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
Revealing Old Serial Numbers
By Gene Jones
If you are having trouble reading serial numbers on an old gun, knife or anything stamped in metal, simply take a lead pencil and lightly rub it over the numbers. The graphite will make them stand out much better, at least well enough for you to read them.
Photo: Buckmasters Tip Editor, Tim H. Martin, tested this tip on an old shotgun handed down ... READ MORE
Nifty Turkey Toter
By Bill Neibecker
If you've ever tried to carry a turkey out of the woods, you know how cumbersome it can be. Once the adrenaline from your big moment wears off, that bird can get heavy in a hurry!
I have a tip for turkey hunters that will make this task a breeze, even if the hike back to your vehicle or house is a significant distance.
Any kind of padded strap wi... READ MORE
Hunting’s Bigger Picture
By Diane Mormando and Tim H. Martin
My hunting tip is to take time to appreciate your time in the woods. Hunting is not just about taking a big deer; it’s a special time to look inside your soul and enjoy life. — Diane Mormando
Editor’s Note: by Tim H. Martin
I am so glad Diane submitted this tip! It’s just as important as other how-to tips. Her words... READ MORE
Size (of Tree) Matters
By Tim H. Martin
Early in my hunting career, I hunted from a particular lock-on treestand located in a great place, but deer busted me there on a regular basis. At first, I couldn’t figure out why. I’d been taking extreme care preparing for each shot, reaching for my bow with caution, standing ever so slowly and getting into position with minimal moveme... READ MORE
Lost in the Wild — Safety Gear
By David Hoogendorn
I am retired from the U.S. Army, and safety has been beaten into my head since I was a private. This discipline has carried over from my military career and into my life as a civilian who hunts.
Because I hunt in a vast, 5,000-acre area, getting lost could be a very real and very life-threatening proposition. I take special precautions not to get ... READ MORE
Cool Camp Fridge
By David Widby
Have you ever been on a hunting, fishing or camping trip and wished you had a small refrigerator? I know an iceless way to keep your cool things cool in camp.
There are a couple of caveats, however. First, you’ll need a nearby body of water, like a lake or stream (preferably a stream). Secondly, it doesn’t work well if it’s blazi... READ MORE
Mind Your Muzzle!
By Tim H. Martin
How to take safe grin-and-grin photos:
Each year, Buckmasters' editors receive photos of hunters with their trophies. Many are unusable because the firearm has been propped on the animal's side with the gun muzzle pointed back toward the hunter.
Even if the gun is unloaded, no one is behind the trigger and the bolt is open, there's a strong likel... READ MORE
Don’t Forget the TP!
By Bryan Christensen
Other than for having it on hand when nature calls, toilet paper can serve another important purpose for hunters. I use TP for blood trailing, too, and keep some in my backpack. When tracking a wounded deer, mark the blood trail every so often by leaving a piece of toilet paper in the brush along the trail. This will help you find the trail if you ... READ MORE
Wind Indicator Refill Substitute
By Brady Howe
I use a powder-filled puffer bottle to check the wind direction while I'm hunting. It's easy to go through a lot of powder in a short amount of time, and the refills can be very expensive. Powder substitutes like baking soda and cornstarch either clump easily or are too heavy to hang in the air for long periods of time, so I did some research and ... READ MORE
Designated Treestand Days
By Tim H. Martin
For Safety, Fun and Fellowship
Treestands are expensive, yet all-too-often neglected pieces of hunting equipment.
Hunters who leave portable stands attached to trees year round are asking for trouble. The same goes for those (myself included) who don’t always inspect permanent stands before Opening Day. This can be costly and sometimes dang... READ MORE
Hear Like a Deer Hears
By Andrew Marley
Although I consider myself a novice outdoorsman, I’d like to share a tip for stalking given to me by a hunting buddy who has taught me a lot.
When I walk to my stand, stalk or still hunt, I like to wear my Walker’s Game Ear headphones. Although originally developed as a hearing protection device, I’ve found the headphones also wo... READ MORE
Longer-Lasting Trail Markers
By Albert Canady
My tip is a tree-friendly and longer-lasting way to mark the trials leading to and from your treestands.
To begin, I like to use a quality electrical tape. I fold long strips around the limbs of trees along my trail, allowing several inches of the tape to hang from either side of the limb. Then I press the adhesive sides of the tape together to fo... READ MORE