By Wesley J. Cagle
One of my personal favorite tips is something I’ve done for a long time, and it really works for tricking a deer’s nose. I’m almost never winded, and have had countless deer walk within feet of me. It’s become a routine now. All I do is take fresh pine needles — preferably from a young tree — and break them ever... READ MORE
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
Set BIG PICTURE Goals
By Krissy Jean Marrall
As a female who has been hunting since 1995, I've found that setting reasonable goals prior to each season has helped me develop my passion for hunting over the years. Looking back, if someone had told me to make shooting a monster buck my biggest pre-season goal, I would have become disenchanted with hunting before my career even got off the groun... READ MORE
It’s Deer Hunting, Not Deer Seeing
By Ken Piper
We often preach the importance of checking distances to likely shooting locations after settling in for a hunt. And while double-checking distance is always a good idea, it’s at least as important to have a good idea of general distances before you even set up a stand. Bowhunters frequently set up too close to trails and get busted when tryin... READ MORE
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
Nifty Turkey Toter
By Bill Neibecker
If you've ever tried to carry a turkey out of the woods, you know how cumbersome it can be. Once the adrenaline from your big moment wears off, that bird can get heavy in a hurry!
I have a tip for turkey hunters that will make this task a breeze, even if the hike back to your vehicle or house is a significant distance.
Any kind of padded strap wi... READ MORE
Take Great Field Photos: Part Two
By Tim H. Martin
Last week we shared tips for taking magazine quality field photos, techniques used by hunting industry professionals, and the frustrations of magazine editors over bad field photos. Field photos, also known as grip-and-grins, are photos of hunters posing with their freshly killed animals, usually taken by a friend or relative of the hunter. This we... READ MORE
Muddy Boots No More
By Tom Wertman
To get to my favorite stands, I often tread across muddy fields and my boots end up covered in muck. Not only is it dangerous to climb treestands wearing mud-caked boots, but when it dries, chunks can tumble to the ground at the most inopportune moment. Too many times I’ve rotated to take a perfect shot and a falling piece of mud alerts the d... READ MORE
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
Yoga Mats — for Deer Hunters?
By Phillip Larsen
Photo: Phillip Larsen shares useful tips on hunters using yoga mats. Here, Phillip poses with a dandy 11-pointer he arrowed in western Maryland last season. One very common and inexpensive item that has several uses for deer hunters is a yoga mat. If you don’t have an old one lying around the garage, you can find yoga mats at most any retail ... 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
Late Season Feeder Trick
By Dan Acker
For hunters who use spreader-type feeders, I have a late season tip. It’s easy, inexpensive and will help keep deer around your feeder in the late wintertime.
In most regions, this tactic will also help white-tailed deer stick around your hunting area after the season is over, even if your feeders run out of feed.
When the time comes to re... READ MORE
Mock Scrape Super Tip
By Paul Odem
Photo: The use of a doe-in-heat or buck-in-rut scent bomb along with a urine-based dripper only adds to the effect. One of my favorite tactics for luring local bucks to my trail cameras or my treestand locations is using mock scrapes. To create a mock scrape, you must have a limb that hangs about head-high to a deer, which is approximately naval- t... READ MORE
Hunting’s SECOND Handiest Item?
By David Johnson and Tim H. Martin
Don’t Trim It — Zip It! — Tip Submission by David Johnson I’m one of those hunters who believe the less brush cutting and trimming you do, the less likely Ol’ Big Boy is going to notice your intrusion into his world. Instead of hacking tree branches, I use zip ties to pull back and secure obstructing foliage from of my... READ MORE
Freeze & Fly Your Trophy
By Dave Graber
Photo: Dave Graber poses with his trophy of a lifetime, a mountain lion from Arizona. Dave shares a cost-saving tip that will help deer hunters fly home with their frozen capes as carry on luggage. Recently, I had a successful mountain lion hunt in Arizona. Like successful deer hunters who travel by air, I had to figure out the best way to get my t... READ MORE