Pre-seasoned Venison Trick
By J. R. Reisinger
I really enjoyed the venison tip and memories in Harley Trumbo’s “A Venison vs. Deer Meat Story.” The funny stories about how his father field dressed, handled and cooked their venison brought back memories of my own father. Dad did many of the same things when I was a kid, and our venison always turned out tough and gamey, too! A... READ MORE
Love Those Rubber Gloves
By Rob Fetterhoff Jr.
Photo: Rob Fetterhoff Jr. sends us a unique tip for using vinyl gloves. Here, the hunter poses with a pretty 8-pointer he took on the southern tier of the Empire State’s western side. Like many hunters, I use disposable gloves while field-dressing my deer. Obviously, gloves minimize the amount of blood on my hands and sleeves, but here’... READ MORE
Raking in the Bucks
By Lee Hutcherson
Hunting is my new passion, but my wife would probably say it’s my new obsession. I took up the sport three short years ago at age 43, and I’ve loved chasing whitetails in my home state of Mississippi, as well as at my club in Tennessee. Although fairly new at it, I’m learning fast, and I’m having great success. As a newbie, ... READ MORE
Compass Usage for Treestand Setups
By Larry Brown
Experienced hunters use a compass for more than just map reading.
To make my treestands most effective during hunting season, I always carry a compass. I use it when picking out a tree and deciding which direction to face my stand. Here's why:
Knowing your bearings is essential for the initial stand set up. If you guess and get it wrong, you'll l... READ MORE
Open Field Yardage Markers
By Neal Gagner
Open fields always seem to be my favorite places to hunt. Where I live, the deer appear at the woods edge, then enter the hay or cornfields where I then have to figure out the yardage. In the deep woods, I can use my rangefinder to mark objects such as trees, rocks and stumps. But open fields rarely have distinguishing features to mark with a rang... READ MORE
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
Doe-in-rut Lures Year-round? You Bet!
By Mike Beal
Photo: Whether the leaves are green, turning colors, or there is snow on the ground, doe-in-rut (estrous) lures attract bucks year-round. I've been bowhunting deer for 30 years, and I’ve heard many hunters argue that using deer scents out of season, particularly when there’s no rut, is a waste of time. After several experiences I’... READ MORE
Turn Thick Spots into Hot Spots
By Frank Glass
Hunting where visibility is limited can be challenging. I live in Alabama where thick timber, pine groves, briars, brambles and dense undergrowth are the norm. No hunter has confidence watching a spot where they can’t see very far. But I’ve learned there are ways to use dense areas to my advantage. In the Deep South, I’ve seen hun... READ MORE
Are You Shooting for Speed or Power with Your Hunting Crossbow?
By Bryan Zabitski, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies
These days, speed seems to be the primary selling feature of most hunting crossbows. With so much emphasis being put on speed, it is a good time to discuss an arrow’s kinetic energy and why it is important to consider its significance in the context of crossbow shooting and hunting. A lighter arrow that shoots faster out of your crossbow may ... READ MORE
Rolling Along the Blood Trail
By Don Coffman
Photo: Finding and staying on a blood trail is difficult enough in the daylight, but after dark it can be nearly impossible. This tip will help you keep rolling along. One thing I always carry with me on hunting trips is unscented toilet paper. But it might not be for the purpose you are thinking. Bright white toilet paper is perfect for tearing of... READ MORE
Don’t Split that Neck! Use the Y Cut
By Dave Graber
Photo: Dave Graber says there’s no need to split the entire neck of your buck when removing the cape. A small Y cut is MUCH better. Next time you shoot a buck you’d like to mount, but plan to cape (remove the skin from the skull) and freeze for later, do your taxidermist a favor. Don’t split the skin all the way up the back of the... READ MORE
Dark Woods Dilemma?
By Cyndie Fox
Photo: Alaskans like Cyndie Fox are prepared for short days and handling situations in the dark. Shown here with a black-tailed buck and gorgeous Arctic fox, Cyndie shares a great tip with whitetail hunters. Buckmasters fans, hello from Anchorage, Alaska! Although we don’t have whitetails like you in the lower 48, we do have black-tailed deer... 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
Keys to Pre-season Trail Cam Recon
By Jack Baker
God created a variety of food sources that sustain wildlife throughout the year. To take advantage and intercept deer with your trail cameras, you’ll need to figure out the growing schedule in your area. Here in Georgia, I begin setting out my trail cams the last week of June. This is because wild cherries are starting to drop. Bucks LOVE wil... 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