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Grandpa's First Deer
By Darrell Maidlow -- This story began a long time ago. My grandpa, Leo, and father, Ron, hunted out of necessity due to the fact that it was the Great Depression and they ate meat from the animals they harvested. My grandpa even loaded his own shel...

A Second Chance
By Brian R. Kightlinger -- My 2008 Ohio Buck Story actually started during the 2007 Ohio gun season. It was the first day of the season, and I was carrying a Thompson/Center Prohunter muzzleloader during a hunt with Bill Pyles of Ohio Bow Outfitters...

Choosing a Whitetail Bow
If you're like me, you are very attached to your hunting bow. Whether it's a new model less than a year old or an old warrior carrying the scars of countless deer seasons, bows become an integral part of our hunting persona. A quick glance at the dec...

Smitten with Missouri
By Jason Daugherty -- I started hunting white-tailed deer when I moved to Missouri four years ago, and I have been "ate up" with it ever since. During the last two years, my dad, Darrell, and I have hunted together. It seems like he outdoe...

The Velvet Buck
By Jeff Trisler -- Velvet! That was all that kept running through my mind once I wrapped my hands around this buck's antlers. It all happened so fast that I had never noticed the buck's "summer skin" still on its antlers. Once I released t...

Choices for Frigid Conditions, Part Two
By John M. Moschella -- In my previous article on hunting in frigid conditions, I presented ideas for staying warm in below zero temperatures. As several readers noted, I did not address keeping the head warm . . . an important omission, considering...

The Little Blue Bow
By Kurt Nielsen   -- My wife, four children, and I live in Nebraska. I grew up as the middle child, with two brothers and two sisters, on a farm located in central Nebraska. Our dad would take us fishing and hunting when we were kids. We were...

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...
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