Tips & Tactics

Say Yes to a ‘Big No-No’

Say Yes to a ‘Big No-No’

By Gregory Taylor

Photo: Gregory Taylor has been an avid and successful bowhunter for more than 30 years. His tip is one of the more unusual tactics we’ve seen in recent memory. It might just be crazy enough to work! I’ve been an avid and successful bowhunter for more than 30 years. The tip I’d like to share with Buckmasters fans might seem a bit u... READ MORE

Reverse Trail Blazing II

Reverse Trail Blazing II

By Jon Harris and Tim H. Martin

My tip expounds on a stand location trick by Tim H. Martin on how to come and go like a ghost (see Reverse Trail Blazing I, below). For years, I’ve used a method similar to what Tim described, but I’ve added a twist. In reverse trail blazing, deer definitely use the easy-to-follow main trail and often, they make it all the way to the ba... READ MORE

Backcountry Fletching Fix

Backcountry Fletching Fix

By Jonathan Kane

Like many passionate bowhunters, I spend a great deal of time honing my shooting skills on the practice range. Typically, I don’t shoot at the same spot with multiple arrows. Stacking several often damages my fletching, especially with broadheads. Even when aiming at different places on the target, sometimes a stray arrow will clip a vane. Wh... READ MORE

Step Up to Your Climber

Step Up to Your Climber

By Tim H. Martin

Here's a dilemma most hunters have dealt with when setting up a climbing stand: You're scouting a new area and finally locate the right tree to give you the perfect vantage point. You can see, shoot and stay upwind, and the way the game trails intersect nearby, you just know this tree is The One to help you ambush a big buck. But there's just one ... READ MORE

Emergency Fire Starters

Emergency Fire Starters

By Tim H. Martin, Travis Wilson & Charles Ward

Lighter Knots (Pine Hearts)  – By Tim H. Martin Recently, I watched a reality TV show where a man and woman were attempting to survive 21 days in the wilds of south Alabama. The location was just a few miles from my old hunting lease. I was dumbfounded when the couple struggled to make fire with a steel and scraper-style fire starter. Fo... READ MORE

Hunting Skills Catch Spooky Fish

Hunting Skills Catch Spooky Fish

By Tim H. Martin

Photo: From an early age, Tim H. Martin was taught to think of fishing as a form of hunting. Scouting and stalking skills helped him ambush and land this hefty bucketmouth. It’s time to wet a line, and because so many Buckmasters fans love fishing, I thought I’d share a philosophy on angling you might not have considered. Angling i... READ MORE

Take a Nap; Kill a Turkey

Take a Nap; Kill a Turkey

By Steve Hickoff

Turkey seasons are in full swing this month in places like the Deep South and even Hawaii. Chances are you’ll encounter some henned-up birds in the process — ones that could care less about your calls. Despite your winter-weary enthusiasm now to hunt spring gobblers, it might be time to scale back a notch or two. Relax. Take a nap in th... READ MORE

Foil the Fawn Killers

Foil the Fawn Killers

By Mike Scott

Photo: Mike Scott tells of a trail camera capturing a coyote bringing 27 fawns into its den within a four-week period! The damage coyotes and bobcats inflict upon fawns and young deer is much higher than most hunters realize. For instance, in my hunting area coyotes kill 17 percent of newborn fawns within the first four weeks of life. Fast-forward ... READ MORE

Coming Home Alive

Coming Home Alive

By Rene Borne

Photo: A fist-sized survival item gives outdoorsmen a sense of comfort in the backcountry. Tip Editor Tim H. Martin knows all too well — shown here moments before getting slammed by an ice storm. Thirty years of elk hunting in the mountains of Western Washington have taught me an important lesson every hunter should practice: Be prepared... READ MORE

Aim Small, Miss Small

Aim Small, Miss Small

By Tim H. Martin

Photo: An aim small, miss small practice routine helped Tim H. Martin take seven African animals with seven arrows. When Buckmasters Executive Editor Ken Piper first started working with me many long years ago, we shot our bows nearly every afternoon on a little range outside the office. At first, we practiced with standard targets such as life-siz... READ MORE

