Tips & Tactics

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

Go With Your Gut!

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

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!

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?

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

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?

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

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

Take Great Field Photos: Part One

Take Great Field Photos: Part One

By Tim H. Martin and Mike Handley

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. As Art Director of Rack Magazine, each year, I receive hundreds of field photos. Sadly and all-too-often, the images are unusable, even of world-class bucks. You’d be shocked how many... READ MORE

Avoid Cold Day Bowhunter’s Surprise

Avoid Cold Day Bowhunter’s Surprise

By Jack U. Baker Jr.

Bow season starts as early as August in some states, so it’s usually warm when we are practicing. Since it’s easy to draw a bow in warm weather while wearing a T-shirt, we often crank up our compound bows to maximum poundage and get used to practicing this way. Our big mistake is leaving the draw weight heavy as cold weather arrives. W... READ MORE

The ‘Belly Up’ Kit

The ‘Belly Up’ Kit

By Dave Zilai

Photo: Buckmasters Life Member Dave Zilai invented a simple kit that makes it easier to field dress deer alone. His buddy, who lost the use of an arm due to polio, inspired Dave’s device. — Editor’s Note by Tim H. Martin This tip is actually an invention. Buckmasters Life Member Dave Zilai of Lowell, Indiana sent it to us, along w... READ MORE

Venison Scrap Dog Treats

Venison Scrap Dog Treats

By Bob Takeo

Photo: Bob Takeo shares a fantastic idea for utilizing every scrap of your deer, even the silver muscle-lining tissue. Last season, I was home when my son returned from a successful deer hunting trip. My family processes our own venison, so I decided to stick around to help out. As we were taking care of the meat, I was about to toss a fistful of s... READ MORE

Dark Woods Dilemma?

Dark Woods Dilemma?

By Cyndie Fox

Photo: Alaskans like Cyndie Fox are prepared for short days and handling situations in the dark. Shown here with a black-tailed buck and gorgeous Arctic fox, Cyndie shares a great tip with whitetail hunters. Buckmasters fans, hello from Anchorage, Alaska! Although we don’t have whitetails like you in the lower 48, we do have black-tailed deer... READ MORE

‘Move like snails, see less tails!’

‘Move like snails, see less tails!’

By Anonymous in a Treestand and Tim H. Martin

As most experienced hunters probably know, hunting from a treestand is a great way to see farther into the woods and keep our scent above deer, which is a huge advantage. My tip: Don’t get complacent while climbing and sitting, and don’t make a lot of unnecessary movement even though you are above a deer’s line of sight. Deer can ... READ MORE

Homemade Scent Granules

Homemade Scent Granules

By Jimmy Bennett

My tip is a way for fellow hunters to create their own scent granules from liquid lures. This simple method transforms liquid deer lures into a powdery solid state, which is easier to handle, spreads well and lasts longer than just dumping it onto the ground. And, the odors remain just as strong. I find my homemade scent granules work particularly ... READ MORE

Pausing Hand Warmers

Pausing Hand Warmers

By Kevin Sundholm

Photo: Michigan deer hunter and tip contributor Kevin Sundholm shares his trick for getting more life out of hand warmers. Most hunters have used hand warmers at one time or another. I’m talking about the air-activated type in a little bag, not the metal kind that requires the burning of fuel. The typical scenario goes something like this: T... READ MORE

Hands Off the Trail

Hands Off the Trail

By Mathew Jaycox

Photo: Tip contributor Mathew Jaycox poses with a nice 10-pointer taken near his home in Alberta, Canada. My hunting grounds are the eastern slopes of the Rockies near my home in Alberta, Canada. It gets really cold here so, obviously, gloves are important. Other than for warmth, gloves serve other purposes you might not have considered. On televis... READ MORE

Solving Mysteries of Shot Placement

Solving Mysteries of Shot Placement

By Joshua Clifton

I was reintroduced to archery about five years ago, and since then I’ve learned a lot about the sport, but not without some difficulties with proper shot placement. Early on, I had several opportunities to harvest a deer; however, the anatomy of a white-tailed deer was a mystery. If I aimed behind the shoulder, as is standard, sometimes the ... READ MORE

Keys to Pre-season Trail Cam Recon

Keys to Pre-season Trail Cam Recon

By Jack Baker

God created a variety of food sources that sustain wildlife throughout the year. To take advantage and intercept deer with your trail cameras, you’ll need to figure out the growing schedule in your area. Here in Georgia, I begin setting out my trail cams the last week of June. This is because wild cherries are starting to drop. Bucks LOVE wil... READ MORE

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