Buckmasters Magazine

Single and Happy

Single and Happy

By Ken Piper

Flat-shooting bows have given new life to single-pin sights. I'm getting to that age where things just don't work the way they used to. My belly is round instead of flat, I can't hear a deer coming any more (wear hearing protection at the gun range!), and the pins on my bow sight are getting blurry. I'm also starting to appreciate the simpler thing... READ MORE

The Real Rut

The Real Rut

By Bob Humphrey

Understanding whitetail breeding is the key to hunting the rut effectively. In the small woodlot behind a lush clover field, a buck stirs in his bed. The sun set less than an hour ago. He rises, surveys his surroundings and takes two steps forward. He licks his nose and tests the air while his ears twist this way and that, straining against the clo... READ MORE

Covert Ops

Covert Ops

By Steve Bartylla

How to get more from your trail cameras than just pictures. I’d been holding out for a big, mature buck with my bow, but when I still hadn’t put a tag on one by the close of the firearms season, I knew I had to make a move. I had several trail cameras out and decided to swap out the memory cards and let the pictures tell their story. If... READ MORE

Management Makeover

Management Makeover

By David Hart

Biologists face new challenges as herd dynamics change. Like nature itself, white-tailed deer management is in a constant state of change. Too many deer, too few hunters, disease, even the constant evolution of hunters themselves creates new management hurdles for deer biologists. It’s no surprise that a host of new challenges is on the horiz... READ MORE

The Deer Doctors

The Deer Doctors

By Bob Humphrey

New studies examine predator impact, protein effect and more. Wildlife biologists, many of whom are hunters, spend a considerable amount of time in the field and come up with some pretty interesting stuff. Most of what we know about deer anatomy, physiology, biology, breeding behavior, food preferences, vocalizations and habitat use originated fro... READ MORE

Raise Your Rattling IQ

Raise Your Rattling IQ

By P.J. Reilly

Ph.D. applies some science to the mystery of antler rattling. Being a deer hunter offers the opportunity to see things in the woods that non-hunters probably will see only on TV: a buck chasing a doe during the rut, a buck making a scrape or a doe challenging a coyote to protect her fawns. The first time I saw two bucks fighting was about 15 year... READ MORE

The Seven Deadly Sins of Bowhunting

The Seven Deadly Sins of Bowhunting

By P.J. Reilly

Hunting with stick and string has enough challenges, so avoid these common mistakes. In a perfect world, Superman always foils the crime, baseball is always played outdoors and bowhunters always get the drop on Old Swayback. Spoiler alert! Superman is a cartoon. Teams like Seattle and Milwaukee play their home games inside domes, and bowhunters s... READ MORE

Murphy Was a Deer Hunter

Murphy Was a Deer Hunter

By Bob Humphrey

Anything that can go wrong in the deer woods usually does. I had no hunting mentors when I was a kid. There were no hunters among my family or friends. I didn’t even know anyone who hunted. I gleaned what I could from outdoor magazines (there were three at the time) and books (there were darned few of those), but most of what I learned came t... READ MORE

Pining for Bucks

Pining for Bucks

By Ken Piper

You can figure out how to hunt any property if you focus on a deer’s basic needs. I couldn’t see the buck when my daughter’s .243 roared, but I saw it run off the field, and it didn’t look hurt. Turning to me with a horrified look, Megan said, “Dad, I think I missed it! All this time waiting for a chance at a buck, and... READ MORE

Monster Magnets

Monster Magnets

By Dan Tierney

Learn how these four bowhunters consistently tag trophies on small private properties and public land. For three years, the Wisconsin giant taunted Dan Infalt from its strategically positioned bed under a willow tree in a relatively open area. With each season, the buck grew bigger and smarter, constantly eluding Infalt while consistently bedding i... READ MORE

Lunar or Loony?

Lunar or Loony?

By David Hart

Does moon phase really affect deer activity? As an outfitter who hunts on some of the most storied ground in the country, Darrin Bradley is always looking for a leg up on trophy bucks. So, in 1994, he started keeping track of his personal deer observations and those of his hunters, along with weather data. “I wanted to collect statistics rela... READ MORE

Drop Tine Blues

Drop Tine Blues

By Michael Morgan

Nothing is more frustrating, or more rewarding, than hunting with a bow. I have lived my whole life in Louisiana, and ever since I was in diapers, I have loved the outdoors. I started bowhunting six years ago and found it to be the most rewarding and frustrating hunting of my life. In other words, I’m hooked. Three years ago, my friend Whit A... READ MORE

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life

By David Hart

White-tailed bucks lead a pretty mundane existence ... until the rut kicks in. Countless research projects have taught us a lot about whitetail behavior. Bucks range far and wide during the rut, for example, and buck activity is often dictated by doe behavior. Most studies are conducted using GPS technology that sends a signal every hour. It’... READ MORE

Second Chance

Second Chance

By Mike Handley

If at first you don’t succeed, get another arrow ready. A 24-year-old welder from Abingdon, Ill., made short work of dispatching a deer on Nov. 4, but it took the avid bowhunter more than two hours to realize it. Matt Ford wanted to know if the gigantic buck was dead, of course, but he was in no hurry to confirm his suspicion that his less-th... READ MORE

No Bones About It

No Bones About It

By Bob Humphrey

There’s more to judging a trophy than antlers. Body characteristics can tell you a lot about a buck. The buck that stood before me was a real tempter — not huge, but the best I’d seen in an 11-hour vigil. I knew he would meet many hunters’ definition of a shooter, even my own under different circumstances. But I knew this pi... READ MORE

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