Target Warmth Better
By Krissy Jean Zimmer
Photo: Krissy Jean Zimmer discovered a way to stay in the stand longer by using a product not meant for hunters. Here she poses with a 202-pound 8-pointer she shot on a cold Georgia day. After reading a Tip of the Week written by William Sharp about using Kinesio Tex or KT Tape to attach hand warmers over your kidneys to stay warmer, I decided to s... READ MORE
Rimfire Roundup Remedy
By Bruce King
With squirrel season upon us, and since many Buckmasters fans also hunt small game, here is a simple tip for those of us who hunt with .22s and rimfire rifles.
Trying to reload on the run and scrambling to find more ammo in your pockets is difficult, especially when you’re trying to keep one eye on a limb-hopping bushytail.
It’s also ... READ MORE
Muddy Boots No More
By Tom Wertman
To get to my favorite stands, I often tread across muddy fields and my boots end up covered in muck. Not only is it dangerous to climb treestands wearing mud-caked boots, but when it dries, chunks can tumble to the ground at the most inopportune moment. Too many times I’ve rotated to take a perfect shot and a falling piece of mud alerts the d... READ MORE
Winter Preparedness for Hunters
Here are some tips for helping outdoorsmen and women stay safe during a nasty stretch of winter weather: Avoid overexertion when dragging out a deer or shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack — a major cause of death in the winter. Stretch well before attempting strenuous activities or climbing treestands. Do not attempt to c... READ MORE
Warmers in Extreme Cold
By William Sharp
My tip is a follow up to a 2013 Buckmasters Tip of the Week submitted by bowhunter Stacy Vaccaro.
Stacy explained how she uses disposable hand and toe warmers on her arms and shoulders to keep her muscles loose enough to draw her bow in the extreme cold of Wisconsin.
Buckmasters Tip Editor Tim H. Martin added how he learned to put hand and toe wa... READ MORE
Hunter’s Dry Mouth Tip
By Eric Ericson
Here’s a trick I’ve used for several years, whenever I go hunting, scouting or spend extended time in the outdoors. Because Native Americans used it for centuries before teaching it to settlers, you could say this tip is ancient.
Whenever the Indians went on lengthy hunting excursions or walked a long distance, they would place a small... READ MORE
Turkey Calling — for Deer?
By Matt Maurice
Do you hunt in areas where deer get a lot of pressure from hunters? If so, I have a tip for you that’s pure poison on spooky deer.
You might think my tip is crazy, so first I’ll let you know I’m a veteran hunter with more than 35 years experience and more than 42 bucks to date — triple that number for does.
Years ago, as I... READ MORE
Double Up On SCENTLOK
By Wes Fox
You can say what you want to say about scent-elimination clothing, but I honestly believe if used correctly, these products can really help hunters fool a deer's nose. For some time now, I've been doubling up on my SCENTLOK clothing. I like to do this especially when bowhunting for whitetails, and I have noticed I've been able to see more deer at c... READ MORE
No Sweat? No Sweat!
By Ron Miller
Photo: Ron Miller poses with a nice 10-pointer he took on top of a hard-to-get-to hill in Montana. The tip he shares about reducing sweat will help hunters keep dryer, warmer and sit still longer.
Here in Montana, getting to my hunting area usually involves hiking steep hills in frigid conditions.
One of my favorite spots is on top of a small mou... READ MORE
Unwanted Scent Trail Visitors
By Christine Miller
Photo: Montana’s Christine Miller took this fine 8-pointer at her favorite spot. She shares her story about being followed from that stand by an unknown creature, along with advice on when not to leave a scent trail with buck lure.
I'm a female hunter from Montana who doesn’t mind the strong smell of buck-in-rut lures. They are highly ... READ MORE
Dealing with Anti-Hunters
By Steve Hickoff and Yamaha Outdoors
Photo: The restoration of the wild turkey due to sound management practices is a wildlife success story. Let anti-hunters know about this, and other positives about our lifestyle.
I handed her my long black gun case. She put it behind her driver’s seat, saying, “Sure hope that thing doesn’t fall on me! What’s in it?”
... READ MORE
Uncle Gary’s Wisdom
By Mark Kay
Photo: Some hunters consistently bring home more venison than others. Seek out these people, pay close attention to what they do and learn from their wisdom — this week’s tip included!
My Uncle Gary was the best hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman I’ve ever known.
When I was a youngster, I noticed he was highly successful and rout... READ MORE
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