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
Itching to Scout?
By Tim H. Martin
If you’re like me, you’ve been missing the deer woods for several months and you’re itching to do some pre-season scouting.
This time of year, that itch might turn into another kind of itch if you don’t take a few precautions.
Venturing into the field during the heat of summer means bringing unwanted visitors home: chigger... READ MORE
DIY PVC Paper Tuners
By Jack Baker
A lot of us have access to large desktop calendars like the 17 X 22 versions used in many offices. I collect the old ones from our office to use for paper tuning my bow, and I’ve also found other uses for them as a hunter.
I always paper tune my bow to achieve the best possible arrow flight, which gives my arrows maximum penetration on deer... READ MORE
Be Still, My Beating Heart!
By Mike Bolinder
I can’t speak for other bowhunters, but after sitting stone still in a treestand for several hours and a shooter buck comes walking in, my heartbeat goes from zero to 100 in about three seconds flat! There’s nothing wrong with that reaction because it means you are excited and having fun, however, an accelerated heart rate can mean big ... READ MORE
Lightning Score on the Hoof
By Ken Piper
Score isn’t everything when it comes to whitetails, but there are times (like when hunting with an outfitter who has minimum scores for bucks) that knowing a buck’s score comes in handy. If you need to quickly guess a buck’s score, consider that an average 8-pointer that is just outside its ears and isn’t deficient in any wa... READ MORE
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
Glow Stick Trail Marker
By Chris Swanson
When trailing a deer after the sun goes down, it’s often very difficult to keep up with a blood trail using only a flashlight or lantern.
I have found a simple kid’s product can make trail marking much easier after dark: Glow Sticks.
When you first find blood and it’s nearing dark, activate the Glow Stick, then carefully cut it ... READ MORE
Salvaging Torn Gear
By David Cowart
Over the years, I have thrown away countless backpacks, pants, shirts, bibs and other gear when they got a rip or tear because they would only stay fixed a short time. Trying to mend them seems to be a big waste time.
All the strain and abuse my hunting clothing, gear and accessories go through is just too much for ordinary thread, so I decided to... READ MORE
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
Two Rules of Thumb for ATV Safety
By Yamaha Outdoors and Bob Humphrey
By following a few basic rules of thumb, ATV/UTV users can make their outdoors experience safer and more enjoyable. Clothing: It’s always wise to wear the proper attire when riding your ATV or UTV. But what is proper attire? There are always branches, briars, sticks and obstructions along the trail that could cause injury, especially if you a... READ MORE
Smooth Is the Groove
By Ken Piper
We’d all like to improve our shooting, whether we use a gun, a bow or both. We owe it to the animals we hunt to make the best shot possible, and nobody wants to miss the trophy of a lifetime. There are books on proper shooting, but everyone can benefit from this simple tip: The moment of release is critical to a good shot. "Punching" the trig... READ MORE
Wooden Stands . . . Just Don’t
By Ray Thiel
Photo: With so many safe and affordable modern stands on the market, avoiding homemade stands is sound advice. Recently, I read Gary LaLone’s Buckmasters Tip of the Week, which recommended using play sand to increase traction on slippery treestands, especially those constructed of wood. He describes a scary incident in which he nearly lost hi... READ MORE
More Unusual Tactics & Tips
By Jamie Gemino
I’m just being honest when I say I’ve been very successful the past few years to have taken some monster bucks in my home state of Indiana. Buckmasters fans have been sending some very unusual tips to Tip of the Week, and I’d like to share some of my own methods for putting nice bucks on my wall. Pop-up Blind Backdoor Ambush Matu... READ MORE
For Luck or For Fun, Name Your Gun
By Tim H. Martin
Recently, I watched the movie "Full Metal Jacket." There's a scene in boot camp where one private asks another if he'd named his rifle yet, for good luck. I had to laugh, because I'd given my firearms a girl's name for as long as I could remember.Until watching the movie, I didn't know it was a Marine Corps tradition, and I didn't know it was cons... 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