Buckmasters Magazine

The Perfect Morning

The Perfect Morning

By Glenn Evans

Illinois bowhunter waits for just the right day to hunt his favorite stand. I had waited two weeks for the weatherman to tell me the wind would be right to hunt my favorite stand. It was a cold November morning with temperatures in the mid-20s and a northwest wind of about 10 mph. I knew I had to be in the stand. I was able to juggle my schedule fo... READ MORE

Bassin’ for Bucks

Bassin’ for Bucks

By Kathy Etling

These tournament fishing pros know a thing or two about taking whitetails. KEVIN VanDAM  Age: 44 Home base: Kalamazoo, Mich. Former occupation: tackle and boat salesman Years as a pro: 22 Tournament earnings: nearly $6 million Notable achievements: four-time winner of the Bassmaster Classic; seven-time BASS Angler of t... READ MORE

Does Matter

Does Matter

By Bob Humphrey

If your objective is a buck, you should spend more time scouting does. Where are you going tomorrow?” my son asked, partly curious about my plan and partly disappointed that he wouldn’t be able to join me because of school. “Back to the bog,” I replied. “Why?” he continued. “We’ve seen nothing but doe... READ MORE

Climbers vs. Hang-Ons

Climbers vs. Hang-Ons

By P.J. Reilly

Which type of treestand do the pros prefer? Paper or plastic? Bow or gun? Ford or Chevy? Variety is the spice of life, they say, but any time you have variety, you’re going to have differing opinions. In the world of deer hunting, one tastes great/less filling argument you’re sure to hear in most camps revolves around treestands. Which ... READ MORE

Every Deer, Every Time

Every Deer, Every Time

By David Hart

Follow this expert tracker’s advice to increase your recovery rate. As a guide and operations manager for Hadley Creek Outfitters, part of Jared Heller’s job entails finding bucks shot by his hunters. In the 13 years he’s worked for the Illinois outfitter, Heller has tracked hundreds of deer. While most of them are easy to find, s... READ MORE

Here’s Your Sign

Here’s Your Sign

By David Hart

Because we've all done dumb things in the deer woods. What is it about whitetails that turns ordinarily smart folks into bumbling idiots? Maybe it’s a giant buck caught on a trail camera or just the urge to get off the pavement and into the woods in a hurry. Whatever the reason, we leave common sense (and toilet paper) behind and do things ou... READ MORE

Smile for the Camera

Smile for the Camera

By Bob Humphrey

The bucks might not be grinning, but you will if you follow this trail camera advice. There’s an inverse correlation between scouting time and hunting time. The more hours you devote to scouting, the less you should have to spend hunting. But first-hand observation provides limited results. Sign, like tracks, scat, scrapes and rubs tells you ... READ MORE

The Bonus Point Buck

The Bonus Point Buck

By Eric Sponable

Indiana bowhunter has the cure for this 8-pointer’s headache. I decided to take vacation for the last week of Indiana’s regular archery season. I had other obligations, including the care of my 6-month-old son Drake, but I was dreaming of five quality days in the woods Nov. 7 through 11. I started by hunting a piece of public land I had... READ MORE

Bucket List Checkoff

Bucket List Checkoff

By Bob Humphrey

If you get a chance, hunt in Iowa at least once before you die. Ready to concede another day, I paused to take one last look before packing up my gear and heading to the truck. I’d been watching deer feeding feverishly across an immense cut cornfield for the better part of two hours but hadn’t seen a buck large enough to quicken my puls... READ MORE

That Explains the Yelling

That Explains the Yelling

By Billy Jeffries

A casual coyote hunt turned into a buck of a lifetime for one vocal Oklahoma man. I didn’t have great expectations that November day, but I did have some free time, so I decided to spend the evening in the woods about 200 yards from my house. As I walked out the door, I grabbed my son’s .22-250, thinking my chances of seeing a coyote we... READ MORE

Late-Season Bucks

Late-Season Bucks

By P.J. Reilly

When it comes to hunting in the cold, it’s all about the food. Mark Drury has it good, and he knows it. He hunts deer for a living in some of North America’s best whitetail country. For a living. Because it’s his job to chase whitetails, Drury is out in the field doing just that from opening day until the season closes. Ask the ve... READ MORE

When the Wind Blows

When the Wind Blows

By Bob Robb

Strong winds seem to send deer underground, but you can find them. It was the right time to be there. It just seemed like the wrong day. It was a couple of days before Halloween in 2010, and the pre-rut chase activity was in full bloom in central Illinois. The days had been a bit warm, but the deer were moving early and late. It seemed like every d... READ MORE

Snow Tracking Bucks

Snow Tracking Bucks

By Bob Robb

A fresh coating of white stuff can be like a road map to a big whitetail. I didn’t grow up in snow country, so the fine art of tracking deer didn’t interest me until later in life. A spot-and-stalk hunter, my first real interest in tracking game didn’t come until my first African safari. There, I watched a pair of bushmen track a ... READ MORE

Straight from the Masters

Straight from the Masters

By Fred Eichler

How predator hunting has made me a better deer hunter. I’ve learned a lot from predators over the years. They make a living killing so, naturally, they’re pretty good at it. If you hunt predators long enough, you become a pretty good predator yourself. You’re also bound to pick up a few techniques from them along the way. There&rs... READ MORE

Incredible Antlers

Incredible Antlers

By Bob Humphrey

What is it about these remarkable works of natural art that so fascinates us? Humans have long been fascinated by antlers. The ancients depicted large-racked bucks on cave wall drawings, and Native Americans often sought out the biggest bucks, adorning themselves and their lodges with antlers during ceremonial events. To this day, the mere sighting... READ MORE

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