Buckmasters Magazine

In the Pines

In the Pines

By Tom Fegely

Hot or cold, you often can find whitetails looking for food and shelter in the evergreens. For many years, members of our deer camp would depart for their stands in the predawn darkness with this promise: “See you in the pines at noon.” There, a spring bubbled from mossy rocks, forming a clear, shallow pool, which provided water for tea... READ MORE

Dream On

Dream On

By Steve Bartylla

What hunter hasn’t spent hours dreaming of taking a truly world-class buck? Most of us have a fire burning in our souls for a pure hunting experience. That is, for the joy of communing with nature and matching wits with any whitetail, large or small. But despite the passion for the hunt, I believe we all dream of taking an unbelievable buck. ... READ MORE

Against All Odds

Against All Odds

By Keith Bailey

After 11 long, cold days in an Alberta deer stand, this life member finally got a shot. Whether I’m heading to South Texas, Iowa, Mexico or, in this case, the beautiful North Country of Smokey Lake, Alberta, packing always starts the excitement for any of my hunting trips. The flight up North is filled with hunters looking to bag that trophy ... READ MORE

Snap Decisions

Snap Decisions

By Kathy Etling

How a Minnesota hunter uses cameras to take heavily pressured bucks. Almost any other archer whose trail camera had snapped the photo of a gorgeous 13-point whitetail probably would have been tempted to head out after the animal immediately. Dan Urbas, however, stared at the buck’s 140-class rack, estimated his age at 3 1/2 years, and chose ... READ MORE

Swamp Savvy

Swamp Savvy

By Joe Blake

Because trophy bucks absolutely love the solitude and security of a swamp. It hadn’t rained at all, but the foggy afternoon mist hung so thick around me that water clung to every branch, every blade of grass and every inch of this bowhunter’s body! The thick stand of poplars took on a surreal look as every nook and cranny faded into t... READ MORE

This One’s For You, Steve

This One’s For You, Steve

By Blaine Tiringer

By 7 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2005, I was heading to our hunting ranch near Spiritwood, Saskatchewan. On the way, I decided to check on a field where I had seen some nice bucks. Sure enough, there were fresh tracks from the early-morning snow. I spotted a doe on a hill a half-mile away, so I went to check her out. Then, there he was! With my naked eye, I c... READ MORE

To Shoot or Not to Shoot?

To Shoot or Not to Shoot?

By David Hart

A 6-pointer jumped up from a clump of briers barely 5 yards from my feet. I was in the middle of a walk to push deer from their bedding areas to a couple of friends sitting on the edge of a field a quarter-mile away. I had my .270 cradled in my arms, ready for a split-second opportunity, and the buck tried to make a break to my left, away from my w... READ MORE

No Brakes

No Brakes

By Tom Kule

Nov. 7, 2006, was my first day back East after a successful 10-day BLM land elk hunt in Idaho. It was also the first of a 15-day on-call work block. The good thing about being on call is that I can hunt when I want, as long as I’m ready to head to work with little notice. I live to bowhunt the rut, which typically starts in Ohio around Nov. 8... READ MORE

Be a Doe Master

Be a Doe Master

By Bob Humphrey

I heard them before I saw them — hasty footsteps rattling on the dry leaves like hail stones pinging off a tin roof. Three deer broke cover at 250 yards and raced across the open bog. A quick check through the binoculars showed none sported antlers. It didn’t matter, though. This was the second-to-last day of a month-long season, and I ... READ MORE

The 10% Rule

The 10% Rule

By Tracy Breen

Most deer hunters harvest wall-worthy bucks only occasionally. Even then, it’s most often a case of being in the right place at the right time. A few hunters, however, seem to have discovered the secret to the big-buck program. At most, they make up 10 percent of the hunters in the woods. That 10 percent harvests about 90 percent of the Troph... READ MORE

Hindsight is 177 4/8

Hindsight is 177 4/8

By Greg Gates

For the last 18 years, my passion has been hunting deer in northwest Kansas’ Rooks County. And with access to about 8,000 acres of state-owned and managed hunting lands, plus about 2,000 acres of private property, I have plenty of choices. For the previous 10 years, my hunting partner, Bob Martin, and I had set up camp in the public hunting ... READ MORE

Diet Shifts

Diet Shifts

By Bob Humphrey

I thought my first attempt at a food plot was a dismal failure. It was late October, the deer had barely touched the crop, and I was beginning to think I’d wasted my time and money. I had, after all, committed the cardinal sin of not testing and treating the soil. Maybe that was it. But the plants came up just the same — big, leafy fron... READ MORE

Just Do It

Just Do It

By Kathy Etling

For far too long, we’ve listened to our guys plan all the exciting adventures and book all the hunts. We go — often with their friends or work buddies — because we want to hunt, too. But how many ladies have ever considered turning the tables to plan their own out-of-state — or maybe even home state — hunts? In an era... READ MORE

Evesdropper

Evesdropper

By Mike Handley

The rusted barbed-wire fence was as good a stopping point as any, and it was closer than the road. I dragged the buck right up to the bottom strand, let go of it and leaned my bow against an adolescent oak. In one burst of uncharacteristic effort, I’d covered 40 yards. Thank god it was all downhill. As I stood there sucking in air like a Hoov... READ MORE

A Buck for Grandpa

A Buck for Grandpa

By Danny Senic

The 1976 Virginia firearms season was soon to open and, for the first time, Grandpa wasn’t going hunting with us. He was dying of black lung disease. Grandpa had worked in the coal mines for years, but now they were working on him. Grandpa had been an avid hunter for as long as I could remember. He had taken 39 deer, several of them nice buck... READ MORE

Copyright 2018 by Buckmasters, Ltd.

Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd