Tips & Tactics

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

Through a Child’s Eyes

Through a Child’s Eyes

By Tristen Truman

Photo: Tristen Truman (left) is a young man whose passion for hunting came from his father. Now, he is passing it down to his grandparents’ adopted son, Michael. This is their special buck from West Virginia’s 2016 season. My tips are in reference to hunting with kids, which isn’t always easy. But it can still be fun. This is a to... READ MORE

Tubular Head-and-Neck Gear

Tubular Head-and-Neck Gear

By Tim H. Martin

Photo: Buff USA’s Polar Buff is one of many tube-style headwear garments available to hunters today. This model, which acts as a head cover and neck gaiter, is actually a one-piece tube. During a Texas pronghorn hunt in 2007, I received severe sun damage to one side of my neck from hours of driving an ATV across the desert. I’d forgotte... READ MORE

July: Time to Set Stands

July: Time to Set Stands

By Bob Humphrey & Yamaha Outdoors

It’s July during some of the longest and hottest days of the year. Deer season, in most cases, is still months away. What better time to set your stands? It might sound a bit crazy, but right now is actually a great time to get some of your larger treestands in for the coming season. First and most importantly, whatever distur... READ MORE

Longer-Lasting Trail Markers

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

Climbing Tips to Teach Your Kids

Climbing Tips to Teach Your Kids

By Tim H. Martin

Photo: Along with proper safety gear, knowing handhold and climbing techniques greatly reduce risk of treestand accidents. Take five minutes to teach these climbing principals to your kids and it will help them climb trees safely for the rest of their lives. I learned these fundamentals in mountaineer training classes back in my younger days, and t... READ MORE

Dropped Gear Retriever

Dropped Gear Retriever

By Phil Archdeacon

Photo: Phil Archdeacon — shown here with a great 10-pointer — sent us a very useful tip. The hunter from Rock Tavern, NY figured out a way to retrieve things he dropped from his treestand without having to climb down. Have you ever gotten settled into your treestand only to drop something important, then have to go through the hassle of... READ MORE

Coming Home Alive

Coming Home Alive

By Rene Borne

Photo: A fist-sized survival item gives outdoorsmen a sense of comfort in the backcountry. Tip Editor Tim H. Martin knows all too well — shown here moments before getting slammed by an ice storm. Thirty years of elk hunting in the mountains of Western Washington have taught me an important lesson every hunter should practice: Be prepared... READ MORE

Big Bucks Hide in Small Places

Big Bucks Hide in Small Places

By Ken Piper

Most hunters think that you have to go deep in the woods to find a big buck – deeper than anyone else is likely to go.  That’s partially true: You will find bucks in places other people don’t go, but it isn’t always deep in the woods. We tend to think bucks react to pressure by leaving an area when, in fact, radio telem... READ MORE

Taming Hoist Rope Coils

Taming Hoist Rope Coils

By Bryan Lewis

There are several things that annoy me when it comes to cords we use to hoist and lower our bows, backpacks, guns and gear from the treestand. Strings often get tangled and twisted in saplings, noisy leaves, sticks and clutter on the ground, and I’ve never liked the way pull cords flap in the breeze when they are hanging free. Also, once you&... 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

Turtle Shell Turkey Calls

Turtle Shell Turkey Calls

By Bill Neibecker

Photo: Buckmasters tip contributor Bill Neibecker uses empty box turtle shells to craft uniquely beautiful and functional turkey calls. Next time you find the dome of an empty box turtle shell in the woods, stick it in your backpack. If it’s in good shape, you can make a unique homemade slate turkey call. It’s best to find one in good s... READ MORE

Lost in the Wild — Safety Gear

Lost in the Wild — Safety Gear

By David Hoogendorn

I am retired from the U.S. Army, and safety has been beaten into my head since I was a private. This discipline has carried over from my military career and into my life as a civilian who hunts. Because I hunt in a vast, 5,000-acre area, getting lost could be a very real and very life-threatening proposition. I take special precautions not to get ... 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

“Guinea Pigs” for Trophy Bucks

“Guinea Pigs” for Trophy Bucks

By Melody Jackson

When it comes to holding out for mature bucks, one thing I believe many hunters lack is patience — especially when other deer are on the field. It’s very tempting to quickly add venison to the freezer when fat does and bucks with marginal racks appear. I have learned the older, smarter bucks are lurking back in the shadows, sometimes f... READ MORE

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