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
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
Thanks, Pop! And All Hunting Mentors
By Tim H. Martin
This Thanksgiving, take a minute to thank the person who introduced you to hunting. If they have since passed, please use that minute to remember them. I am thanking my father, Larry K. Martin. Thanksgiving Day 2017 will mark exactly 40 years since he took me on my first white-tailed deer hunt. FORTY YEARS! On Thursday, November 24, 1977, I had no ... READ MORE
Living Buck Sensors: Other Deer
By Tim H. Martin
When a deer approaches a treestand or steps onto a food plot, the inexperienced hunter’s instinct is to shoot it as soon as possible, or before it gets away. There’s nothing wrong with that if the only goal is to quickly fill a tag and head to the processor, but it robs beginners of important learning experiences that will serve them w... READ MORE
Loading Heavy Animals Alone
By Hilario Pena
Photo: No, it’s not a world record whitetail doe; it’s a female nilgai antelope from South Texas. A hunter on a neighboring property wounded it, so Hilario Pena had to finish it off when it hobbled onto his ranch. Hilario uses a two-rope trick to load heavy creatures like this by himself. My tip is an easy two-rope method of loading hea... READ MORE
Off Season Hunting Tips
By Russ Whalen
Just because the season ends doesn’t mean you have to give up hunting. Well, with a weapon anyway.
For many reasons, I like to try to spend as much time as possible in my hunting stand during the off season.
There is less hunting pressure then, so deer will be less skittish, and you can observe them acting more like themselves when the guns... READ MORE
Kitchen Gadget Arrow Puller
By Jim Kotsones
Have you ever had trouble pulling wet arrows from targets, or buried your arrows so deeply into a new target that you struggled to remove them with bare fingers? I certainly have.
Slick aluminum or graphite arrows with small-diameter shafts can also be incredibly hard to pull from targets. You can actually develop shoulder and elbow injuries if yo... READ MORE
No. 1 Tip for No. 2
By Joseph Bellapianta
Although we don't often see the subject of going to the bathroom in the woods as a topic for hunting magazines, TV shows or websites, it's still an issue every hunter must face from time to time.
After our baby was born, I learned there is something better than toilet paper of paper towels to use in the woods when it's time to face the dreaded num... READ MORE
Old-timer’s Scent Mask
By Thomas Bradford
For hunters who need a scent mask in a pinch, or those who can't afford to buy scent killer sprays, there’s a simple solution I've used all my life: cedar trees.
In the Tennessee foothills where I'm from, cedar trees are abundant. When I head out hunting, I always cut a little limb off and roll it in my hands, then rub it all over my clothin... READ MORE
Add ‘Guest Vest’ to Your Checklist
By Lee Hutcherson
Since hunting season has arrived, I want to remind my fellow hunters about keeping extra gear, including one special item that few of us keep as a spare. Exceptional whitetail hunters know success depends on preparedness before the season starts, beginning with archery and firearm practice. But what about after the season is underway? Checklist Re... READ MORE
Curing the Wet Slate Blues
By Christopher Anderson
Here’s a question for my fellow turkey hunters. Have you ever gotten set up on some birds just before sunrise; the hens and gobblers are all talking. You pick up your favorite slate call just as the turkeys begin to pitch down only to find morning dew has dampened the call surface and it won’t make a sound? This has happened to me more ... READ MORE
Best to Bomb That Blind
By Jamie Terrell
The first time you hunt from a deer stand could be one of the most dangerous. This is especially true in early season. As many hunters have experienced, wasps, hornets and wild bees find box blinds and shooting houses to be perfect places to build their nests over the summer months. Getting stung while climbing a ladder is a scary scenario. Some pe... READ MORE
Trail Cam Tip for Streetwise Bucks
By James Howell
Photo: This tactic helps you decide if a change in treestand sites is in order once mature bucks seem to vanish. Placing trail cameras to overlook a pile of corn or some type of feeder is probably the most common method of buck surveillance used by whitetail hunters. While you can have success capturing images of bucks in your area in the summer, p... READ MORE
Rattling & The Be-Bold Mindset
By Willard Sullivan
Photo: Whether bowhunting or firearm hunting, many hunters are losing their fear of rattling. I have a story I’d like to share with Buckmasters fans. What happened inspired more of a mindset than a tip, and it’s incredibly worthwhile. Last season, I watched a massive-bodied buck appear across the property line and, at first, I simply ho... READ MORE
DIY PVC Paper Tuners
By Jack Baker
A lot of us have access to large desktop calendars like the 17 X 22 versions used in many offices. I collect the old ones from our office to use for paper tuning my bow, and I’ve also found other uses for them as a hunter.
I always paper tune my bow to achieve the best possible arrow flight, which gives my arrows maximum penetration on deer... READ MORE