Buckmasters Magazine

10 Last-Ditch Deer Tricks

10 Last-Ditch Deer Tricks

By David Hart

Because it ain’t over until it’s over! You passed up one too many bucks, spent too much time at the office or maybe things just didn’t go your way this season. The clock’s ticking, and the deer that pranced across food plots and strolled through open hardwoods are nowhere to be seen. You’re nervous, and you worry the s... READ MORE

How Far Is Too Far?

How Far Is Too Far?

By Dave Henderson

Don’t confuse lab potential with real world conditions when hunting with a slug-shooter. To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never twittered, tweeted, blogged or done anything with an app. I‘ve never been on Facebook and don’t own an iPad, Blackberry or Droid. Despite my Neanderthal ploddings in the space age world of communic... READ MORE

Home on the Range

Home on the Range

By Bob Humphrey

Do bucks really live their lives in one square mile? At 180 yards, it was a long poke, especially for someone who rarely shoots over 100, but that’s how far the 8-pointer was when I pinged him with my rangefinder. I grabbed my rifle and tried to find the buck in the crosshairs, only to discover whips of grass in the line of fire. There was ju... READ MORE

Same County, Different Names

Same County, Different Names

By Mike Handley

B&C and Buckeye Big Bucks recognize Brian Stephens’ Highland County whitetail as an Ohio record. An even bigger deer holds the No. 1 spot in the BTR. Regardless of which record book you’re holding, Ohio’s No. 1 muzzleloader buck — whether you call it non-typical or irregular — hails from Highland County. But it won... READ MORE

Shades of Gray

Shades of Gray

By David Hart

Sometimes doing the right thing isn’t as easy as it should be. Game laws are pretty straightforward. You can’t shoot a deer at night. It’s illegal to use a firearm during archery season, and you can’t take more deer than the legal limit. It’s all there in black and white. Sometimes, however, we face a dilemma that isn&... READ MORE

The Forest for the Trees

The Forest for the Trees

By John C. Street

What whitetail hunters need to know about forest habitat. Eighteen years ago, when the patriarchs of our respective families were approaching their 80th birthdays, my wife Kathy and I built each of them a deer stand. These were not your basic platform-nailed-in-a-tree stands. They were freestanding 8x8s, 12 feet off the ground, with wood burning st... READ MORE

A Blood Trail to Nowhere

A Blood Trail to Nowhere

By David Hart

A lost deer might not get eaten by a hunter, but it doesn’t go to waste. The cloud of smoke from my muzzleloader obscured the buck. All I could do was lift my head from the stock and look for the deer. I fully expected to see the white belly of a dead buck on the ground, or perhaps the buck making a few final steps before collapsing. Instead,... READ MORE

Western Whitetails

Western Whitetails

By Fred Eichler

As whitetails continue to adapt to mule deer country, so must the hunters who pursue them. The monster whitetail had five long, heavy points on each side of his rack. With a trembling hand, I slowly lifted my recurve bow off the hook. Luke Robb, a friend and one of the guides who works for me, was sitting in a stand just above with a camera. He whi... READ MORE

Diversion Tactics

Diversion Tactics

By Joe Blake

A decoy might make the difference in tagging a buck this season. The giant 9-pointer was trudging across the huge Nebraska CRP field, no doubt looking for a willing doe. Although he was more than 100 yards away, his massive rack stood out clearly above the tall grass. I was able to glass the trophy from my perch, 12 feet up a twisted elm, longbow i... READ MORE

Reading Rubs

Reading Rubs

By Darren Warner

Rubs have been shrugged off as scouting tools, but they can be an important part of the buck equation. To many deer hunters, at least those who don’t play an instrument, buck rubs are like sheet music. They know what they’re looking at and that it contains a lot of information, but they’re not sure about the melody — or, in ... READ MORE

Supersized!

Supersized!

By Mike Handley

Put on your bibs, because here are a couple of ’Bama whitetails that’ll make you drool! Alabama has one of the longest and most generous deer seasons in the country, as well as one of the largest herds. But it isn’t known for bucks that’ll make a discriminating hunter salivate like a dieter watching a KFC Double Down commerc... READ MORE

Do Buck Limits Matter?

Do Buck Limits Matter?

By David Hart

If success rates are relatively low, why do we even have buck limits? In 2007, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources changed a long-standing tradition when it reduced the state’s bag limit from a buck a day to three per season. The reason, according to deer studies project leader Chris Cook, was to shift pressure away f... READ MORE

Scoring From Ground Zero

Scoring From Ground Zero

By Darren Warner

You can’t always find a climbable tree in good whitetail habitat. For several long days, I’d faithfully hunted from a permanent ground blind in northern Michigan, and I was beginning to think I was wasting my time. I’d probably overhunted the blind, repeatedly drawn back by my father’s news of spotting a mature buck in the a... READ MORE

What Jinx?

What Jinx?

By Mike Handley

Old Kansas Proverb: Sometimes you get the deer’s goat, sometimes he gets yours. Dear Abby: While deer hunting in Kansas last season, I was given the chance to test-drive an Ameristep pop-up blind erected by a guy whose trip was cut short by news of a workplace crisis. The man, from one of those C-cities in Ohio, obviously put a lot of work in... READ MORE

Put a Buck to Bed

Put a Buck to Bed

By Bob Humphrey

A look at whitetail bedding areas and how they’re important to hunters. My son Ben and I made our way to within 100 yards of our double ladder stand. “We’re gonna have to be as quiet as we can from here on,” I said. He understood why and nodded. We moved slowly and quietly, inching forward only when the wind blew, then crept... READ MORE

Get Up and Go!

Get Up and Go!

By David Hart

You need a Plan B when treestands and food plot vigils aren’t working. When a herd of cows decided to camp out under Gary Smith’s northern Virginia treestand, he had no choice but to get down and move. It was still early in the morning, but instead of hustling to his backup stand, Smith decided to still-hunt his way along a ridge. It tu... READ MORE

The Long Haul

The Long Haul

By Joe Blake

The more time you spend in the woods, the better your odds for success. The cold, north wind continued stinging my face, just as it had throughout the day. Intermittent waves of sleet and snow didn’t make things any easier as I continued to scan the Minnesota woodlot. The discomfort caused me to question the wisdom of remaining in the stand, ... READ MORE

How to Get Bow-Close

How to Get Bow-Close

By Fred Eichler

Advice from this traditional bowhunter can help you be in the right spot. I heard the sound of footfalls on the leaves to the right. I could tell by the cadence it was definitely a deer and not a squirrel, hog or armadillo, and I didn’t dare move my head for fear it would spot me. I listened as it moved closer, my eyes aching from the strain ... READ MORE

Scrape Savvy

Scrape Savvy

By Bob Robb

Is hunting over scrapes really worth your time? I remember when I first encountered a whitetail’s scrape while hunting. I was in Alberta, and the area was torn up like a barnyard. I was pretty dumb back then. It was about the time Nixon was president, and I thought I had found the proverbial pot of gold. I sat at that spot for a week. Except ... READ MORE

5 Keys to Early Season Bucks

5 Keys to Early Season Bucks

By Steve Bartylla

It helps to have a step-by-step plan. I was getting frustrated. I was hunting a northern Alberta zone that had a five-day bow season. Arriving two days early, I figured it would be a simple task to observe some fields, pick a few bigger bucks and set up for the hunt. Sunset on the first day of the season found me racing to the least promising alfal... READ MORE

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