By Jacob Zhanel
This classic mistake has happened to me more times than I'd like to admit, and I bet it's happened to you, too.
After sitting in the stand for several hours without seeing so much as a squirrel or bird, I would stand up to stretch or grab a snack out of the backpack. As soon as I got to my feet, a deer I couldn't see through the brush would spook ... READ MORE
Clamped Tail? Better Go Trail!
By Tim H. Martin
We all know the telltale signs of a deer being hit with a bullet. The obvious reactions are a hunching of the back, a bronco-like kick, stumbling, and a changing of the deer’s gait or even the animal being completely knocked down. But one important sign is much more subtle. While hunting with an outfitter in Ohio several autumns ago, I learne... READ MORE
Sometimes it's the bow.
By Tim H. Martin
Sometimes it's the Indian. When I first started working for Buckmasters in 1997, it didn't take long to realize I was going to learn a lot from the people around me. One of the first really great tips I picked up was from former Buckmasters editor Russell Thornberry. He basically overhauled my bow form and taught me how to reduce torque and prevent... READ MORE
4WD Safety Tips
Because so many Buckmasters members own four-wheel drive vehicles, these tips from a driving school instructor could teach hunters a thing or two about 4WD safety on the main road.
"The byproduct of seeing nature off-road is that you gain respect for it," says Bruce Elfstrom, the CEO of Overland Experts, a Connecticut-based off-road driving school... READ MORE
What’s the Rush?
By Anthony Smith
Photo: You’ll never know if your buck of a lifetime was on its way if you shoot the doe it was chasing. My tip is a bit of advice that could help deer hunters whether they are inexperienced or have been hunting whitetails for years. It’s something I learned by chance one morning while in a treestand, but I plan to practice this from now... READ MORE
Unwanted Scent Trail Visitors
By Christine Miller
Photo: Montana’s Christine Miller took this fine 8-pointer at her favorite spot. She shares her story about being followed from that stand by an unknown creature, along with advice on when not to leave a scent trail with buck lure.
I'm a female hunter from Montana who doesn’t mind the strong smell of buck-in-rut lures. They are highly ... READ MORE
Arrow Deflection String Test
By Andrew Davis
I live in the upper Midwest where the terrain is thick and not bowhunter-friendly. When I choose a treestand location, I have to trim a lot of foliage just to see out, let alone launch an arrow. Before I started using the tip I’m about to share, I’d sit in my stand and do my best to figure out which branches needed removing. Like most ... READ MORE
More Unusual Tactics & Tips
By Jamie Gemino
I’m just being honest when I say I’ve been very successful the past few years to have taken some monster bucks in my home state of Indiana. Buckmasters fans have been sending some very unusual tips to Tip of the Week, and I’d like to share some of my own methods for putting nice bucks on my wall. Pop-up Blind Backdoor Ambush Matu... READ MORE
Gut Instinct Leads to Gut Pile
By Lee Hutcherson
Although I’ve only been hunting whitetails a few short years, I no longer wander around undecided about where I will hunt. This season, I learned something that other Buckmasters fans might appreciate. I’m blessed to hunt 2,000 acres of private land, so picking a spot to hunt can be a little overwhelming at times. Heck, it’s hard ... READ MORE
Of Scope Cuts and Inner Voices
By Tim H. Martin
The lone feral boar rooted in the open field 220 yards away. It was completely unaware of my presence as it swished its tail, seemingly taking pleasure in turning my friend’s pasture in to a crater field. With the winds from the remnants of Hurricane Nate swirling at the back of my neck, I knew I needed to shoot now or risk being smelled. Th... READ MORE
Simple Solutions for Bowhunting Misses
By Bob Humphrey and Yamaha Outdoors
Photo: There’s usually a simple solution for eliminating bowhunting miscues. There are many reasons why bowhunters miss deer. The most common is simply misjudging distance. That one’s relatively easy to remedy. Use a rangefinder. You should also spend idle time on stand practicing your range estimation. Pick a spot, ... READ MORE
A Venison vs. Deer Meat Story
By Harley Trumbo
Thank God, I never witnessed my father field dressing a deer! At age 60, and the youngest of three brothers, I shudder at their horror stories of Dad’s methods of handling dead deer and field dressing them. Killing a deer was rare back then, so Dad made it a point to stop by every gas station in town and relive the hunt with friends &m... READ MORE
Glow Stick Trail Marker
By Chris Swanson
When trailing a deer after the sun goes down, it’s often very difficult to keep up with a blood trail using only a flashlight or lantern.
I have found a simple kid’s product can make trail marking much easier after dark: Glow Sticks.
When you first find blood and it’s nearing dark, activate the Glow Stick, then carefully cut it ... READ MORE
Hunter’s Dry Mouth Tip
By Eric Ericson
Here’s a trick I’ve used for several years, whenever I go hunting, scouting or spend extended time in the outdoors. Because Native Americans used it for centuries before teaching it to settlers, you could say this tip is ancient.
Whenever the Indians went on lengthy hunting excursions or walked a long distance, they would place a small... READ MORE
Doe-in-rut Lures Year-round? You Bet!
By Mike Beal
Photo: Whether the leaves are green, turning colors, or there is snow on the ground, doe-in-rut (estrous) lures attract bucks year-round. I've been bowhunting deer for 30 years, and I’ve heard many hunters argue that using deer scents out of season, particularly when there’s no rut, is a waste of time. After several experiences I’... READ MORE