Buckmasters Magazine

Be Realistic

Be Realistic

By P.J. Reilly

Passing up small bucks is great, if there are bigger bucks in the area. My outfitter buddy loves to tell the same story at camp every year. It’s about a group of guys who signed up to hunt with him during Illinois’ late muzzleloader season. My buddy had e-mailed the guys to tell them what to expect, what gear they should bring, etc. He ... READ MORE

Game Changers

Game Changers

By Collected By Tim H. Martin

Buckmasters’ staffers share tips that have helped fill their tags. THE TARSAL HOARDER (Jackie Bushman) We can thank the good folks at Scent-Lok and Tink’s for developing scent-absorbing clothing, scent attractants and odor eliminators that fool a deer’s nose pretty doggone well. Today’s technology and improvements in hunting... READ MORE

Who Needs Shuteye?

Who Needs Shuteye?

By Russell Davis

Good things come to those who skip naps. I arose at 5 a.m. on Nov. 19, 2010 and was in my treestand by 6. Shortly after sunrise, a 30 mph south wind kicked up, making it impossible to hear. I was halfway up a 200-yard hill that faced a cornfield. I hunt that stand the first day of shotgun season every year and have pretty good luck. By 10 a.m. that... READ MORE

Feed Your Herd

Feed Your Herd

By Bob Humphrey

Reducing deer numbers is not the only way to balance deer with their habitat. Biologists use the letter K to denote carrying capacity — the number of animals, in this case deer, that existing habitat can support. Think of the food resources available on the land as a pie. Biologists love to use the pie analogy. No matter how you slice it, the... READ MORE

When Opportunity Knocks

When Opportunity Knocks

By P.J. Reilly

It’s good to have a game plan, but better to hunt a hot stand. There it was again, the deep, amorous grunt of a whitetail. The morning had not lightened enough to show me the buck I knew was close, but the eastern sky was becoming alive with color, so I tightened the grip on my 60-pound longbow and waited impatiently. I knew where the buck wa... READ MORE

Back In the Day

Back In the Day

By David Hart

Are whitetail hunting’s glory days a thing of the past? It’s been nearly more than 25 years since an unassuming farmer from Biggar, Saskatchewan set the deer hunting world on fire. Milo Hansen had no idea he was looking at the new world record when he pulled the trigger, but he set in motion what turned out to be a decades long obsessio... READ MORE

Smart Scouting

Smart Scouting

By Steve Bartylla

Have a plan when heading to the woods in the off season. I was frustrated. I’d seen a great buck during the early fall while scouting. Setting up on him, I came close twice, but not close enough. Then, he vanished. With the rut approaching quickly, I was worried. Knowing I needed to make a change, I began to scour the 60-acre woodlot. If the ... READ MORE

Picking Pockets

Picking Pockets

By Bob Robb

Small isolated cover areas can produce big results. I am not sure who coined the phrase “bigger is always better,” but it certainly applies to whitetail hunters. We’re always trying to shoot the biggest buck. What many hunters overlook is the fact that the biggest buck does not necessarily come from the largest tract of huntable l... READ MORE

A Perfect Match

A Perfect Match

By Dave Henderson

There’s an accurate load for YOUR slug shooter. When it comes to our slug-shooting setups, many of us think we have a Top Fuel dragster when we’re really shooting station wagons. But that’s okay, since real-life shotgun success depends largely on short-range slug performance. Occasionally you can stretch it past 150 yards under th... READ MORE

Two Shots, One Record

Two Shots, One Record

By Denver Crouch

The Story of Kentucky’s top crossbow buck. I’ve been a diehard bowhunter for 29 years, but shoulder replacement surgery on July 26, 2010, almost broke my bowhunting streak. My surgeon suggested I use a crossbow, and after a lot of thought, I decided to give it a try. I purchased a crossbow and obtained the proper paperwork to hunt with ... READ MORE

The Next Level

The Next Level

By Steve Bartylla

Stand efficiency makes the difference between a close encounter and a filled tag. As the buck approached the water hole, I could barely move my head. With the stand facing uphill, I had a doe and two fawns at eye level at just 30 yards. The doe had picked out my outline earlier and hadn’t cared for it one bit. She eventually calmed down, but ... READ MORE

Lords of the Night

Lords of the Night

By Bob Humphrey

Five tips for hunting nocturnal bucks. It had been a particularly frustrating fall. Pre-rut deer activity was unusually slow, likely in part because of an abundant acorn crop. The deer didn’t have to travel far to find food. Just about the time buck movement should have been heating up, a warm front moved in. For four days, the mercury never ... READ MORE

Two Bucks, One Great Day

Two Bucks, One Great Day

By Jim Kinsey

A hunting couple share an amazing day on public land in Montana. Something was moving through the stand of jack pines nearly 300 yards away. Jana and I peered intently at the ghostly shape, trying to make out details in the early morning light. My fingers, cold from the crisp morning air, begged for warmth. The sun was still hidden by a large mount... READ MORE

Scopes Simplified

Scopes Simplified

By Dave Henderson

How to pick a scope that’s right for your gun and hunting style. It’s called Queeny’s Landing, a historic wooden deer stand on the brushy shore of Peckerwood Lake on Wingmead Farms in east-central Arkansas. Wingmead is a waterfowling destination of large repute, the lake formed when long-ago owner Edgar Queeny dammed local streams... READ MORE

Take a Rest

Take a Rest

By P.J. Reilly

They’re not the sexiest accessory, but rests are the most important bow component. Don’t ask my friend Rob about the 2010 archery season in Wisconsin. It still gives him nightmares. Rob was sitting in a treestand in a nondescript Badger State woodlot one morning during the rut, when the cameraman watching his every move tapped him on th... READ MORE

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