Tips & Tactics

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

Gut Instinct Leads to Gut Pile

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

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

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

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

Winter Preparedness for Hunters

By Nationwide

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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