Ladder Lover’s Leg Tip
By John Waldron
I’m a big fan of hunting from metal ladder stands, and I bet a lot of other Buckmasters fans are as well. There are a lot of advantages to these fixed position stands. The deer get used to them quickly, they are easily accessible, and ladders are probably the quietest of all types of treestands when it comes to climbing up and down and gettin... READ MORE
Scent Surroundings & Odor Killing
By David Cruson
Photo: Matching cover scents to the areas you are hunting is as important as using topical odor killing sprays. At a time when companies are dedicated to putting the best possible cover scents on the market, I’ve found many deer hunters are buying products that don’t even apply to their hunting areas. This makes no sense to me. If a hu... READ MORE
What Does ‘Antler Burn’ Mean?
By Tim H. Martin
After 21 years in the outdoor industry and 40-plus years of hunting white-tailed deer, I thought I knew everything there was to know about antlers. Recently, I learned something about mysterious scrape marks I’d seen on several racks throughout the years, yet never paid much attention to. One of these subtle markings appeared on the outer mai... READ MORE
Battery Tips for Hunters
By Vernon Gillespie
Hunting requires a lot of batteries when you consider all the battery-dependent gear we use today, such as flashlights, GPS devices, headlamps, trail cameras, heated insoles and more.
With all this equipment, it’s smart to have a variety of spare batteries on hand should the need arise.
I like to keep an assortment in my backpack, storing t... READ MORE
The ‘Belly Up’ Kit
By Dave Zilai
Photo: Buckmasters Life Member Dave Zilai invented a simple kit that makes it easier to field dress deer alone. His buddy, who lost the use of an arm due to polio, inspired Dave’s device. — Editor’s Note by Tim H. Martin This tip is actually an invention. Buckmasters Life Member Dave Zilai of Lowell, Indiana sent it to us, along w... READ MORE
Create Antler Rubbing Posts
By William Cuthbert
One surefire way to learn if there is buck activity in your area is finding fresh rubbings on small trees, saplings or fence posts. Before the season starts, I have a buck indicator trick I like to use in or around the fields of my hunting property. Harvested agricultural fields are prime spots to check for rubs, but saplings don’t always gro... READ MORE
Keep a Gear Checklist
By Kenneth Lancaster
Make a List. Check it Twice. It never fails. You settle into your stand and suddenly realize you’ve forgotten something important. We hunters use so much gear, it's easy to accidentally leave items at home. I've learned over the years it's always helpful to make a list and review it the night before your hunting trip. Before I leave to go to ... READ MORE
Super Close Doesn’t Mean Slam Dunk
By Dwayne Barrow and Tim H. Martin
One of the most deceptive yet effective shots in whitetail hunting is when the deer is standing directly beneath or within a few yards of your elevated treestand. This shot scenario often happens in early bow season when there’s still a lot of foliage remaining in the trees and the hunter cannot get a clear shot at the animal until it’s... 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
Socked-and-Loaded Scent Spinner
By Vince Huett
I’m a big fan of scent dispersal canisters or foggers and the way they distribute deer lures into the area, especially while I’m set up in my treestand. Dripper-type scent systems and the kind you spray or pour onto the ground work great in certain situations, and are especially well suited for attracting and keeping bucks in your area ... READ MORE
The Noisy Squirrel Trick
By Jack Baker
Photo: Jack Baker of Grovetown, Georgia has learned to stop and calm deer, like this dandy 10-pointer, by imitating something deer hear every day. The tip also keeps wounded deer from running as far. As an avid bow hunter, I’ve watched hundreds of hunting shows and videos, and I’ve noticed most of the time, hunters stop a moving deer by... READ MORE
That’s a Wrap!
By Richard Mowry
Photo: Why didn’t we think of this before? Richard Mowry of Monroe, Connecticut sends us his simple tip for rainy days. Here, the hunter poses with his nice archery-taken 8-pointer. When hunting on public land and on private land in some states, it’s necessary to carry my wallet with hunting license, tags, written permission and other p... READ MORE
Thanks, Pop! And All Hunting Mentors
By Tim H. Martin
This Thanksgiving, take a minute to thank the person who introduced you to hunting. If they have since passed, please use that minute to remember them. I am thanking my father, Larry K. Martin. Thanksgiving Day 2017 will mark exactly 40 years since he took me on my first white-tailed deer hunt. FORTY YEARS! On Thursday, November 24, 1977, I had no ... READ MORE
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
Hunting Food Plots
By Bob Humphrey & Yamaha Outdoors
Harvest time is here. The work is done and it’s time to reap the benefits of your labor. These tips will help you be more effective at hunting your food plots.
1) Afternoons Are Better
It’s usually better to hunt food plots in the afternoon. That way you can get in early and set up before the deer start moving. Going in... READ MORE