10 Pre-Season Crossbow Maintenance Tips
By Bryan Zabitski, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies
With white-tailed deer archery season quickly approaching in most states, now is a good time to take your crossbow out of storage and ready it for hunting this fall. Here are 10 maintenance tips that will help ensure that your crossbow is in peak shooting condition for the upcoming crossbow hunting season: 1) Check your crossbow for dirt or grit. I... READ MORE
Do You Have a Record in the Attic?
By Tim H. Martin
I think we'd be amazed if we knew just how many record book antlers are gathering dust in attics and garages across the country, yet never get any recognition. As the art director for Rack Magazine, I’ve designed dozens of stories about state and world record bucks that surfaced after decades of going undiscovered in closets, hardware stores ... READ MORE
Hay Bale Hideaways
By Frank Mayes
I’ve hunted in Missouri for many years. Until the past few seasons, ground blinds and ladder stands have been the main types of stands I’ve hunted from. Now, I’m discovering one of the most effective ways to ambush whitetails is from behind hay bales. I’ve had deer walk within 10 feet of me and never know I was there! My set... READ MORE
Don’t Overlook the Hook!
By Vail Case
One simple and fairly inexpensive item has proven itself to be very useful in my hunting camp: a metal construction or towing hook.
You might have never considered a construction hook to be a hunting tool, but I’ve found the number of uses it has in the field to be surprising.
My buddies and I have used my hook numerous occasions to hoist g... READ MORE
Push into Public Land
By William Pulsifer
Like many hunters who don’t have access to private lands or who don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to lease property, I like to hunt on public land. But, not surprisingly, so do a lot of other hunters.
I’ve discovered to be successful on public land, I have to work a little harder than the private land guys.
Don’t be afrai... READ MORE
What’s the Rush?
By Anthony Smith
Photo: You’ll never know if your buck of a lifetime was on its way if you shoot the doe it was chasing. My tip is a bit of advice that could help deer hunters whether they are inexperienced or have been hunting whitetails for years. It’s something I learned by chance one morning while in a treestand, but I plan to practice this from now... READ MORE
Revealing Old Serial Numbers
By Gene Jones
If you are having trouble reading serial numbers on an old gun, knife or anything stamped in metal, simply take a lead pencil and lightly rub it over the numbers. The graphite will make them stand out much better, at least well enough for you to read them.
Photo: Buckmasters Tip Editor, Tim H. Martin, tested this tip on an old shotgun handed down ... READ MORE
No Gutting Necessary
By Dave Graber
Photo: Quartering a deer properly, knowing to leave the hide on and knowing how to remove the loins without gutting are skills all deer hunters should know. In this age of ATVs, UTVs and 4-wheel drive vehicles that help us transport game to the processor quickly, we don’t always need to quarter up our animals like we used to. Still, the need ... READ MORE
Screw-in Tree Step Tips
By Brian Buzby and Tim H. Martin
I am a hunter who prefers hang-on or lock-on style treestands. Screw-in tree steps are my favorite method for getting up and down. As you’ve probably experienced, getting tree steps started can be quite difficult in certain species of trees with thick or hard bark. It can be a real pain to get a bite into wood, even with small screw-in access... READ MORE
Priority One: Take Kids Hunting
By Yamaha Outdoors & Bob Humphrey
With the season now underway, it’s time to achieve those resolutions you made in January. If you’re an adult who cares about hunting’s future, there’s one resolution that should be a priority: Take kids hunting this year. The future of hunting rests firmly on the shoulders of youngsters who take up the sport, an... READ MORE
Whitetail Vapor Trails
By Jeffrey Chancellor
My tip is an easily overlooked method of detecting bedded deer. Have you ever hunted on a frosty morning and feared deer would see you because of the vapor cloud created by your breath? I have. Sometimes, when a deer is staring me down, I’ve even tried holding my breath to avoid detection — it’s impossible! The same dilemma holds... READ MORE
Cheap Camo Face Paint
By Jason Lamark
I'm a frugal guy and will find ways to cut corners any way I can when it comes to hunting supplies.
One great tip I'd like to share is that makeup is makeup, whether it's marketed as camouflage face paint for hunters or as standard women's facial makeup.
If your wife, girlfriend or sister buys as much new makeup as my wife, it's frustrating to se... READ MORE
Easy Casings Cleanup
By Grayson Albers
I much prefer target practice on a friend’s property rather than paying to use a private range or waiting my turn at a public range.
My friends are kind enough to allow me to practice on their place, and appreciate me not leaving garbage or brass behind. Cleanup is easy enough to do with trash, but it’s often difficult to find all the ... READ MORE
Nighttime Trail Keeper
By Glenn Russell
Photo: Marking blood trails with fisherman’s glow stick capsules can help you find your deer in the dark. Recently, I read a Buckmasters Tip of the Week titled Illuminated Nock Trick. It described using the illuminated nocks on your arrows to keep your bearings while tracking a wounded deer. The glowing nocks are easy to see at night and allo... READ MORE
Trail Cam Tip: Don’t Just Pile It On
By Gail McKee
For those of you who use trail cameras like I do, I think you'll find this tip very useful. It might become part of your standard operating procedure when it comes to capturing images of whitetails. I've noticed deer will stay longer in front of my camera if I take a moment to broadcast the corn and other attractants instead of just dumping it in a... READ MORE