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
Back in Black
By Tim H. Martin
Black clothing can stand out nearly as much as white in the forest during daylight hours, but there is a place for black in the hunting world. I first learned the downside of wearing black in 2005, while bowhunting in Illinois. I'd accidentally left my camo hat in camp and had to use the only headgear I had in my backpack, a solid black fleece bea... READ MORE
Coming Home Alive
By Rene Borne
Photo: A fist-sized survival item gives outdoorsmen a sense of comfort in the backcountry. Tip Editor Tim H. Martin knows all too well — shown here moments before getting slammed by an ice storm. Thirty years of elk hunting in the mountains of Western Washington have taught me an important lesson every hunter should practice: Be prepared... READ MORE
Avoid Taking Button Bucks
By Ken Piper
Harvesting does is the cornerstone of every deer management plan, but how do you know the doe you’re about to shoot isn’t a button buck instead? This can be especially challenging when hunting along greenfields. Button bucks haven’t had time to fully develop their survival skills, making them particularly vulnerable when their mot... READ MORE
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.
5 gallon bucket with handle
Jon Boat seat Swivel base (the square kind that will fit flat against bucket)
Pencil or marker Drill and drill bit (likely 1/4")
Bolts, washers... READ MORE
Do You Have a Record in the Attic?
By Tim H. Martin
I think we'd be amazed if we knew just how many record book antlers are gathering dust in attics and garages across the country, yet never get any recognition. As the art director for Rack Magazine, I’ve designed dozens of stories about state and world record bucks that surfaced after decades of going undiscovered in closets, hardware stores ... READ MORE
Nature’s Deer Alarms
By Cecil Adkins
Here’s a tip for Buckmasters fans I use when hunting in thick places such as overgrown fields, dense cutovers, heavy woods and sapling tickets. In places like this it’s often difficult, if not impossible, to monitor all directions for approaching whitetails. You simply cannot see far enough into the thick stuff. But Mother Nature has an... READ MORE
Your Secret Buck Sanctuary
By Tim H. Martin
Throughout my two decades of experience in the hunting industry, I've met some incredibly wise hunters, both professional and amateur. I've learned a lot just from listening to and observing the many successful men and women of the outdoors who have crossed my path. One of the best philosophies I've picked up on is to find a great stand site and NO... 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
Binoculars Stabilizer Trick
By Roger Bouch
Photo: This method of stabilizing binoculars becomes second nature after using it a few times. Here's a tip many hunters from the western part of the country use a lot, but those of us east of the Mississippi might not know about. I'm from Oregon, and I've noticed other hunters from the western United States use this trick frequently because long r... 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
Pass? Shoot? Wait?
By Michael O’Brien and Tim H. Martin
Photo: A deer’s body angle, your adrenaline, a deer’s demeanor and confident shooting are all part of making effective shots. Have you ever panicked when a deer showed up? Have you ever fired a shot with the adrenaline pumping and before the optimum shot was offered? If you are an experienced hunter, you probably know what happens next,... READ MORE
It’s in the Bag
By Joe Palermo
Several years ago, I started carrying an ordinary household item that has proved itself valuable for a variety of hunting purposes: heavy-duty plastic garbage or leaf bags.
Initially, I used the bags to tote meat out of the woods. I’d quarter my deer and place the venison in them to keep dirt and leaves off the meat. This also kept blood off... READ MORE
Deer Movement — Beyond the Basics
By Scott T. Evans | Owner of Tall Tails Adventures
Some outdoor TV shows and magazines only teach hunters the basics behind deer movement, along with simplistic tips on how to find and intercept white-tailed deer on their property. The fundamentals they teach are usually something along the lines of: Know where the bedding areas are. Know where the feeding areas are. Know wind direction. Although t... READ MORE
Hunting the Peak of Rut
By Bob Humphrey & Yamaha Outdoors
If you live in whitetail country anywhere in the northern two thirds of the country you’re probably at or very close to the peak of the whitetail rut right now. This can be a very exciting time to hunt. It can also be a very frustrating one. Some folks prefer the early season because bucks are much more at ease, hanging close to home ... READ MORE