Tips & Tactics

Flashlights Save Lives

Flashlights Save Lives

By Tim H. Martin

Several years ago, something terrible happened that caused me to re-think the value of a flashlight. It’s the reason I carry multiple flashlights in my backpack today, just in case one stops working. About 10 miles from my hunting land, a man was hunting with his son and a family friend. There was a tragic incident that has haunted me for yea... 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

Pull Those Stands!

Pull Those Stands!

By Joe Palermo

Have you ever been walking through the woods and found a treestand wedged so tightly into a tree that the hunter could not remove it, therefore it had to be left behind? Over the course of one season and the next summer, some trees can grow enough to trap a treestand. Not pulling your stands can be expensive! Expanding trees have the ability to b... READ MORE

Body Language Tells Tales

Body Language Tells Tales

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 before it gets away, even if it's not a trophy buck. There's nothing wrong with that if the only goal is to fill a tag and head to the processor, but it robs beginners of an important learning experience that will serve them well later ... 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

Zip That Quiver!

Zip That Quiver!

By Al Kirby

Photo: Removing his quiver and having a second arrow at the ready enabled Tim H. Martin to tag this beautiful Illinois buck. Here’s a great way to hang your quiver and reload easily, too. One less thing attached to my bow is a good thing. When archery hunting, I like to remove the quiver. I don't like the added weight or the extra noise it ma... READ MORE

Off Season Hunting Tips

Off Season Hunting Tips

By Russ Whalen

Just because the season ends doesn’t mean you have to give up hunting. Well, with a weapon anyway. For many reasons, I like to try to spend as much time as possible in my hunting stand during the off season. There is less hunting pressure then, so deer will be less skittish, and you can observe them acting more like themselves when the guns... READ MORE

Choose Kids' Mentors Wisely!

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

Pausing Hand Warmers

Pausing Hand Warmers

By Kevin Sundholm

Photo: Michigan deer hunter and tip contributor Kevin Sundholm shares his trick for getting more life out of hand warmers. Most hunters have used hand warmers at one time or another. I’m talking about the air-activated type in a little bag, not the metal kind that requires the burning of fuel. The typical scenario goes something like this: T... READ MORE

A Little Off the Top

A Little Off the Top

By Ken Piper

Sometimes we focus so much on what we can see from a stand that we forget to consider what a deer sees from his angle. Whether you’re hunting with a gun, bow or muzzleloader, you will almost always have to make some kind of movement to get a shot. While a whitetail’s sense of smell is his best defense, ignore his vision at your peril. C... READ MORE

No. 1 Tip for No. 2

No. 1 Tip for No. 2

By Joseph Bellapianta

Although we don't often see the subject of going to the bathroom in the woods as a topic for hunting magazines, TV shows or websites, it's still an issue every hunter must face from time to time. After our baby was born, I learned there is something better than toilet paper of paper towels to use in the woods when it's time to face the dreaded num... READ MORE

Target Warmth Better

Target Warmth Better

By Krissy Jean Zimmer

Photo: Krissy Jean Zimmer discovered a way to stay in the stand longer by using a product not meant for hunters. Here she poses with a 202-pound 8-pointer she shot on a cold Georgia day. After reading a Tip of the Week written by William Sharp about using Kinesio Tex or KT Tape to attach hand warmers over your kidneys to stay warmer, I decided to s... READ MORE

No-brainer Yardage Marking

No-brainer Yardage Marking

By Kim Wages

Photo: Buckmasters member Kim Wages shares his tip for bowhunters who want to make remembering yardages a no-brainer. Here, Kim poses with one of his many trophies, a beautiful Georgia 10-pointer. One of the hardest things for a bowhunter to do is range a deer at the moment of truth. With a bow in one hand and a release in the other, it’s dif... READ MORE

Field Test Before D-Day

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

De-stinkify Your Hands

De-stinkify Your Hands

By Tim H. Martin

When I think back to the time I shot and field dressed my first buck, I can still remember the frustrations of trying to get the stink off my hands. That was nearly 40 years ago. Mind you, these were extra funky rutty hands, because I’d somehow managed to grab the buck’s hock glands while dragging it out of the woods — the classic... READ MORE

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