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
Gut Instinct Leads to Gut Pile
By Lee Hutcherson
Although I’ve only been hunting whitetails a few short years, I no longer wander around undecided about where I will hunt. This season, I learned something that other Buckmasters fans might appreciate. I’m blessed to hunt 2,000 acres of private land, so picking a spot to hunt can be a little overwhelming at times. Heck, it’s hard ... READ MORE
Lightning Score on the Hoof
By Ken Piper
Score isn’t everything when it comes to whitetails, but there are times (like when hunting with an outfitter who has minimum scores for bucks) that knowing a buck’s score comes in handy. If you need to quickly guess a buck’s score, consider that an average 8-pointer that is just outside its ears and isn’t deficient in any wa... READ MORE
Virtually Perfect Practice
By Ken Piper, Executive Editor | Buckmasters
If I told you I’ve shot a thousand or more trophy bucks, you’d think I was either a poacher or a liar. I’m neither, and although the vast majority of those bucks were shot in a virtual setting, that experience has done more for my real bowhunting than any other type of practice or expensive gear. I’ve been shooting video hun... READ MORE
Feather & Floss Wind Indicator
By Christine Miller
Bird hunters, save the downy feathers from your pheasants, doves, quail and grouse for a foolproof feather wind indicator.
I like to attach a feather to an 8 to 12 inch length of dental floss, then tie the other end to my gun barrel and let the feather swing freely.
Simply ease your barrel out and away from your treestand and let the feather catc... READ MORE
Winter Preparedness for Hunters
Here are some tips for helping outdoorsmen and women stay safe during a nasty stretch of winter weather: Avoid overexertion when dragging out a deer or shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack — a major cause of death in the winter. Stretch well before attempting strenuous activities or climbing treestands. Do not attempt to c... READ MORE
Milk Jug Range Markers
By Mel Smith
As a bowhunter who likes to hunt from permanent treestands, I have found an inexpensive way to clearly mark my ranges.
It's easy; I save plastic milk jugs and use scissors to cut out numbers and staple them to trees around my stands.
For instance, I have a stand positioned near a place where three trails intersect. I picked out about 30 trees ran... READ MORE
Poor Man’s Arrow Finder?
By Tony Keiffer
This tip seems so obvious I can’t believe I haven’t thought of it before. I wish someone would have told me about it years ago.
Most arrows now have fluorescent nocks and fletching. A simple black light flashlight illuminates these parts of the arrow, even if only a small amount is exposed in the leaves, grass or dirt.
Of course, it h... READ MORE
Reverse Trail Blazing II
By Jon Harris and Tim H. Martin
My tip expounds on a stand location trick by Tim H. Martin on how to come and go like a ghost (see Reverse Trail Blazing I, below). For years, I’ve used a method similar to what Tim described, but I’ve added a twist. In reverse trail blazing, deer definitely use the easy-to-follow main trail and often, they make it all the way to the ba... READ MORE
Train Your Best Friend to Find Sheds
By Irby C. Edwards III
Now that I have trained my young Labrador Retriever to find sheds, I look forward to my time in the woods at the end of deer season. Remi’s nose comes in handy here in Georgia where ground cover is thick. Sheds are much harder to find in the forests of the Deep South, unlike the giant fields and open ground in the Midwest. It was easier to tr... READ MORE
Two Unique Scent Tricks
By Jimmy Bennett
Heated Scent Pads: This first trick enables me to use my ThermaCELL for something other than repelling mosquitoes. It gets an additional function out my device, as well as utilizes old ThermaCELL pads. I like to pour a little buck lure on a used pad, turn on my ThermaCELL and hang it about 20 yards upwind from my stand, about 4 feet above the grou... READ MORE
Trail Cam Tip for Streetwise Bucks
By James Howell
Photo: This tactic helps you decide if a change in treestand sites is in order once mature bucks seem to vanish. Placing trail cameras to overlook a pile of corn or some type of feeder is probably the most common method of buck surveillance used by whitetail hunters. While you can have success capturing images of bucks in your area in the summer, p... READ MORE
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
Bowhunting Mentality for Gun Season
By Bryan Smith
I am a 56-year-old hunter who has been chasing whitetails for 35 of those years. Bowhunting is a passion, and early in my career I learned to work hard to stay undetected by deer within spitting distance. Like most serious bowhunters, I shower with scent-free soap/shampoo, wash every item of my clothes in scent-free detergent, avoid smoke or perfu... READ MORE
Rack’s Pattern for GIANT KILLERS
By Tim H. Martin | Buckmasters Tip Editor
Photo: Rack Magazine producers have observed a noticeable spike in the use of trail cams in story submissions. I’d like to share an important observation about hunting gear made by Rack Magazine Editor Mike Handley and myself. Since I serve as Rack’s art director as well as the editor of Buckmasters Tip of the Week, I thought it only fi... READ MORE