Tips & Tactics

Blood Trailing: Beware the Double-back!

Blood Trailing: Beware the Double-back!

By Jeff Gardner

After 36 years of bowhunting and following blood trails, you’d think I’d seen everything. But during Oklahoma’s 2017 archery season, I learned a new lesson I’d like to share with Buckmasters fans. I’d settled into my ladder stand around noon on a cloudy November afternoon, and I was highly optimistic. The wind was in m... READ MORE

Build Whitetails’ Tolerance for ATVs

Build Whitetails’ Tolerance for ATVs

By Al Zwick

One characteristic I’ve noticed among white-tailed deer is, when given proper conditioning, they will develop a comfort level with ATVs, farm machinery and motorized vehicles. Knowing this trait has helped make my life easier, and I use it to gain an edge when hunting season rolls around. Through conditioning, I’m now able to drive dir... READ MORE

Easy Tick Removal Tool

Easy Tick Removal Tool

By Tim H. Martin | Buckmasters Tip Editor

I hate ticks probably more than any creature on earth. As a lifelong outdoorsman, I have tweezed, nail-polished, burned, smothered and popped more of these horrid creatures than I can count. Why in the world God invented ticks in the first place is a mystery to me. During turkey season last year, I reached down in the middle of the night and felt ... READ MORE

Barbed Wire Fence Tamer!

Barbed Wire Fence Tamer!

By Richard Burt - Buckmasters Life Member

Snagging your pants on a barbed wire fence is something you will inevitably do if you are a deer hunter, fisherman, or like to chase birds, rabbits or squirrels — pretty much any kind of outdoor activity in the field. Over the years and on multiple occasions, I have ripped my britches on that wicked top strand more times than I’d like t... READ MORE

Divine Fruit, Divine — Rub?

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

A Heads Up on Tree Safety

A Heads Up on Tree Safety

By Ed Ciersezwski

Like most hunters, prior to the opening of deer season we all have projects to be done in preparation for a good, safe year of hunts. In 2017, I spent most of my pre-season time working on maintaining my trusty old stands and getting them spruced up for the season. I changed out rusty nuts and bolts, tightened loose ones, applied new coats of paint... READ MORE

Don’t Fear the Grunt Tube

Don’t Fear the Grunt Tube

By Billy Wright

This season, I realized something about grunt tubes I’d like to share with Buckmasters fans. Sometimes bucks will not respond to one type of grunt, but another will bring them right in. This discovery came with a 9 1/2-year-old buck I took during the second weekend of Oklahoma’s 2017 rifle season. We only have a two-week rifle season, s... READ MORE

Ice Water Venison Tenderizer

Ice Water Venison Tenderizer

By Jack McCullough

“Gamey” is an adjective I frequently hear for describing the taste of venison. I hear this complaint from hunting and nonhunting friends alike.  Years ago, on an evening hunt, I harvested a doe and hung it up overnight. Unfortunately, I had an accident later that evening which prevented me from finishing my butcher work on the doe... READ MORE

Binoculars Stabilizer Trick

Binoculars Stabilizer Trick

By Roger Bouch

Here's a tip many hunters from the western part of the country use a lot, but those of us east of the Mississippi might not know about. I'm from Oregon, and I've noticed other hunters from the western United States use this trick frequently because long range hunting requires holding binoculars steady and trying to glass game at long distances. Whe... READ MORE

Bungee, Pull-down & Ratchet Strap Tricks

Bungee, Pull-down & Ratchet Strap Tricks

By Mark Douglas

I’ve been a deer hunter for more than 45 years and have accumulated much knowledge to share, but I’ve had little time to write down my tips. I decided to send Buckmasters a few of my favorite uses for bungee cords, ratchet and pull-down straps — things you may never have thought of. Ratchet and Pull-down Straps One of my favorite ... READ MORE

Deer Movement — Beyond the Basics

Deer Movement — Beyond the Basics

By Scott T. Evans | Owner of Tall Tails Adventures

Some outdoor TV shows and magazines only teach hunters the basics behind deer movement, along with simplistic tips on how to find and intercept white-tailed deer on their property. The fundamentals they teach are usually something along the lines of: Know where the bedding areas are. Know where the feeding areas are. Know wind direction. Although t... READ MORE

More on the Vanishing Hunter Trick

More on the Vanishing Hunter Trick

By Tim H. Martin

Last week we published the “Disappearing Hunter Trick,” a unique time-honored tip submitted by Buckmasters fan Mark Skiles. Basically, when animals hear a hunter coming into their area they wait for the hunter pass by, then they carry on with normal activities. In actuality, there are two hunters, but one dropped off and got into a sta... READ MORE

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

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

The Deer Camp Fridge Test

The Deer Camp Fridge Test

By Noel Prevost

Like many hunters, my deer camp is a long distance from home. In my case, the deer grow larger in the northern portion of the state, so that’s where my cabin and camp are. Because it’s a 3 1/2 hour drive, I can’t check on our place very frequently during the off season, so it will go for months without attention. If the power has ... 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

Slip-on Mud-buster and Scent Rag

Slip-on Mud-buster and Scent Rag

By Brian Soderston

Anyone who has hunted from a metal treestand and had a chunk of mud fall off a boot will tell you the same thing. It’s usually a quiet day, and the clod always hits something metal on its way to the ground, creating a loud, unwanted noise. And why does this seem to happen at the worst possible time, when deer are near your stand? Talk about ... 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

A Venison vs. Deer Meat Story

A Venison vs. Deer Meat Story

By Harley Trumbo

Thank God, I never witnessed my father field dressing a deer!  At age 60, and the youngest of three brothers, I shudder at their horror stories of Dad’s methods of handling dead deer and field dressing them. Killing a deer was rare back then, so Dad made it a point to stop by every gas station in town and relive the hunt with friends &m... READ MORE

Don’t Let Your Ladder Sink

Don’t Let Your Ladder Sink

By Tim H. Martin & Ryan Noffsinger

In December of 2017, Buckmasters Art Director Ryan Noffsinger had a scary incident while climbing into an old metal ladder stand on his property. Years before Millennium became our trusted sponsor, a member of Ryan’s hunt club had erected an off-brand ladder stand on seemingly firm ground during the dry Alabama summertime. The ladder portion ... READ MORE

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