Stopping the Gunsling Slide

Stopping the Gunsling Slide

By Mark Kay

One of my biggest pet peeves when I’m walking to and from my deer stand is constantly dealing with my rifle sliding off my shoulder. It seems like the gunsling slides down with every few steps I take, and I have to keep one hand on it most of the time. I’m sure you’ve had this happen, too, and you’ve probably done as I have ... READ MORE

Get a Grip on Tree Steps

Get a Grip on Tree Steps

By Mitch Wagnon

Have you ever slipped or come close to falling off a ladder rung or tree step? I have, and it's not a fun experience. Losing a foothold or handhold almost always happens in the dark, when we hunters do most of our climbing. Rain or even heavy dew can cause climbing steps to become super slick, but I’ve found a quick fix I’d like to... READ MORE

Love Those Rubber Gloves

Love Those Rubber Gloves

By Rob Fetterhoff Jr.

Photo: Rob Fetterhoff Jr. sends us a unique tip for using vinyl gloves. Here, the hunter poses with a pretty 8-pointer he took on the southern tier of the Empire State’s western side. Like many hunters, I use disposable gloves while field-dressing my deer. Obviously, gloves minimize the amount of blood on my hands and sleeves, but here’... READ MORE

When the Rut’s in a Rut

When the Rut’s in a Rut

By Chris Chastain, Buckmasters Cameraman

Photo: Buckmasters cameraman Chris Chastain (right) and Buckmasters Sweepstakes Winner John Nowak ambushed this gorgeous Alabama 10-pointer using a tactic Chris learned from Terry Rohm of Tink’s. Half the battle with taking a nice buck is simply knowing that it exists. The Buckmasters film crew has used trail cameras for many years — es... READ MORE

Woodburning Tool Fix-it Tip

Woodburning Tool Fix-it Tip

By Roger Hanneman

Photo: Buckmasters Life Member Roger Hanneman shares a fix-it tip he used to repair the broken foot on his decoy. The longtime hunter from Nebraska poses here with a nice buck he took with his bow. My tip is a little different than most Buckmasters Tips of the Week, but I think it will be very useful to hunters for a multitude of fix-it purposes. W... READ MORE

Wooden Ladder Love

Wooden Ladder Love

By John F. Bruce

My tip expounds on an earlier Tip of the Week about treestand care — specifically, what happens to wooden ladder stands after the tree grows and sways in wind and rain for a year. Between tree growth and weather, nails and screws holding together wooden ladder stands are especially susceptible to becoming loose or growing into the tree. Look ... READ MORE

Dropped Gear Retriever

Dropped Gear Retriever

By Phil Archdeacon

Photo: Phil Archdeacon — shown here with a great 10-pointer — sent us a very useful tip. The hunter from Rock Tavern, NY figured out a way to retrieve things he dropped from his treestand without having to climb down. Have you ever gotten settled into your treestand only to drop something important, then have to go through the hassle of... READ MORE

Trail Cam Antler Illusions

Trail Cam Antler Illusions

By D. Phillips

Photo: Learn factors that could cause you to misjudge antler size in trail cam photos. This side view is hiding beam length, several tines and antler width. Trail cameras have become the hunter’s No. 1 friend when it comes to planning an ambush for a trophy. If you depend on them as much as I do, there’s something you should be mindful ... READ MORE

Deer Don’t Wear Watches

Deer Don’t Wear Watches

By Ed Ciersezwski

Photo: When was the last time you saw a deer wearing a watch? It might take abandoning yours to start seeing deer again. After spending many years hunting white-tailed deer, I have come to the conclusion that if they don’t wear watches, why should I? Think about it; they don’t care if it’s breakfast, lunchtime or even time to go ... READ MORE

Soldier’s Tip for Hunters

Soldier’s Tip for Hunters

By Todd Davis

I learned a lot about how to stay quiet while I was in the Army. In the field, we constantly refined our equipment in ways that allowed us to move silently, without giving away our position to the enemy. Today's backpacks are usually covered with a number of buckles, straps, D-Rings and pulls. As you walk, all the added bells and whistles tend to j... READ MORE

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