Tips & Tactics

The Tarsal Hoarder

The Tarsal Hoarder

By Jackie Bushman (as told to Tim H. Martin)

Photo: Jackie Bushman has tagged countless bucks using a combination of modern scents and a tactic he’s used since childhood. Saving and using tarsal glands might be the oldest trick in my hunting book, but those things still work. Something I’ve been doing since I first started deer hunting — long before scent technology arrived... 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

Scouting Is More Than Putting Out a Trail Cam

Scouting Is More Than Putting Out a Trail Cam

By Ken Piper

For many of us, scouting is half the fun of hunting – and with good reason. There’s nothing like the feeling of finding concentrated buck sign and trying to picture the buck that made it. But scouting is more than just finding good sign and picking a nearby tree on which to place a stand. Many of us spend a lot of time hunting stands th... READ MORE

Build Whitetails’ Tolerance for ATVs

Build Whitetails’ Tolerance for ATVs

By Al Zwick

One characteristic I’ve noticed among white-tailed deer is, when given proper conditioning, they will develop a comfort level with ATVs, farm machinery and motorized vehicles. Knowing this trait has helped make my life easier, and I use it to gain an edge when hunting season rolls around. Through conditioning, I’m now able to drive dir... READ MORE

Scent-soaked Sock Secret

Scent-soaked Sock Secret

By Armand Tetreault

Photo: Armand Tetreault wasn’t afraid to try an unusual tactic. In only four years, it has helped him put 13 deer in the freezer, including this Rhode Island buck. I am 54 years old and fairly new to the sport of whitetail hunting. Since my hunting career hasn’t been all that long, many hunters might assume I wouldn’t have much to... READ MORE

Hunting the Peak of Rut

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

Dropped Gear Retriever

Dropped Gear Retriever

By Phil Archdeacon

Photo: Phil Archdeacon — shown here with a great 10-pointer — sent us a very useful tip. The hunter from Rock Tavern, NY figured out a way to retrieve things he dropped from his treestand without having to climb down. Have you ever gotten settled into your treestand only to drop something important, then have to go through the hassle of... READ MORE

Priority One: Take Kids Hunting

Priority One: Take Kids Hunting

By Yamaha Outdoors & Bob Humphrey

With the season now underway, it’s time to achieve those resolutions you made in January. If you’re an adult who cares about hunting’s future, there’s one resolution that should be a priority: Take kids hunting this year.   The future of hunting rests firmly on the shoulders of youngsters who take up the sport, an... READ MORE

4WD Safety Tips

4WD Safety Tips

By Nationwide

Because so many Buckmasters members own four-wheel drive vehicles, these tips from a driving school instructor could teach hunters a thing or two about 4WD safety on the main road. "The byproduct of seeing nature off-road is that you gain respect for it," says Bruce Elfstrom, the CEO of Overland Experts, a Connecticut-based off-road driving school... READ MORE

Your Secret Buck Sanctuary

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

Create a Realistic Rattling Sequence

Create a Realistic Rattling Sequence

By Russ Siler

Here’s my tip for making a rattling sequence sound more realistic to any buck within listening distance of your setup. I’m amazed at a deer’s ability to pinpoint exactly where a sound is coming from. From what I’ve observed, they can figure out the source to within a few feet, even when the sounds are above ground, and even ... READ MORE

Take Time to Take Photos

Take Time to Take Photos

By Tim H. Martin

In hunting, the chance to capture a special memory on film passes like lyrics to a song by Kansas: “Only for a moment, and the moment’s gone.” I learned that lesson the hard way in 1977 on Thanksgiving Day when my father took me deer hunting for the very first time, but we never took a single picture. We’d jumped a herd of ... READ MORE

No Knife Sharpener, No Problem!

No Knife Sharpener, No Problem!

By Karl Bechtel

Whether you are filleting fish or field dressing a deer, there are times you need to touch up the edge of a knife in the field but there simply isn't a sharpener on hand. I've found a great way to touch up the edge of a knife in almost any situation. Next time you realize you have a dull edge and your sharpener is at home, roll down your truck or... READ MORE

Conquer the Dead Zone

Conquer the Dead Zone

By Tim H. Martin

Photo: Because it stepped into a dead zone, Buckmasters Tip Editor, Tim H. Martin, had to go southpaw in order to smoke this Alabama 10-pointer. Tim learned this trick from a U.S. Army shooting instructor. Try this test sitting down, as if you were in your treestand: Using an imaginary rifle, without moving below the waist, pretend a deer is direct... READ MORE

DIY PVC Paper Tuners

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

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