Tips & Tactics

‘Move like snails, see less tails!’

‘Move like snails, see less tails!’

By Anonymous in a Treestand and Tim H. Martin

As most experienced hunters probably know, hunting from a treestand is a great way to see farther into the woods and keep our scent above deer, which is a huge advantage. My tip: Don’t get complacent while climbing and sitting, and don’t make a lot of unnecessary movement even though you are above a deer’s line of sight. Deer can ... READ MORE

Fences Concentrate Deer Trails

Fences Concentrate Deer Trails

By Ken Piper

Use these obstacles to your advantage when selecting stand sites. Fences are common in many deer hunting areas, and it’s easy to find heavily used crossings. Deer cross fences by ducking under or jumping over. Either way, they tend to leave hair on the wire or wood. Where they duck under, they wallow out a distinct depression and kill the veg... READ MORE

Military-style Planning for Hunters

Military-style Planning for Hunters

By U.S. Army Maj. (Ret.) Ryan Choate

Critical to any military operation is Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB). I've found the military decision-making process (MDMP) is not unlike the preseason planning process a deer hunter must go through. In the military, we want to know how, when, where and with what the enemy will attack. We gather this information through variou... READ MORE

Cool Hunting Product Alert: OMEALS

Cool Hunting Product Alert: OMEALS

By Tim H. Martin

I’m always on the lookout for cool new products for Buckmasters fans. When I received an email from an agency promoting a ‘self-heating home style meal requiring no stove or flame,’ I was intrigued. The email explained all you need is 3 to 5 ounces of liquid to activate the heating pack — even old coffee or creek water! I h... READ MORE

Create Antler Rubbing Posts

Create Antler Rubbing Posts

By William Cuthbert

One surefire way to learn if there is buck activity in your area is finding fresh rubbings on small trees, saplings or fence posts. Before the season starts, I have a buck indicator trick I like to use in or around the fields of my hunting property. Harvested agricultural fields are prime spots to check for rubs, but saplings don’t always gro... READ MORE

Treestand Noise Dampener

Treestand Noise Dampener

By Thomas R. Kelley

Most of the time, I hunt from a ladder stand. They are awesome once you've settled in, but have a bad reputation for being noisy while you ascend and descend. Even if I take my time climbing and am careful to be quiet on the way up, gear will often bang against the sides of the ladder, and the legs will sometimes creak. Another noise factor is wh... READ MORE

The Grunt Effect

The Grunt Effect

By Jeff Hayes

It seems like no matter how quietly hunters try to get set up in our stands, we always make at least a little unwanted noise in the process. Between walking on dry leaves, breaking sticks, huffing, puffing, shaking limbs as we scale trees, and the dinging of metal on metal, it’s impossible not to make some sort of racket. And it doesn’t... READ MORE

Mock Scrape Super Tip

Mock Scrape Super Tip

By Paul Odem

Photo: The use of a doe-in-heat or buck-in-rut scent bomb along with a urine-based dripper only adds to the effect. One of my favorite tactics for luring local bucks to my trail cameras or my treestand locations is using mock scrapes. To create a mock scrape, you must have a limb that hangs about head-high to a deer, which is approximately naval- t... READ MORE

Know Your Nuts

Know Your Nuts

By Ken Piper

Acorns are not like wine, and white is definitely better than red. Acorns are one of the white-tailed deer’s favorite foods, but getting a buck isn’t as simple as finding an oak tree and setting an egg timer until a bruiser walks in. There are several different types of oaks, and the subtle differences are important. Deer prefer white o... READ MORE

In 2016, Remember to Remember

In 2016, Remember to Remember

By Tim H. Martin

Photo: In June of 1997, Tim H. Martin made a resolution to take his first buck with a bow. He succeeded that October with this little twisty-racked 3-pointer — a true trophy at the time. Nearly 20 years later, Tim realizes the memories and photos of his career have been as much fun as the hunts themselves. My favorite author once wrote &ldquo... READ MORE

Scent Surroundings & Odor Killing

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

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

Screw-in Tree Step Tips

Screw-in Tree Step Tips

By Brian Buzby and Tim H. Martin

I am a hunter who prefers hang-on or lock-on style treestands. Screw-in tree steps are my favorite method for getting up and down. As you’ve probably experienced, getting tree steps started can be quite difficult in certain species of trees with thick or hard bark. It can be a real pain to get a bite into wood, even with small screw-in access... READ MORE

Keys to Early-season Success

Keys to Early-season Success

By Yamaha Outdoors & Bob Humphrey

For many hunters, deer season conjures up images of cold, frosty mornings and bare trees. But bow seasons, and even some gun seasons start early in many states, giving hunters a chance to ply their avocation under much milder conditions. But deer behavior patterns can be quite different this time of year and knowing how they differ from later in t... READ MORE

Easy Casings Cleanup

Easy Casings Cleanup

By Grayson Albers

I much prefer target practice on a friend’s property rather than paying to use a private range or waiting my turn at a public range. My friends are kind enough to allow me to practice on their place, and appreciate me not leaving garbage or brass behind. Cleanup is easy enough to do with trash, but it’s often difficult to find all the ... READ MORE

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