Buckmasters Magazine

Thanks, Dad

Thanks, Dad

By Paul Thein

Childhood memories and tradition kept this hunter returning home for deer season. Since I was a teenager fresh out of hunter safety class, I’ve been hunting a family farm in Olmsted County, Minn. Our hunting party consists of cousins and close friends, and hunting together is a tradition. Over the years, I have watched many of our party bag ... READ MORE

Catch a Buck Napping

Catch a Buck Napping

By Jeff Murray

Try these three tricks to beat a buck in his most secure lair. Bedded bucks? You might get a glimpse of a bedded buck’s whereabouts, but the cost is giving away your presence in his little moated castle. Bucks are as elusive as Osama bin Laden when they decide to hole out for the day. And if you believe in telemetry studies, not to mention th... READ MORE

Mission Possible

Mission Possible

By Bob Stein

It’s hard to say who was happier, the first-time hunter or his dad. I am 45 years old and have been an avid deer hunter since I was 18. My dad didn’t hunt, so I picked it up on my own. For the first nine years of hunting, I didn’t shoot a deer, let alone a buck. But since then I’ve been on a roll. I’ve had my share of... READ MORE

Only In the Great North Woods

Only In the Great North Woods

By Chris Lorson

Friends tag monster bucks during annual reunion hunt in Canada. I look forward to my annual hunting vacation to get away from the constant phone calls and headaches of my job in Williamsport, Pa. For a number of years, I made solo trips to Saskatchewan, but now I have friends who go with me. It’s a reunion every year, and it’s always ha... READ MORE

Yesterday Once More

Yesterday Once More

By Denny Crisp

Even after 28 years, the details of taking a giant buck are crystal clear. It started out as a typical hunting day but turned into an event that, even 28 years later, seems like yesterday. On Nov. 11, 1978, deer season started off like any other. The alarm went off around 4 a.m., and I jumped out of bed and put on my blue jeans and red flannel shir... READ MORE

Low-Impact Whitetails

Low-Impact Whitetails

By Joe Blake

The name of the game in successful bowhunting is stealth. The bitter northwest wind stung my face as I made my way across the pasture, as did the bits of sleet that fell from the slate-gray sky. But I knew that once I reached the trees, I would be offered some protection, so I adjusted my loaded pack and trudged onward across the cold Minnesota la... READ MORE

As Reliable as the Sun

As Reliable as the Sun

By Bob Humphrey

Our biologist examines peak rut dates across the country. Peak rut represents an annual high point for deer hunters and the bucks they pursue. It's not surprising that predicting when it will occur is the hottest topic in whitetail hunting. Theories abound, based on a host of factors including temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed, type and ... READ MORE

5 Tips for Public Ground

5 Tips for Public Ground

By Bob Humphrey

Proven methods for taking deer in high-pressure locations. I was socializing with a group of outdoor writers one day when I bumped into a comrade from a neighboring state. I opened with the appropriate greeting. “How’d your deer season go?” Ordinarily that’s just an ice-breaker, a way to start a friendly conversation, but th... READ MORE

Rut-ology

Rut-ology

By Bob Humphrey

Because no other facet of whitetail behavior affects hunters more. Rut ... The mere mention of the word stirs the blood of every whitetail hunter. It is that precious time of the year when both hunter and prey go a little crazy. Mature bucks let down their guard as their attention shifts to procreating the species. Hunters, meanwhile, know this is ... READ MORE

Keep Stands Fresh

Keep Stands Fresh

By Steve Bartylla

Try to remain undetected, even when you don’t see the buck you’re after. I needed a break. During the off season, I’d invested several weeks in scouting and stand preparation. My intention had been to hunt the property hard. I knew it held mature bucks, and I staked my Wisconsin buck tag on taking one. I was confident that all I ... READ MORE

The Late Show

The Late Show

By Bob Humphrey

Check out these states that offer really late deer seasons. Woodpeckers. I’ve never seen so many blooming woodpeckers in all my life.” It’s funny the things you can find to occupy your mind during those long hours on stand. The abundance of woodpeckers seemed odd to me. In the late-season deer woods back home, I might see one or t... READ MORE

Plans B and C

Plans B and C

By Tracy Breen

Consistent hunters give themselves plenty of options. I remember watching my father stare out the living room window as he studied a feather dangling from a tree. It was a regular occurrence before he headed to the woods to hunt deer. The magical feather, along with the time of the season, determined the treestand he would use. Why was the feather ... READ MORE

Bowhunting Mini-Lessons

Bowhunting Mini-Lessons

By Tom Fegely

No matter how many years you hunt with a bow, there’s always something new to learn. Much of what I’ve learned about hunting over the years has come in small doses via lessons shared by friends or through personal experiences that have resulted in hits or misses. From rattling and grunting to deer jumping the string, check out these two... READ MORE

Warm Weather Whitetails

Warm Weather Whitetails

By Bob Humphrey

When the mercury soars, you can still find success in the whitetail woods. You didn’t need to feel it; you could see it was cold. A dense glazing of hoarfrost coated the tall canary grass and smartweed. As the big buck stepped into the clearing, steam spouted from his nostrils like a twin-stack semi. With eyes wide and ears perked forward, he... READ MORE

Who Needs a Rabbit’s Food?

Who Needs a Rabbit’s Food?

By Kathy Etling

It’s no accident this Wisconsin woman is so successful with a bow. At 3 p.m., Janice Maxfield and her son, Andy, age 11, walked toward a greenfield that had been planted not far from a brushy tangle of cottonwoods in north-central Kansas. It was the first afternoon of the Maxfield family bowhunt, and Janice planned to stay out until dark. And... READ MORE

Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd.

Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd