Tips & Tactics

Sometimes it's the bow.

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

Cheap Camo Face Paint

Cheap Camo Face Paint

By Jason Lamark

I'm a frugal guy and will find ways to cut corners any way I can when it comes to hunting supplies. One great tip I'd like to share is that makeup is makeup, whether it's marketed as camouflage face paint for hunters or as standard women's facial makeup. If your wife, girlfriend or sister buys as much new makeup as my wife, it's frustrating to se... READ MORE

Choose Kids' Mentors Wisely!

Choose Kids' Mentors Wisely!

By Brian Hicks

My tip is for hunters to surround themselves with good people. Choose friends who challenge you to be an ethical hunter, a better sportsman, as well as people who give back to hunting so our great sport will be there for future generations. Editor’s Note: Brian’s tip might seem a bit simplistic, but there’s more to his notion I&rs... READ MORE

Rake Away the Crunchables

Rake Away the Crunchables

By Danny Rasnake

One of the most important aspects of deer hunting is getting to and from our treestands quietly. Without silent entries and exits, deer are alerted to our presence which decreases our odds of success. Once leaves start to fall, it can be virtually impossible to approach your treestand quietly because of leaves, sticks and other crunchables. My ti... READ MORE

Top Secret Public Land Tip

Top Secret Public Land Tip

By Buckmasters Life Member Kyle Albrecht

I like to bowhunt Missouri’s public hunting grounds from mid-September thru mid-January, which is a long season. This is permissible in Missouri because a compound bow is considered a legal weapon during all the deer seasons as long as you have the appropriate tag. I’ve kept my key to public land success a secret for some time now, bu... READ MORE

Keep a Success Kit!

Keep a Success Kit!

By Leslie Proctor

Hunters spend countless hours, thousands of dollars and endless effort packing gear for scouting, climbing, shooting and hunting. We also work hard to pack proper clothing, cameras, optics, archery, firearm equipment, climbing gear, calls and more hunting gadgets than we can name. One thing we often overlook is packing things we need when we are ac... READ MORE

Off Season Hunting Tips

Off Season Hunting Tips

By Russ Whalen

Just because the season ends doesn’t mean you have to give up hunting. Well, with a weapon anyway. For many reasons, I like to try to spend as much time as possible in my hunting stand during the off season. There is less hunting pressure then, so deer will be less skittish, and you can observe them acting more like themselves when the guns... READ MORE

When Hunters Share Land

When Hunters Share Land

By Maureen Janson

When hunters share a piece of property, I've found one of the main conflicts to be messing up each other's hunts when going to and from their stands. If you are a landowner and allow more than one hunter or hunting parties to hunt your place, here are a few ground rules I've come up with that hunters must abide by in order to keep everyone safe, a... READ MORE

Easy Casings Cleanup

Easy Casings Cleanup

By Grayson Albers

I much prefer target practice on a friend’s property rather than paying to use a private range or waiting my turn at a public range. My friends are kind enough to allow me to practice on their place, and appreciate me not leaving garbage or brass behind. Cleanup is easy enough to do with trash, but it’s often difficult to find all the ... READ MORE

Glow Stick Trail Marker

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

Body Language Tells Tales

Body Language Tells Tales

By Tim H. Martin

When a deer approaches a treestand or steps onto a food plot, the inexperienced hunter's instinct is to shoot it before it gets away, even if it's not a trophy buck. There's nothing wrong with that if the only goal is to fill a tag and head to the processor, but it robs beginners of an important learning experience that will serve them well later ... READ MORE

Do-It-Yourself Swivel Stool

Do-It-Yourself Swivel Stool

By V. Crews

Here’s an easy-to-make and very comfortable hunting seat. It’s lightweight, portable, swivels and is a good height for just about anyone. Seat Items: 5 gallon bucket with handle Jon Boat seat Swivel base (the square kind that will fit flat against bucket) Tools: Pencil or marker Drill and drill bit (likely 1/4") Bolts, washers... READ MORE

Buck Fever Buster

Buck Fever Buster

By Billy Pryor

Whenever a hunter first sees a deer, whether it's a 200-inch buck or a doe, the body's natural reaction is for adrenaline to kick in. The heart begins to pound and buck fever begins its assault on our nerves. If you are an experienced hunter, you know exactly what I'm talking about. As a longtime bowhunter, I have a surefire method of training tha... READ MORE

Salvaging Torn Gear

Salvaging Torn Gear

By David Cowart

Over the years, I have thrown away countless backpacks, pants, shirts, bibs and other gear when they got a rip or tear because they would only stay fixed a short time. Trying to mend them seems to be a big waste time. All the strain and abuse my hunting clothing, gear and accessories go through is just too much for ordinary thread, so I decided to... READ MORE

Push into Public Land

Push into Public Land

By William Pulsifer

Like many hunters who don’t have access to private lands or who don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to lease property, I like to hunt on public land. But, not surprisingly, so do a lot of other hunters. I’ve discovered to be successful on public land, I have to work a little harder than the private land guys. Don’t be afrai... READ MORE

No Knife Sharpener, No Problem!

No Knife Sharpener, No Problem!

By Karl Bechtel

Whether you are filleting fish or field dressing a deer, there are times you need to touch up the edge of a knife in the field but there simply isn't a sharpener on hand. I've found a great way to touch up the edge of a knife in almost any situation. Next time you realize you have a dull edge and your sharpener is at home, roll down your truck or... READ MORE

Never Assume!

Never Assume!

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

Compass Usage for Treestand Setups

Compass Usage for Treestand Setups

By Larry Brown

Experienced hunters use a compass for more than just map reading. To make my treestands most effective during hunting season, I always carry a compass. I use it when picking out a tree and deciding which direction to face my stand. Here's why: Knowing your bearings is essential for the initial stand set up. If you guess and get it wrong, you'll l... READ MORE

Linger for the Lens!

Linger for the Lens!

By Gail McKee

For those of you who use trail cameras like I do, I think you'll find this tip very useful! I've noticed deer will stay longer in front of my camera if I take a moment to broadcast the corn and other attractants instead of just dumping it in a big pile like many hunters do. I've found a 10-foot by 20-foot area of distribution to be the best for p... READ MORE

Treestand Treats!

Treestand Treats!

By Wayne Brittain

Years ago while hunting in Mexico, I picked up one of the simplest, most useful hunting tips I've ever received. Take a handful of hard candy with you before heading to your stand, and keep it in your pocket within easy reach. After an hour or two in the stand, just when you start to get tired or bored, take out a piece and slowly eat the candy. ... READ MORE

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