Tips & Tactics

Creating Man-made Game Trails

Creating Man-made Game Trails

By Allen Pete

Bucks tend to be very cautious on the property where I hunt. This is because the surrounding areas receive a lot of hunting pressure. Older, wiser bucks know to travel in the thick stuff and won’t put themselves at risk by stepping out into the open. My stands are located near openings large enough to get a clear shot. These are situated wher... READ MORE

Loading Heavy Animals Alone

Loading Heavy Animals Alone

By Hilario Pena

Photo: No, it’s not a world record whitetail doe; it’s a female nilgai antelope from South Texas. A hunter on a neighboring property wounded it, so Hilario Pena had to finish it off when it hobbled onto his ranch. Hilario uses a two-rope trick to load heavy creatures like this by himself. My tip is an easy two-rope method of loading hea... READ MORE

Uses for Old Hunting Socks

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)

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

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!

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!

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

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

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

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!

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!

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

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

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

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

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