Tips & Tactics

De-stinkify Your Hands

De-stinkify Your Hands

By Tim H. Martin

When I think back to the time I shot and field dressed my first buck, I can still remember the frustrations of trying to get the stink off my hands. That was nearly 40 years ago. Mind you, these were extra funky rutty hands, because I’d somehow managed to grab the buck’s hock glands while dragging it out of the woods — the classic... READ MORE

Space Blanket Uses for Deer Hunters

Space Blanket Uses for Deer Hunters

By Bob Takeo

Before deer season starts, I buy a couple of space blankets to use in a number of different ways in the field. I split one of the blankets into two smaller units by asking my wife to cut it in half and sew shut the cut edges. Next, I fold up my blankets tightly, seal them in a ziplock bag and place in my backpack. They take up very little room an... READ MORE

Field Test Before D-Day

Field Test Before D-Day

By Brion Whitten and Tim H. Martin

Whether you are a bowhunter or gunhunter, make sure to wear the same clothes and use the same gear you will be hunting with. This will prevent problems before the moment of truth arrives. — Brion Whitten Editor’s Note, by Tim H. Martin: When I think of grand mistakes caused by not practicing with the same gear used in an actual event, ... READ MORE

Hear Like a Deer Hears

Hear Like a Deer Hears

By Andrew Marley

Although I consider myself a novice outdoorsman, I’d like to share a tip for stalking given to me by a hunting buddy who has taught me a lot. When I walk to my stand, stalk or still hunt, I like to wear my Walker’s Game Ear headphones. Although originally developed as a hearing protection device, I’ve found the headphones also wo... READ MORE

Whitetail Vapor Trails

Whitetail Vapor Trails

By Jeffrey Chancellor

My tip is an easily overlooked method of detecting bedded deer. Have you ever hunted on a frosty morning and feared deer would see you because of the vapor cloud created by your breath? I have. Sometimes, when a deer is staring me down, I’ve even tried holding my breath to avoid detection — it’s impossible! The same dilemma holds... READ MORE

Divine Fruit, Divine — Rub?

Divine Fruit, Divine — Rub?

By Greg Lawrentz

Whitetails LOVE persimmons! That’s why I rub them on my boots and clothing. The smell is natural and serves as both a cover scent and an attractant. – Editor’s Note: by Tim H. Martin Greg’s use of persimmons to rub on his hunting clothes sounds sticky, but given how much deer love them, maybe he’s on to something. I kn... READ MORE

Loading Heavy Animals Alone

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

Hunting Food Plots

Hunting Food Plots

By Bob Humphrey & Yamaha Outdoors

Harvest time is here. The work is done and it’s time to reap the benefits of your labor. These tips will help you be more effective at hunting your food plots. 1) Afternoons Are Better It’s usually better to hunt food plots in the afternoon. That way you can get in early and set up before the deer start moving. Going in... READ MORE

Doe-Re-Mi

Doe-Re-Mi

By Ken Piper

Which does are best to target for removal, young or mature? You’ve probably read many articles recommending taking big, healthy does to help reduce deer populations. And that’s not bad advice. It’s just not necessarily the best advice in all situations. Some biologists are taking a new approach to thinning herds and are recommendi... READ MORE

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

Secondary Treestands

Secondary Treestands

By Richard Squires

Most hunting clubs are typically set up with permanent shooting houses or blinds overlooking every greenfield and food plot. These stands are effective, but they get hunted — a lot. As the season progresses and hunters have shot several deer from these structures, whitetails become wise to what is going on. They become leery. You’ve pr... READ MORE

Your Built-in Sandbag

Your Built-in Sandbag

By Tim H. Martin

In an earlier Buckmasters Tip of the Week, we discussed how using sandbags on shooting rails helps increase accuracy and steadies your firearm at the moment of truth. Another tip discussed using an old sock filled with dirt as a makeshift sandbag to hang on shooting rails. There are times when you won’t have access to sandbags or socks, but... READ MORE

Evergreen Rubdown

Evergreen Rubdown

By Wesley J. Cagle

One of my personal favorite tips is something I’ve done for a long time, and it really works for tricking a deer’s nose. I’m almost never winded, and have had countless deer walk within feet of me. It’s become a routine now. All I do is take fresh pine needles — preferably from a young tree — and break them ever... READ MORE

The Disappearing Hunter Trick

The Disappearing Hunter Trick

By Mark Skiles

This great trick was taught to me well over 50 years ago, but it’s just as effective today. It all started when I was a lad of twelve. I was squirrel hunting with Andrew Ewart, a Pennsylvania Deputy Game Warden. Officer Ewart and I walked through the woods until we came upon a stump in a squirrelly-looking area. He had me sit on the stump and... 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

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