Uses for Old Hunting Socks
By John Cuzzort
Here are a few ideas for turning your old hunting socks into something useful. You'll want to save them for a multitude of purposes you can use in the field — even that ratty pair with holes in the toes. One of the best uses of an old sock is as a padded arm guard for bowhunting. First, cut the sock in half at about the bend of the ankle. The... READ MORE
Push Gutting Rabbits (Knifeless Field Dressing)
By Ray Blaker
Now that deer season has ended and we (hopefully) have freezers full of venison, hunters in many areas turn their attention to small game. Rabbit season is going full bore in several states, so here’s an amazing tip on how to gut and skin a cottontail without using a knife. This innards-removal process only takes about 10 seconds, and with a... READ MORE
Why Bowhunters Miss
By Bob Humphrey and Yamaha Outdoors
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, estimate the range, then check yourself with the rangefinder. The more you pra... READ MORE
Be Still, My Beating Heart!
By Mike Bolinder
I can’t speak for other bowhunters, but after sitting stone still in a treestand for several hours and a shooter buck comes walking in, my heartbeat goes from zero to 100 in about three seconds flat! There’s nothing wrong with that reaction because it means you are excited and having fun, however, an accelerated heart rate can mean big ... READ MORE
Deer Calls: Go All Out!
By Donnie Carroll
I’d like to share something with Buckmasters fans that I learned as a young hunter. When I was a kid, my dad wasn’t always as open to trying out new tactics as I was. We didn’t do a lot of exploring when we hunted together. When I finally reached the age when I could hunt all by myself, I found myself testing out things I’d... READ MORE
Through a Child’s Eyes
By Tristen Truman
Photo: Tristen Truman (left) is a young man whose passion for hunting came from his father. Now, he is passing it down to his grandparents’ adopted son, Michael. This is their special buck from West Virginia’s 2016 season. My tips are in reference to hunting with kids, which isn’t always easy. But it can still be fun. This is a to... READ MORE
Hang Your Ladder Stands Safely
By Hunter Safety System
Hanging treestands is one of the more difficult and dangerous tasks hunters face — even ladder stands. Our friends at Hunter Safety System created a short video entitled "How to Hang a Ladder Stand Safely" that will help put your mind at ease and make the job easier. It features tips for installing what we at Buckmasters consider to be the mo... READ MORE
Dragging Shouldn’t be a Drag
By Justin DePree and Tim H. Martin
Photo: Justin DuPree shares an observation about dragging deer — especially does — often overlooked by hunters. This might seem like simple common sense for most woodsmen, but over the years I’ve personally encountered several hunters who make a fundamental deer-dragging mistake. Without access to an ATV or game car... READ MORE
Tarsals! Tarsals! Tarsals!
By Jackie Bushman (as told to Tim H. Martin)
Photo: Jackie Bushman has tagged countless bucks using a combination of modern hunting gear and a tactic he’s used since childhood. This beautiful Alabama 9-pointer fell for the trick. Oldest trick in Jackie’s book still works. We can thank the good folks at ScentLok and Tink’s for developing scent-free clothing, scents and odor-e... READ MORE
That’s a Wrap!
By Richard Mowry
Photo: Why didn’t we think of this before? Richard Mowry of Monroe, Connecticut sends us his simple tip for rainy days. Here, the hunter poses with his nice archery-taken 8-pointer. When hunting on public land and on private land in some states, it’s necessary to carry my wallet with hunting license, tags, written permission and other p... READ MORE
Cool Hunting Product Alert: OMEALS
By Tim H. Martin
I’m always on the lookout for cool new products for Buckmasters fans. When I received an email from an agency promoting a ‘self-heating home style meal requiring no stove or flame,’ I was intrigued. The email explained all you need is 3 to 5 ounces of liquid to activate the heating pack — even old coffee or creek water! I h... READ MORE
Don’t Split that Neck! Use the Y Cut
By Dave Graber
Photo: Dave Graber says there’s no need to split the entire neck of your buck when removing the cape. A small Y cut is MUCH better. Next time you shoot a buck you’d like to mount, but plan to cape (remove the skin from the skull) and freeze for later, do your taxidermist a favor. Don’t split the skin all the way up the back of the... READ MORE
No-brainer Yardage Marking
By Kim Wages
Photo: Buckmasters member Kim Wages shares his tip for bowhunters who want to make remembering yardages a no-brainer. Here, Kim poses with one of his many trophies, a beautiful Georgia 10-pointer. One of the hardest things for a bowhunter to do is range a deer at the moment of truth. With a bow in one hand and a release in the other, it’s dif... READ MORE
Go With Your Gut!
By Mike Handley
Photo: The night before he arrowed this Nebraska brute, Rack magazine editor Mike Handley bought The Can on a whim. Going with his gut has worked well for Mike during his long and successful hunting career. Going with your instincts is an important element of deer hunting. Sure, experimenting in the field will sometimes result in flubs, but experim... READ MORE
Rolling Along the Blood Trail
By Don Coffman
Photo: Finding and staying on a blood trail is difficult enough in the daylight, but after dark it can be nearly impossible. This tip will help you keep rolling along. One thing I always carry with me on hunting trips is unscented toilet paper. But it might not be for the purpose you are thinking. Bright white toilet paper is perfect for tearing of... READ MORE
Stop That Deer!
By Tim H. Martin
Avoid a common bowhunter’s mistake. How many times have you watched a hunting show and seen this scenario? A deer approaches a hunter, usually a bowhunter, and the shot is made as soon as the deer is in range, yet it’s still walking. Nearly always, the hit will barely clip the back edge of the vital area or result in a gut shot. Invaria... READ MORE
Gun Slings: To Remove or Not to Remove?
By Joe Palermo
Photo: Joe Palermo took this gorgeous Kentucky buck in November of 2015. Joe has contributed numerous tips to Buckmasters Tip of the Week, including this week’s thoughts on detaching gun slings. Gun slings are one of the handiest things most hunters use, yet we rarely give them much thought. You don’t always need to have a sling, but tr... READ MORE
Natural Boot Deodorizers
By Bernie Moss
Photo: Bernie Moss sent us a unique tip for deodorizing boots he learned from his uncle. Here, Bernie poses with a nice Ohio 8-pointer he took on his birthday. You know how new boots have a strong odor that’s difficult to get rid of? My uncle taught me his trick for deodorizing new boots, as well as his old, well-worn boots. I grew up on a fa... READ MORE
Hunting’s SECOND Handiest Item?
By David Johnson and Tim H. Martin
Don’t Trim It — Zip It! — Tip Submission by David Johnson I’m one of those hunters who believe the less brush cutting and trimming you do, the less likely Ol’ Big Boy is going to notice your intrusion into his world. Instead of hacking tree branches, I use zip ties to pull back and secure obstructing foliage from of my... READ MORE
Take Great Field Photos: Part Two
By Tim H. Martin
Last week we shared tips for taking magazine quality field photos, techniques used by hunting industry professionals, and the frustrations of magazine editors over bad field photos. Field photos, also known as grip-and-grins, are photos of hunters posing with their freshly killed animals, usually taken by a friend or relative of the hunter. This we... READ MORE