many types of funnels and bottlenecks that give you a better chance of seeing deer. When studying aerial photos or scouting... READ MORE
Warmers in Extreme Cold
By William Sharp
My tip is a follow up to a 2013 Buckmasters Tip of the Week submitted by bowhunter Stacy Vaccaro.
Stacy explained how she uses disposable hand and toe warmers on her arms and shoulders to keep her muscles loose enough to draw her bow in the extreme cold of Wisconsin.
Buckmasters Tip Editor Tim H. Martin added how he learned to put hand and toe wa... 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.
H... READ MORE
Salvaging Torn Gear
By David Cowart
Over the years, I have thrown away countless backpacks, pants, shirts, bibs and other gear when they got a rip or tear because they would only stay fixed a short time. Trying to mend them seems to be a big waste time.
All the strain and abuse my hunting clothing, gear and accessories go through is just too much for ordinary thread, so I decided to... 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
Smooth Is the Groove
By Ken Piper
We’d all like to improve our shooting, whether we use a gun, a bow or both. We owe it to the animals we hunt to make the best shot possible, and nobody wants to miss the trophy of a lifetime. There are books on proper shooting, but everyone can benefit from this simple tip: The moment of release is critical to a good shot. "Punching" the trig... READ MORE
Bowhunting Mentality for Gun Season
By Bryan Smith
I am a 56-year-old hunter who has been chasing whitetails for 35 of those years. Bowhunting is a passion, and early in my career I learned to work hard to stay undetected by deer within spitting distance. Like most serious bowhunters, I shower with scent-free soap/shampoo, wash every item of my clothes in scent-free detergent, avoid smoke or perfu... READ MORE
Wet Weather Gun Barrel Tip
By Tony Graves
When I'm out on a muzzleloader hunt, I always take a small piece of electric tape and place the tape over the end of my gun barrel.
This is really an advantage on rainy days and on mornings when heavy dew is falling.
The tape keeps moisture out of the barrel which could lead to problems with the primer igniting my powder pellets.
But I also use ... 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