Buckmasters Magazine

When Good Stands Go Bad

When Good Stands Go Bad

By Bob Robb

Even the most careful hunters can pollute a stand if they use it too much. Ah, the vigor and intelligence of youth! When I started hunting whitetails, I ran through the woods thinking I knew everything. Truth is, I didn’t know much at all. After a few seasons, I remember asking myself, “How come the old guy in camp always gets a buck, a... READ MORE

The Deadliest Disease

The Deadliest Disease

By Bob Humphrey

Despite the fear about CWD, far more whitetails succumb to EHD. When chronic wasting disease (CWD) hit the headlines at the beginning of this decade, it was considered a significant threat. Speaking at the Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference in April, 2002, Dr. Valeruis Geist — one of North America’s most respected big game biologist... READ MORE

Off-Season Practice

Off-Season Practice

By P.J. Reilly

Five Tips that will make you a better shot with a bow. The closer the buck inched toward my treestand, the louder my heart pounded in my ears. It was Nov. 1, 2010, and a fine Pennsylvania 9-pointer had found the spot where I’d started the doe-in-estrus scent trail that ended at the base of my tree. My trail was reeling the buck in, but his pr... READ MORE

Where Did He Come From?

Where Did He Come From?

By David Hart

Sometimes the biggest bucks show up out of nowhere. When his client said he hit what looked like a heavy 10-pointer in the waning hours of daylight last fall, outfitter Chris McClellan figured it was one of the bucks he had been watching prior to the season. Diligent in his pre-season scouting, McClellan is familiar with the bucks that live on the ... READ MORE

Midmorning Madness

Midmorning Madness

By Mike Handley

Think twice before abandoning your stand for a rendezvous with a cheeseburger! If a buck falls in the forest and nobody’s there to hear the shot, do guns make noise? You betcha. There might’ve been fewer deer hunters afoot or aloft between 10 a.m. and noon on Nov. 15, the second day of Indiana’s 2009 firearms season, but those who... READ MORE

Weathering the Storm

Weathering the Storm

By Ryan Noffsinger

Everybody loses a deer sooner or later. It’s how you bounce back that really counts. Have you ever wanted something so badly that you could taste it? I’d bowhunted west-central Illinois for three straight years without filling a buck tag, and I desperately wanted to dine on venison instead of tag soup. I wouldn’t have minded a tri... READ MORE

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

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