Staying Put: Virtues and Perils
By Rich Williams and Tim H. Martin
When you are an invited guest on someone’s hunting property and they put you in a spot, DO NOT leave early or go roaming around, even if you aren’t seeing anything. Wait until your host comes to get you, because you could get lost or put yourself in a dangerous situation with other hunters. This happened to someone hunting with me; they... 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
Stringless Drag Rag
By Torrey Owens
I’m one of those hunters who likes to use drag rags. If you don’t know what a drag rag is, it’s simply a piece of cloth soaked in scent, then attached to the hunter by a string. The rag leaves a scent trail as you walk. But I hate using strings. They snag on everything in your path and create extra noise, especially on dry, windle... READ MORE
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
A Different Kind of Resolution
By Diane Mormando and Tim H. Martin
Photo: Appreciating every moment in the deer stand and reflecting upon blessings is a New Year’s resolution every hunter should practice. This New Year, my hunting resolution is to appreciate my precious time in the woods. Hunting is not just about taking a big deer; it’s a special time to look inside your soul and enjoy life. – Diane M... READ MORE
Emergency Fire Starters
By Tim H. Martin, Travis Wilson & Charles Ward
Lighter Knots (Pine Hearts) – By Tim H. Martin Recently, I watched a reality TV show where a man and woman were attempting to survive 21 days in the wilds of south Alabama. The location was just a few miles from my old hunting lease. I was dumbfounded when the couple struggled to make fire with a steel and scraper-style fire starter. Fo... READ MORE
Looking Past Buck Fever
By G. Frank Ridings and Tim H. Martin
Every hunter seems to have a buck fever story. Who hasn’t developed a good case of the shakes at some point in their career? This usually happens to newbie hunters, but it often affects old timers, too. I’ve discovered something about controlling buck fever I’d like to share with Buckmasters fans. Once I’ve spotted a deer a... READ MORE
Cheap Cleanup Tips
By Justin Miller
Deer hunters often need water for cleanup after field dressing a deer, but have to figure out what to do if there isn’t a convenient water source nearby.
Like most hunters, I carry a little drinking water, but nothing more since all my gear and gadgets take up precious backpack space.
I’ve found a great free item to keep in my pack a... READ MORE
Battery Tips for Hunters
By Vernon Gillespie
Hunting requires a lot of batteries when you consider all the battery-dependent gear we use today, such as flashlights, GPS devices, headlamps, trail cameras, heated insoles and more.
With all this equipment, it’s smart to have a variety of spare batteries on hand should the need arise.
I like to keep an assortment in my backpack, storing t... READ MORE
Venison Scrap Dog Treats
By Bob Takeo
Photo: Bob Takeo shares a fantastic idea for utilizing every scrap of your deer, even the silver muscle-lining tissue. Last season, I was home when my son returned from a successful deer hunting trip. My family processes our own venison, so I decided to stick around to help out. As we were taking care of the meat, I was about to toss a fistful of s... 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
Living Buck Sensors: Other Deer
By Tim H. Martin
When a deer approaches a treestand or steps onto a food plot, the inexperienced hunter’s instinct is to shoot it as soon as possible, or before it gets away. There’s nothing wrong with that if the only goal is to quickly fill a tag and head to the processor, but it robs beginners of important learning experiences that will serve them w... READ MORE
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
Choose Kids' Mentors Wisely!
By Brian Hicks
My tip is for hunters to surround themselves with good people. Choose friends who challenge you to be an ethical hunter, a better sportsman, as well as people who give back to hunting so our great sport will be there for future generations. Editor’s Note: Brian’s tip might seem a bit simplistic, but there’s more to his notion I&rs... READ MORE
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