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Be a Doe Master
I heard them before I saw them — hasty footsteps rattling on the dry leaves like hail stones pinging off a tin roof. Three deer broke cover at 250 yards and raced across the open bog. A quick check through the binoculars showed none sported antlers. It didn’t matter, though. This was the second-to-last day of a month-long season, and I was looking for any deer — almost any deer. I quickly sized the trio up and focused on the largest one, following her progress through the tall marsh grass and standing dead timber. I’d already decided against a running shot, and a twinge of panic set in as she approached the near side. Then, just before entering the woods, she stopped. The gun went off; and three bounds later, she folded. Thanksgiving had arrived, albeit a day late. A lot of you are probably thinking, “So what? It’s just a doe.” Admittedly, it wasn’t quite as thrilling as shooting a big buck; but it wasn’t that far off, either. That doe came as a result of the same hard work and time spent afield. And it wasn’t a simple reaction. Taking that particular doe was a conscious decision based on considerable thought and a sense of obligation to the resource. Nowadays it ...

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No Brakes
Nov. 7, 2006, was my first day back East after a successful 10-day BLM land elk hunt in Idaho. It was also the first of a 15-day on-call work block. The good thing about being on call is that I can hunt when I want, as long as I’m ready to head to work with...

Three Deep Breaths
My husband, Harold (Bodean) Johnson, had a story in the Sept. 2006 issue of Buckmasters Whitetail Magazine called, “Daniel Boone Buck.” It’s been pretty hard living with him since then. In July 2006, we traveled 7 hours from Burnside, Ky., to Greensboro, N...

All the time and effort spent with the landowner has paid off. At last you’ve gained permission to bowhunt his property. The only problem is that the hunting season starts in two weeks. Because of our choice of a short-range weapon, we bowhunters must scou...

Proactive Tactics
The bruiser buck started to side-hill toward my stand. As I reached for my bow, flashbacks of past encounters started to run through my mind. I had seen this buck several times, and each time he detoured far enough to stay out of bow range. I had contempla...

Backtrack a Buck
Old Man Winter was conspiring with Mother Nature to ruin my day. It had been snowing sideways for several hours. Worse yet, it was so cold my eyelids were beginning to freeze shut. I mean, I had to bite off my mitt and literally pry my eyes open to see. Sur...
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Ken Piper / Buckmasters Editor

Ken Piper

Buckmasters editor Ken Piper grew up hunting whitetails with his father, uncles and cousins on public land in Blair County, Pennsylvania. He earned a journalism degree from Penn State in 1987 and joined the Buckmasters team in 2000. "Thanks to Buckmasters, I’ve hunted some of the best places in the country, but I’ll never forget that public-land, blue-collar hunters are the heart of our sport," he says. "Hopefully we can all remember the simple joy of taking any deer and spending time with friends and family. That’s what I strive for in the pages of Buckmasters."

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