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Sometimes It's Your Day
By Bob Johnson -- On Monday, Nov. 10, I left work at lunch to go out and hunt that afternoon in search of a big buck that I knew was out there. I had spotted this deer crossing the road and in the neighboring fields for the last few weeks but never ...

How Many Acres and Where to Plant for Deer and Turkeys
By Kent Kammermeyer Certified Wildlife Biologist/Consultant -- Both deer and wild turkeys will definitely benefit from high quality agronomic food plots on a minimum of 5 to 10 percent of your property in a heavily forested area wherever this is fe...

Rough Country Whitetails
By Randy D. Smith -- It was early December and a chilling breeze wafted through the leafless trees lacing the lower shelves of steep canyon walls southwest of Clark County State Lake in Kansas.  The shadowed faces of two narrow canyons were coa...

Bucks for Two
By Holly Sidebottom -- My husband Josh and I married Oct. 18, 2008. As outdoor enthusiasts and bowhunting fanatics, we planned the honeymoon of our dreams to Brown County, Ill. We prepared vigorously for our trip, often putting wedding plans on the ...

One Fine Buck
By Rick Creech -- I have been a deer hunter for many years and have found that bowhunting is much more enjoyable than carrying a rifle to the woods. To prove my point, I now have a phenomenal buck, which I took with a bow this season. My wife and ...

Whitetail Vocalizations
Text & Photos by Tommy Kirkland -- The silence is broken. There along the edge of the forest are faint echoes of a few soft grunts. Setting your sights in that direction, you search the landscape. With the anticipation of a rutting buck, you are...

One for the Books
By Kyle White   -- I picked up bowhunting about three years ago and really got into it last season. I missed plenty of does and was frustrated at times, but I certainly love the challenge. This year, my cousin invited me to go to Indiana with...

Chronic Wasting Disease Confirmed in Michigan
By Gary Engberg -- Now, Michigan can be added to the list of states that have confirmed cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Presence of the disease was officially confirmed Aug. 25, 2008, when the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames,...

Going in Blind
By Tracy Breen   -- In the past decade, numerous white-tailed deer hunters have traveled to Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin more than ever before with one goal in mind: to harvest a wallhanger. The above-mentioned states along with others...

Where There's a Will, There's a Way
By Jon Bryan -- In a previous story I submitted to Buckmasters.com, I had mentioned seeing a nice buck with tall, uneven antlers and a pronounced limp. I had decided that if given the opportunity, I would harvest it.    My neighbor capt...

Scout, Scout, Scout
By Steve G. Morgan -- January in Utah brings cold wind and fall hunting applications. The state is known for big game, but prime hunts are difficult to draw. Thousands of people apply every year and only a lucky few are chosen. I had applied for &qu...

Help from Dad
By Jim Smith -- I lost my best hunting partner this October. He was my dad, and he was my hero. We loved to hunt together. My dad, Jim, passed away at home early on a Friday morning while I was out hunting. Since then it has been hard to get out the...

A Grandpa's Influence
By Timothy Dunn -- I was not interested in deer hunting until I turned 24. It was the fall of 1992, when I talked with my grandfather, Roy, about deer hunting, that I became interested. The old timer jumped at the chance to tell me how exciting it i...

The Shirttail Trophy
By Thomas Jones -- Dawn came quickly as the sun's rays seemed to creep through the shadows of the pine trees, which softly swayed in the breeze. The owls hooted as the ducks and geese took flight from the ponds and river as we sat waiting for our b...

The Whitetail 500
By Roger Roan -- "Go down the fence row about 80 yards, turn right into the woods, then go south 60 paces and look for a big stump. Turn right and put your stand up in the triple-trunk tree. Think you can find it?" whispered Mark. We ease...

The Freak
By Justin Malouf -- It was just a normal day in November when I decided to call a friend of mine and see if he would like to go hunting. He was just getting in from an 8-day bow hunt in Illinois and needed to go shoot his rifle to make sure it was s...

PaPa's Gift
By Tammy Wilson -- My father-in-law, Clyde "Pete" Wilson, passed away on Oct. 13, 2003. Not a day goes by that we don't think of him, but since he was an avid hunter, he is particularly remembered a lot during deer season. My 11-year-old ...

Archery Targets Tested and Rated
By Tracy Breen -- If you are an avid bowhunter, you have probably had a bad experience with an archery target. Here's the scenario: You try to pull an arrow out of the target and realize you need to tug a little bit. You tighten your grip on the sha...

Late Night, Early Morning
By Kelsea King -- Like your average 17-year-old girl, I was out late, and I didn't get home until somewhere around 1 a.m. It was the beginning of Nov. 2007, and I had to be up three hours later for the second day of rifle season. I hit the sack fo...

Genuine American Hero
By Steven LaMascus -- Brad Alexander is a small, muscular man from Kentucky, who, except for a black beard, could be called baby faced. His demeanor is one of quiet confidence in his abilities and the polite, soft-spoken, unassuming personality of a...
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