Bow Sight Covers
By Victor Ortiz
Last summer, I read a Buckmasters Tip of the Week about using different types of koozies as covers for riflescopes. This made me happy, because I have been doing something similar for a long time, except I use koozies to cover and protect my bow sights. A koozie, in case you are not familiar, is an insulating sleeve used to keep a canned or bottled... 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
Try a Decoy
By Ken Piper
Turkey hunters and waterfowlers have long used decoys as standard equipment, so why haven’t deer hunters followed their lead? Perhaps it’s because deer are just so much bigger and it hasn’t been practical to carry a deer replica into the woods. With all the new materials being developed today, though, deer hunters have plenty of p... READ MORE
2-D Man Decoys
By Jack Baker
As an avid bowhunter, I'll use every trick in the book, no matter how crazy, to fool a deer's senses. This particular tip will help deceive their eyes.
How many times has a deer approached your stand only to suddenly notice you because it wasn't used to seeing a bulky shape there before?
Boom - you're busted!
When hunting from treestands —... READ MORE
Off-season Small Engine Care
By Ken Piper
Photo: It might cost more at the pump, but ethanol-free gasoline will likely prevent a visit to the mechanic. As a hunter, you likely own an ATV or UTV, as well as operate several smaller engines such as chainsaws, generators or trimmers. You’ve also probably heard conflicting opinions on what type of fuel to use in those vehicles and tools.... READ MORE
Longer-Lasting Trail Markers
By Albert Canady
My tip is a tree-friendly and longer-lasting way to mark the trials leading to and from your treestands.
To begin, I like to use a quality electrical tape. I fold long strips around the limbs of trees along my trail, allowing several inches of the tape to hang from either side of the limb. Then I press the adhesive sides of the tape together to fo... READ MORE
Arrow Deflection String Test
By Andrew Davis
I live in the upper Midwest where the terrain is thick and not bowhunter-friendly. When I choose a treestand location, I have to trim a lot of foliage just to see out, let alone launch an arrow. Before I started using the tip I’m about to share, I’d sit in my stand and do my best to figure out which branches needed removing. Like most ... READ MORE
Dealing with Anti-Hunters
By Steve Hickoff and Yamaha Outdoors
Photo: The restoration of the wild turkey due to sound management practices is a wildlife success story. Let anti-hunters know about this, and other positives about our lifestyle.
I handed her my long black gun case. She put it behind her driver’s seat, saying, “Sure hope that thing doesn’t fall on me! What’s in it?”
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Field Test Before D-Day
By Brion Whitten and Tim H. Martin
Whether you are a bowhunter or gunhunter, make sure to wear the same clothes and use the same gear you will be hunting with. This will prevent problems before the moment of truth arrives. — Brion Whitten
Editor’s Note, by Tim H. Martin: When I think of grand mistakes caused by not practicing with the same gear used in an actual event, ... READ MORE
Curing the Wet Slate Blues
By Christopher Anderson
Here’s a question for my fellow turkey hunters. Have you ever gotten set up on some birds just before sunrise; the hens and gobblers are all talking. You pick up your favorite slate call just as the turkeys begin to pitch down only to find morning dew has dampened the call surface and it won’t make a sound? This has happened to me more ... READ MORE
Hunting’s Most Overlooked Resource?
By James Blackmon
As hunters, we are always looking for resources to improve our scouting and hunting. If you are like me, you have spent a lot of time scouring maps, walking properties and talking to farmers and other hunters about where they’ve seen deer. We also invest a lot of research, time and money into scouting technology and hunting gear: digital top... 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
What Does ‘Antler Burn’ Mean?
By Tim H. Martin
After 21 years in the outdoor industry and 40-plus years of hunting white-tailed deer, I thought I knew everything there was to know about antlers. Recently, I learned something about mysterious scrape marks I’d seen on several racks throughout the years, yet never paid much attention to. One of these subtle markings appeared on the outer mai... READ MORE
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
Deer Marker Arrow
By Christopher Anderson
How often has this happened to you? You’ve just shot a deer with your bow or crossbow, and in your excitement, you’ve climbed down from your treestand to start blood trailing before taking note of exactly where the animal stood. When you reach the spot where you thought the deer was standing, you have great difficulty finding it. You&... READ MORE