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
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
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
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
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
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.
5 gallon bucket with handle
Jon Boat seat Swivel base (the square kind that will fit flat against bucket)
Pencil or marker Drill and drill bit (likely 1/4")
Bolts, washers... READ MORE
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
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
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!
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
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