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
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
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
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
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
In 2016, Remember to Remember
By Tim H. Martin
Photo: In June of 1997, Tim H. Martin made a resolution to take his first buck with a bow. He succeeded that October with this little twisty-racked 3-pointer — a true trophy at the time. Nearly 20 years later, Tim realizes the memories and photos of his career have been as much fun as the hunts themselves. My favorite author once wrote &ldquo... READ MORE
No Gutting Necessary
By Dave Graber
Photo: Quartering a deer properly, knowing to leave the hide on and knowing how to remove the loins without gutting are skills all deer hunters should know. In this age of ATVs, UTVs and 4-wheel drive vehicles that help us transport game to the processor quickly, we don’t always need to quarter up our animals like we used to. Still, the need ... READ MORE
The Noisy Squirrel Trick
By Jack Baker
Photo: Jack Baker of Grovetown, Georgia has learned to stop and calm deer, like this dandy 10-pointer, by imitating something deer hear every day. The tip also keeps wounded deer from running as far. As an avid bow hunter, I’ve watched hundreds of hunting shows and videos, and I’ve noticed most of the time, hunters stop a moving deer by... READ MORE
Whitetail Vapor Trails
By Jeffrey Chancellor
My tip is an easily overlooked method of detecting bedded deer. Have you ever hunted on a frosty morning and feared deer would see you because of the vapor cloud created by your breath? I have. Sometimes, when a deer is staring me down, I’ve even tried holding my breath to avoid detection — it’s impossible! The same dilemma holds... READ MORE
Tubular Head-and-Neck Gear
By Tim H. Martin
Photo: Buff USA’s Polar Buff is one of many tube-style headwear garments available to hunters today. This model, which acts as a head cover and neck gaiter, is actually a one-piece tube. During a Texas pronghorn hunt in 2007, I received severe sun damage to one side of my neck from hours of driving an ATV across the desert. I’d forgotte... READ MORE
Stringless Drag Rag
By Torrey Owens
I’m one of those hunters who likes to use drag rags. If you don’t know what a drag rag is, it’s simply a piece of cloth soaked in scent, then attached to the hunter by a string. The rag leaves a scent trail as you walk. But I hate using strings. They snag on everything in your path and create extra noise, especially on dry, windle... READ MORE
Rock Solid in a Pinch
By Tim H. Martin
Photo: The shooting house where Tim H. Martin took this Texas management buck did not come equipped with a sandbag to steady his rifle, so the Buckmasters Tip Editor made one. There's an old shooter's adage that still holds a lot of truth today: "You are only as good as your rest." Today, most shooting houses and ladder-type treestands are equipped... READ MORE
Stick a Sock in It!
By Ronald Miller
Photo: Montana can be a harsh environment for hunters. Ronald Miller — shown here with a nice 10-pointer — used his resourcefulness and a simple clothing item to stay in the woods after his wife stepped into a frozen creek. Stick a sock in it — your backpack, that is. Or better yet, a pair of socks. You’d be surprised how ma... READ MORE
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