Buckmasters Magazine

Bucks in the Badlands

Bucks in the Badlands

By Jim Kinsey

Fathers watch their sons tag big bucks during an unforgettable public land deer hunt. Montana’s general rifle season was well under way, but I was in Zimbabwe filming a pilot for a new TV show. You’d think being on safari in a foreign country would have kept me focused, but I was dreaming about big bulls and bucks in the States. I could... READ MORE

Trail Cameras for Dummies

Trail Cameras for Dummies

By David Hart

It’s time to catch up and start using this amazing scouting tool. As an outfitter whose business depends on putting clients on big deer, Josh Cobb needs all the help he can get. So when he started using trail cameras eight years ago in an attempt to gauge the caliber of bucks that were on his southern Iowa properties, Cobb was floored. "I was... READ MORE

Plotting Their Demise

Plotting Their Demise

By Bob Humphrey

Some food plots are designed for feeding; others for shooting. They’re feeding on beans right now,” our local contact said. So, for two straight afternoons, I sat along the edge of a huge soybean field. The only deer I saw were a few does that came out just as shooting light faded. It was early muzzleloader season in Kansas, and conside... READ MORE

The Ol’ Switcheroo

The Ol’ Switcheroo

By Joe Blake

Pose as a rival to throw a mature buck off his game. The big whitetail was closing the distance, but light was fading just as quickly. I wanted to force the issue with a challenge grunt or wheeze, but the openness of the area and the proximity of the 140-inch 8-pointer made me think twice. At 50 yards, the buck stopped and tested the wind. Plumes o... READ MORE

Déerjà vu

Déerjà vu

By Gita M. Smith

Lightning strikes twice for Ohio bowhunter Ron Lance. A tinkling sound. What could make a tinkling sound? Ron Lance had to think a moment. Then he realized that something — maybe antlers — had been brushing the branches of saplings. The bowhunter from Waynesville, Ohio, couldn’t see a buck, but he got ready, just in case. This was... READ MORE

Pondering Point Restrictions

Pondering Point Restrictions

By David Hart

Are antler point restrictions the answer to quality buck opportunities? In 1995, the Mississippi Legislature passed a law requiring the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to implement sweeping changes to the state’s deer hunting regulations. Among them, hunters statewide were restricted to bucks with at least four antler points. It was a ... READ MORE

Melissa’s First Buck

Melissa’s First Buck

By Richard P. Smith

Take a kid hunting, and you’ll both enjoy a life-changing moment. Not many whitetails in the Midwest are taken by stalking, but that’s how my niece got her first buck. Melissa and I were in a blind on one end of a large hay field, hoping a buck would come within 100 yards. A spike came out and presented a shot, but Melissa wanted someth... READ MORE

Young Guns ... and Bows

Young Guns ... and Bows

By Mike Handley

Some hunters don’t wait very long to shoot their buck-of-a-lifetime. They can walk into a movie theater and watch “Bambi,” but they’re not old enough to pass through the turnstile for “The Deer Hunter.” Many couldn’t even see “Avatar” by themselves. Except for holidays, they can’t take vac... READ MORE

The Natural Advantage

The Natural Advantage

By Bob Humphrey

There’s a lot you can do besides plant food plots to improve a deer hunting property. I don’t own a lot of land, but it’s enough that there are places I might not set foot on for an entire season or two. It was one such corner that I happened into one warm, blustery November afternoon. With wind and temperatures being what they we... READ MORE

Management Myths

Management Myths

By David Hart

Don’t believe everything you hear about improving your whitetail herd. Deer hunters have become an educated group. Thanks largely to an insatiable appetite for knowledge about our favorite game animal, we know more about whitetail biology, behavior and management than any other generation. While many of the myths and misconceptions have been ... READ MORE

Tips and Tidbits

Tips and Tidbits

By Joe Blake

The writer shares a few tricks learned over his 30-plus years of bowhunting. The hunter’s moon was rising in the east, sending millions of light shimmers reflecting off the frost-covered grass along the edge of the meadow. The day was nearly done, and shooting light was fading fast on the last day before the opening of the 2007 Minnesota gun ... READ MORE

Earth, Wind & Fire

Earth, Wind & Fire

By Bob Humphrey

These three elements are the key to every deer hunt. You see the titles every year in hunting magazines: “A Dozen of the Deadliest Deer Hunting Tricks,” “10 Tips for Tall-Tined Monsters,” “Six Can’t-Fail Treestand Tactics,” “Five Sure-Fire Methods for Big Bucks.” You’d think you have to be... READ MORE

Lee Lakosky’s Gentle Giant

Lee Lakosky’s Gentle Giant

By Ken Piper

The timid nature of some big bucks makes them hard to hunt. Fans of “The Crush with Lee and Tiffany” already know the Lakoskys tag some monster deer every year, and their success is no accident. The husband-and-wife hunting pair have farms in Iowa and Kansas, and they work hard to manage the land and the deer with the goal of allowing b... READ MORE

Never in a Million Years

Never in a Million Years

By Jean Willcox

This former anti-hunter can’t wait for next deer season. If someone had told me 10 years ago that I would be hunting and loving it, I would have told them they were crazy. That would NEVER happen ... not in a million years. I grew up in an animal-loving, hunter-hating, anti-gun home in Altoona, Pa. To this day, my family doesn’t know th... READ MORE

The Day Shift

The Day Shift

By Bob Humphrey

What does science say about big bucks moving in the middle of the day? My morning started badly. Before I even left the cabin, the lid blew off my thermos, splattering me with scalding cocoa. Then my guide and I were late leaving camp. Thirty minutes down the road, we were nearly to the pull-off when we encountered another guide broke down on the r... READ MORE

Keep Your Head in the Game

Keep Your Head in the Game

By P.J. Reilly

Learn to keep your cool in the heart-pounding seconds surrounding a shot. By the time I reached my buddy J.R., he was a wreck. His face was ghost white, his hands were shaking and his voice was stammering — pretty typical symptoms for someone who had just arrowed his first buck and subsequently been bitten by the bowhunting bug. J.R. said he'... READ MORE

Hunt Like a Lady

Hunt Like a Lady

By Mike Handley

No longer novelties in the woods, the ladies are taking some really big bucks! Just a couple of years ago, the Wall Street Journal published a story about how a troubled outdoors industry was staking its future on women who hunt and shoot — seeing as how fewer guys and more gals are going afield. USA Today tackled the subject more recently fr... READ MORE

Food Plots: What’s Right for You?

Food Plots: What’s Right for You?

By David Hart

Think about your goals to determine what to plant. When did things get so complicated? It seems like you need a degree in agronomy to grow some deer food these days. Soil sample. Fertilizer. Herbicides. Tractor or ATV? Disk or tiller? Clover, wheat, beans or chicory? It’s enough to make some hunters quit before they even begin. The good news ... READ MORE

Bucks on a Shoestring

Bucks on a Shoestring

By Tracy Breen

You don’t have to spend big bucks to hunt out of state for big bucks. Lots of us dream of harvesting that one big buck before our hunting days are over — and usually that dream goes unfulfilled. Why? Simply put, most whitetail hunters don’t live where a majority of the big bucks do. Sure, an occasional local tags a monster, but he... READ MORE

Deer Talk 101

Deer Talk 101

By David Hart

It’s not that difficult to pull in bucks by rattling and grunting. When daylight broke on a cold Iowa morning two years ago, Rick White knew exactly what to do. It was the pre-rut in early November, so just a few minutes after he settled into his stand, the 47-year-old Cedar Rapids resident pulled a rattle bag out of his backpack and started ... READ MORE

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