Tips & Tactics

Better Bands for Hunters

Better Bands for Hunters

By David L. Pittman

If you are like me, you’ve found that rubber bands come in handy for hunters. I use them all the time — or should I say, I USED to. The applications were too numerous to name, like duct tape, only less sticky. Rubber bands were great for bundling rope, keeping hunting clothes rolled up, cinching sleeves that might get slapped by a bow ... READ MORE

The Apex Predator = You

The Apex Predator = You

By Jeffrey Steigelmann

Have you ever been scouting in a large area that holds lots of deer sign and come across a tree that just felt right? You might have found this place among a confusing maze of crisscrossing game trails, giving you multiple choices for seemingly good places to locate your treestand. Still, there was just something about that one place you sensed abo... READ MORE

Curiosity Kills the Bucks

Curiosity Kills the Bucks

By Mark Oliver, Buckmasters TV Staff

Photo: Mark Oliver had traveled to every imaginable white-tailed deer paradise. It was only after he got tired of watching distant bucks that he learned the effectiveness of deer calls. I think a lot of new hunters are intimidated by the use of deer calls. Seems we get bombarded with advice from hunting shows and magazine articles to the point that... READ MORE

Sheep Man’s Tip for Deer Hunters

Sheep Man’s Tip for Deer Hunters

By Tim H. Martin

Photo: An old sheep hunter’s tip helps deer hunters beat fatigue and shoo snakes while scouting and hunting. Years ago, an avid sheep hunter gave me a tip that has proven extremely valuable in the deer woods, especially now that I’m getting gray-headed. While in my 30s, I made a trip to Alaska, which required hiking in mountainous areas... READ MORE

Bowhunter’s Arm Fatigue

Bowhunter’s Arm Fatigue

By Tim Bregenzer

Photo: Buckmasters fan Tim Bregenzer shares his tip for reducing archer’s arm fatigue. A simple accessory helps him make better shots on bucks like this tall-tined Illinois 10-pointer. Many years ago, I started wearing an accessory belt over the outside layer of my hunting clothes. On this belt, I added a piece of gear I hope Buckmasters fans... READ MORE

Yoga Mats — for Deer Hunters?

Yoga Mats — for Deer Hunters?

By Phillip Larsen

Photo: Phillip Larsen shares useful tips on hunters using yoga mats. Here, Phillip poses with a dandy 11-pointer he arrowed in western Maryland last season. One very common and inexpensive item that has several uses for deer hunters is a yoga mat. If you don’t have an old one lying around the garage, you can find yoga mats at most any retail ... READ MORE

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

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

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