By Christopher Anderson
How often has this happened to you?
You've just shot a deer with your bow and arrow, and in your excitement, you've climbed down from your treestand to start blood trailing before taking note of exactly where the animal stood.
When you reach the spot where you thought the deer was standing, you have great difficulty finding it.
You're off to a b... READ MORE
Four Tools for Escape
In the event of an accident, these products will help you escape from your car or truck as quickly as possible, even if it is submerged in a body of water:
ResQMe ($12.95) is a convenient keychain rescue tool that fits in the palm of your hand and can cut through seatbelts and break glass.
LifeHammer ($19.95) does the same but is larger (6.75 inc... READ MORE
DIY PVC Paper Tuners
By Jack Baker
A lot of us have access to large desktop calendars like the 17 X 22 versions used in many offices. I collect the old ones from our office to use for paper tuning my bow, and I’ve also found other uses for them as a hunter.
I always paper tune my bow to achieve the best possible arrow flight, which gives my arrows maximum penetration on deer... READ MORE
Not-So-Secret Weapon for GIANTS
By Jeremy Blalack & Tim H. Martin
Invest in trail cameras. The initial cost will be worth it, and besides, it’s fun! — Jeremy Blalack
Editor’s Note by Buckmasters Tip Editor Tim H. Martin
When I first read the tip sent in by Jeremy, I chuckled a little because it seemed so simplistic. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized his point is valid, and t... READ MORE
Blood-stopper for hunters
By Gary Zell
From getting careless with sharp broadheads, to field dressing deer, opening pocketknives, or straddling barbed-wire fences, there are about a million ways for hunters to cut themselves.
I bet only a small percentage of hunters carry first aid kits. Even if they do, sometimes the kits do not include something that will stop bleeding quickly.
Ther... 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
July: Time to Set Stands
By Bob Humphrey & Yamaha Outdoors
It’s July during some of the longest and hottest days of the year. Deer season, in most cases, is still months away. What better time to set your stands? It might sound a bit crazy, but right now is actually a great time to get some of your larger treestands in for the coming season.
First and most importantly, whatever distur... READ MORE
Extra Water Bottles
By Bob Buckalew
It might make my backpack weigh a little more, but I have always liked to carry extra bottles of water with me while hunting and scouting.
Of course, the main reason is to have something to drink and stay hydrated, but there are also other uses for the bottled water and empties.
After field dressing a deer, an extra bottle or two is handy for was... READ MORE
Rock Climber’s Tips for Hunters - Part II
By Tim H. Martin
Last week, I shared a tree-climbing tip I learned from my days of training as a rock climber. This tip dealt with the standard rock climber’s rule of always keeping handholds above your head at ALL times during a climb. It’s also one of the safest things deer hunters can do when climbing in and out of our treestands. Another valuable ti... READ MORE
Rock Climber’s Tips for Hunters - Part I
By Tim H. Martin
Back in my younger days, during the off-season from chasing whitetails, I spent some time scaling rock walls, mountain climbing and rappelling off mountainsides for fun. It was also a great way to stay in shape for all the tree climbing I'd be doing during deer season. In my training classes, I learned valuable rock climbing safety tips that I was ... READ MORE
Poor Man’s Rangefinder
By Shane Harper
As a father of four, finding time to hunt, let alone the money, can be quite difficult at times. Although the kids will eventually be old enough to stay at home on their own, the expense of hunting will never get easier. I don't let the cost of hunting discourage me from enjoying my passion for bowhunting. Still, it's hard not to be envious o... READ MORE
Zipper Fixer Upper
By Dr. Michael Fluitt
Have you ever had a cold weather jumpsuit, an article of hunting clothing or a piece of equipment that had to be thrown out because of the poor quality of the zipper?
These days many of the zippers imported from China and won't last long. Even a tumble or two in the washer and dryer can damage them and they won't zip properly.
Recently, the zippe... 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
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!
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
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
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!
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
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
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