Reverse Trail Blazing
By Tim H. Martin
Here's the way to come and go like a ghost.
I like to hunt in the hard-to-get-to places. This often means finding a stand site where most hunters won't go, simply because it's too hard to get to quietly. These are the places where the big bucks are!
Here in Alabama, some of the places I like to hunt are thorny, surrounded by deadfall and downrigh... READ MORE
It’s in the Bag
By Joe Palermo
Several years ago, I started carrying an ordinary household item that has proved itself valuable for a variety of hunting purposes: heavy-duty plastic garbage or leaf bags.
Initially, I used the bags to tote meat out of the woods. I’d quarter my deer and place the venison in them to keep dirt and leaves off the meat. This also kept blood off... READ MORE
Old-timer’s Scent Mask
By Thomas Bradford
For hunters who need a scent mask in a pinch, or those who can't afford to buy scent killer sprays, there’s a simple solution I've used all my life: cedar trees.
In the Tennessee foothills where I'm from, cedar trees are abundant. When I head out hunting, I always cut a little limb off and roll it in my hands, then rub it all over my clothin... READ MORE
Nature’s Alert Systems
By Matthew Weiser and Tim H. Martin
Part I: Pay Attention to Blue Jays: When hunting, if you hear blue jays making a ruckus, there might be some deer coming your way. So, pay attention to the direction of their noises. — By Matthew Weiser Part II: More on Nature’s Alarms: Experienced hunters pay attention to local animal behavior to predict the approach of whitetails as w... READ MORE
Don’t Overlook the Hook!
By Vail Case
One simple and fairly inexpensive item has proven itself to be very useful in my hunting camp: a metal construction or towing hook.
You might have never considered a construction hook to be a hunting tool, but I’ve found the number of uses it has in the field to be surprising.
My buddies and I have used my hook numerous occasions to hoist g... READ MORE
Battery Tips for Hunters
By Vernon Gillespie
Hunting requires a lot of batteries when you consider all the battery-dependent gear we use today, such as flashlights, GPS devices, headlamps, trail cameras, heated insoles and more.
With all this equipment, it’s smart to have a variety of spare batteries on hand should the need arise.
I like to keep an assortment in my backpack, storing t... READ MORE
Itching to Scout?
By Tim H. Martin
If you’re like me, you’ve been missing the deer woods for several months and you’re itching to do some pre-season scouting.
This time of year, that itch might turn into another kind of itch if you don’t take a few precautions.
Venturing into the field during the heat of summer means bringing unwanted visitors home: chigger... READ MORE
By Tim Knight
While growing up in southeastern Ohio, my father taught me many tricks for still-hunting (stalking) white-tailed deer. Since it’s quite hilly here, he showed me an effective method for assaulting the hills, using a deer’s curiosity against them. This tactic works best when deer are in their beds. To begin, he instructed me to stalk just... READ MORE
Itching for a New Hunting Vehicle?
If you are in the market for a new hunting vehicle this summer, here are eight tips that will help when it comes to dealing with salespeople. We’ve all heard about car dealer sales tactics, but once you’re at the dealership, your excitement can get the best of you. According to Forbes and Publiccounsel.org, these are some of the most c... READ MORE
Super Shooting Lanes
By Kenneth Pate
If you plant corn in your plots to hunt over, you know how difficult it can be to get a clear shot as whitetails pass through the thick stuff.
I have a solution that will not only give you a nice shooting lane, but will attract deer to your plot, as well.
On my land in South Carolina, I plant a row of corn, then a row of Austrian winter peas, alt... READ MORE
Milk Jug Range Markers
By Mel Smith
As a bowhunter who likes to hunt from permanent treestands, I have found an inexpensive way to clearly mark my ranges.
It's easy; I save plastic milk jugs and use scissors to cut out numbers and staple them to trees around my stands.
For instance, I have a stand positioned near a place where three trails intersect. I picked out about 30 trees ran... READ MORE
Off Season Estrus Lures
By Mike Beal
I've been bowhunting deer for 30 years, and I’ve heard many hunters argue that using deer scents out of season, particularly when there’s no rut, is a waste of time.
After several experiences I’ve had, I don’t believe this. In fact, I now believe it helps to apply lures like Tink’s 69 to my hunting area and myself whe... READ MORE
Military-style Planning for Hunters
By U.S. Army Maj. (Ret.) Ryan Choate
Critical to any military operation is Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB).
I've found the military decision-making process (MDMP) is not unlike the preseason planning process a deer hunter must go through.
In the military, we want to know how, when, where and with what the enemy will attack. We gather this information through variou... READ MORE
Set Up Ladder Stands Alone
By Anonymous Tip Submission
Setting up ladder stands by yourself can be a chore, especially if the stand is more than 15 feet tall. The bottom nearly always slides as you attempt to walk the top-heavy ladder up the tree.
The trick is to stake down the bottom rung of the ladder so it won’t slide. I am 71 years old, and have safely used the following method for years.
H... READ MORE
Poor Man’s Arrow Finder?
By Tony Keiffer
This tip seems so obvious I can’t believe I haven’t thought of it before. I wish someone would have told me about it years ago.
Most arrows now have fluorescent nocks and fletching. A simple black light flashlight illuminates these parts of the arrow, even if only a small amount is exposed in the leaves, grass or dirt.
Of course, it h... READ MORE
Perfect Shot or Pass?
By Michael O’Brien
Have you ever panicked when a deer showed up and fired a shot before a good shot was offered? If you are an experienced hunter, this has probably happened to you, and you know what happens next.
Most misses and deer recovery problems are caused by hunters not waiting for the correct moment to shoot. Many of these troubles could be eliminated if hu... READ MORE
Homemade Fan Mount
By Bob Humphrey & Yamaha Outdoors
One of the more popular ways to preserve a memorable turkey hunt is with the fan and beard mounted on a plaque. You can take it to a taxidermist, but if you want to save some money, doing it yourself is a fairly simple process. First, remove the beard by cutting it away from the breast. Be sure to leave just enough flesh at the base to keep th... READ MORE
Cheap Cleanup Tips
By Justin Miller
Deer hunters often need water for cleanup after field dressing a deer, but have to figure out what to do if there isn’t a convenient water source nearby.
Like most hunters, I carry a little drinking water, but nothing more since all my gear and gadgets take up precious backpack space.
I’ve found a great free item to keep in my pack a... READ MORE
Your Built-in Sandbag
By Tim H. Martin
In an earlier Buckmasters Tip of the Week, we discussed how using sandbags on shooting rails helps increase accuracy and steadies your firearm at the moment of truth.
Another tip discussed using an old sock filled with dirt as a makeshift sandbag to hang on shooting rails.
There are times when you won’t have access to sandbags or socks, but... READ MORE
Kitchen Gadget Arrow Puller
By Jim Kotsones
Have you ever had trouble pulling wet arrows from targets, or buried your arrows so deeply into a new target that you struggled to remove them with bare fingers? I certainly have.
Slick aluminum or graphite arrows with small-diameter shafts can also be incredibly hard to pull from targets. You can actually develop shoulder and elbow injuries if yo... READ MORE