Buckmasters Magazine

Heavy or Light?

Heavy or Light?

By Jeff Murray

Speed is a big issue when it comes to arrows, but weight is important, too. It was Nov. 14, 2000-something, and my partner and I both missed easy shots at very nice bucks — but for reasons at the opposite ends of the mistake spectrum. “Bad” Brad missed because, I believe, he shoots too much speed, something like 320 feet per secon... READ MORE

Ohio Public Land Whitetails

Ohio Public Land Whitetails

By Freddie McKnight

Not all the Buckeye State bruisers are taken on private land. One minute I was watching a pair of yearling does contentedly feeding in my direction. The next, I was watching the largest buck I have ever seen while in a treestand. It was chasing a doe, presumably the yearlings’ mother, and was slowly working my way. It was hard to believe that... READ MORE

Big Buck Bonds Brothers

Big Buck Bonds Brothers

By Matt Spetts

Some moments in the deer woods will change you forever. It’s interesting how a hunter evolves, especially when, as in my case, that evolution is a direct parallel to the maturation of the individual. I believe that one season, one hunt, one harvest or even one moment can influence a hunter and change his perspective on the sport forever. I ex... READ MORE

Do-It-Yourself Video

Do-It-Yourself Video

By Jeff Murray

How to film your own hunt and look like a pro! The buck responded to my grunt call like a box car freighting on a straight-line rail. He was on a hot trot, non-stop. Of course I panicked. I expected the 12-pointer to freeze, look in my direction, and then look off to the side — like every other buck I’d grunted at. “Handcuff&rdquo... READ MORE

Dear Tom

Dear Tom

By Tom Fegely

Insights on hunting that you won’t hear from Abby. Having been the outdoors editor of a 150,000-circulation newspaper in eastern Pennsylvania for nearly 30 years, I regularly used questions from readers in my version of “Dear Abby.” Instead of advising and commenting on affairs of the heart, however, I tried to share information o... READ MORE

Who Really Wins Our Sweepstakes?

Who Really Wins Our Sweepstakes?

By Jackie Bushman

Photo: Billy Sawyer of Crossett, Arkansas, won the 2016 Buckmasters Ohio Hunt Sweepstakes. Billy passed away on April 20, 2017. People often ask if anybody really wins the Buckmasters sweepstakes hunts they see on our TV commercials and on the internet. The answer is a resounding yes! Those hunts are an important part of our television filming sche... READ MORE

After the Shot

After the Shot

By Bob Humphrey

Only fools rush in to track a wounded deer. It was in the waning minutes of daylight, and the dense softwood canopy hastened the dusk. From any other stand, I might already have started packing up my gear, but the one I was perched in had a history of last-minute activity, so I held out to the very end. The nearby snap of a branch seemed too loud t... READ MORE

Heartbreak to Redemption

Heartbreak to Redemption

By Mark Oliver

A bad day at the office takes an unlikely turn for the better for this Buckmasters cameraman. The mighty cottonwoods of Alberta had turned a golden yellow, a hint that winter was just around the corner. Most of the crops had been harvested, and the deer were plentiful. I had been trapped in the office for just over seven months, and when I finally ... READ MORE

The Boys of Summer

The Boys of Summer

By Ken Piper

Why the first week of the season is your best chance to take a book buck with a bow. Late September and early October are when baseball’s boys of summer get serious and compete for their sport’s ultimate prize. If you hunt deer with a bow, I don’t care if you’re the world’s biggest baseball fan, skip the playoffs on TV... READ MORE

Small Group Deer Drives

Small Group Deer Drives

By David Hart

Less can be more when it comes to pushing deer. The morning hunt was uneventful, but as Mike Mattly and two friends watched a dandy buck slip into a small patch of cover, he knew things were about to get interesting. The three Iowa hunters were driving back to town when they spotted the buck on property they had permission to hunt, so after a few m... READ MORE

Make Your Scouting Count

Make Your Scouting Count

By Tom Fegely

Not all deer season preparation is created equal. At precisely 5 a.m. on Oct. 1, 1988, Craig Krisher climbed into his treestand in Pennsylvania farm country. It had become a familiar spot, one in which the then 25-year-old bowhunter had spent other dawns during previous months. The homemade stand and surrounding acreage had become familiar territor... READ MORE

The $5 Ground Blind

The $5 Ground Blind

By Russell Thornberry

Sometimes you can’t beat what nature provides. Bowhunters are using ground blinds more often these days for several reasons: Some of the more senior bowhunters are less willing to climb trees because of the danger factor, and many others are simply afraid of heights. There are so many excellent commercial ground blinds on the market today tha... READ MORE

All About Luck

All About Luck

By Bill Claspell

Success isn’t always measured by animals on the ground. There are a hundred, maybe more, stories to tell about elk camp, and choosing the right one to put to print is a chore. I could talk about the camaraderie of sharing camp with fellow fanatics, or of sneaking through the timber at daybreak, or of watching a bull rake his antlers on a sage... READ MORE

Foodplotting With an ATV

Foodplotting With an ATV

By Chuck Roberts

You don’t need a giant tractor to have a successful food plot. Years ago, food plots were typically large agricultural undertakings — big greenfields of up to 50 or more acres found mostly on active farmland or huge hunt club leases. There were several million other deer hunters out there who wanted to make plots but lacked the means to... READ MORE

The Crossbow Effect

The Crossbow Effect

By David Hart

Are they good or bad for the sport of hunting? Hunter numbers were falling, deer complaints were rising and the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries was looking for a potential solution to both problems. So, in 2005, the Department legalized crossbows for all hunters during the state’s early archery season. Four years later, Matt Knox,... READ MORE

Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd.

Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd