Buckmasters Magazine

Is the Rut Overrated?

Is the Rut Overrated?

By David Hart

Is the rut really the slam dunk so many of us assume it is? Just how popular is the rut? Ask any deer hunter and he’ll insist it’s the best time to tag a trophy-class buck. We plan our vacations around it, and we anticipate it the way a child counts down the days to Christmas morning. Even outfitters charge a premium for that mythical p... READ MORE

Home on the Range

Home on the Range

By Dennis L. Dahlke

Despite being shot at twice, this mature buck refused to leave his core area. This hunt began three years ago in east-central Kansas. It was late September as I lay on a pond dam glassing an oak ridge. At just about sundown, I spotted a mature buck looking my way. I put out a trail camera but failed to get any shooter bucks on it. The next year, in... READ MORE

Expectations Exceeded

Expectations Exceeded

By Amy Wheeler

Who says your first buck has to be little? I had two goals for the 2010 whitetail season: learn to use the crossbow and claim my first buck. I become emotional just thinking about the day those goals became a reality. My boyfriend, Miguel, introduced me to hunting in 2009, and I immediately knew it was for me. As a teenager, I made every excuse I c... READ MORE

Trapline Bucks

Trapline Bucks

By Tracy Breen

How to get aggressive with habitat improvement to attract and hold deer. Mountain men are considered the ultimate outdoorsmen. They hunted for a majority of their food, and they trapped furbearers for clothing and to make money. While it’s difficult to find a hardcore trapper these days, there are a few still out there. Some are better than o... READ MORE

The Right Way to Bait

The Right Way to Bait

By David Hart

Love it or hate it, baiting is legal in many states. Here’s how to do it properly. Whether or not you agree with it, baiting deer is legal in all or part of at least 27 states. Some, like Michigan and Wisconsin, have restrictions on the amount of feed hunters can use, while Louisiana allows baiting on private land only and with everything but... READ MORE

Have a Plan

Have a Plan

By P.J. Reilly

A well thought out plan of action will increase your chances for a big buck. Ever watch a pro football game and notice the coach on the sidelines carrying a large multicolored card? That’s his game plan. Every team has one for every game, and it covers everything: offense, defense and special teams. It’s what the coach believes is the r... READ MORE

The Anniversary Bucks

The Anniversary Bucks

By Danielle Hegge

If you’re going hunting on your wedding anniversary, you might as well make it count. My husband is Luke Hegge, an avid bowhunter since the day we met. In addition to hunting the local area for whitetails and in Colorado for elk, he applies yearly for the Camp Ripley hunt in central Minnesota. He’s been going to the same area for 17 yea... READ MORE

Vocal Whitetails

Vocal Whitetails

By Bob Humphrey

Sound is a subtle, yet important means of communication for deer. I was slipping along a hardwood ridge in the West Virginia mountains on my way to a treestand when I spied a distant buck. I quickly grabbed my call and grunted, but the buck showed no reaction. I grunted again, this time louder, and it slammed on the brakes, threw up its head and st... READ MORE

15 Days to 15 Minutes

15 Days to 15 Minutes

By Ken Piper

When it comes to taking bucks, it’s all about location. They say there are three keys to hitting it big in real estate: location, location, location. That’s often true of deer hunting as well, and it’s why so many articles talk about the importance of being mobile. Let’s face it: Whitetails seldom show up where we want them ... READ MORE

Who’s Patterning Who?

Who’s Patterning Who?

By David Hart

Change your routine to see more bucks. At 4 p.m. on most weekdays in November, Joe Carpenter lays down his tool belt, walks away from the job site and drives to the farm he’s been hunting most of his life. He parks at the same gate, walks down the same logging road and climbs into the same wooden stand he built a decade ago. Joe might stop fo... READ MORE

Expletives Deleted

Expletives Deleted

By Mike Handley

Here’s why leaving your bow in the clouds is not a good idea. Clutching only an arrow in my right hand, my inner predator mulled over the possibility of spearing the panting 11-pointer just 10 yards from me. In some other corner of my addled brain, a soprano voice was pleading for the buck to turn around and go away, preferably back into the ... READ MORE

A Place for Crossbows

A Place for Crossbows

By Russell Thornberry

Horizontal bows make great tools for recruiting and keeping hunters. It is interesting to observe hunter reaction to crossbows from back in the day when they were demonized by some. I am gratified to see crossbows finally gaining respect and coming into their own. The oldest argument against crossbows was they are too effective and hunters would de... READ MORE

Going Solo

Going Solo

By P.J. Reilly

Hunting with friends is great, but there are benefits to going alone. The forecast was a bowhunter’s dream: clear, cold, high-pressure system firmly settled in, and no wind. I’d recently seen a marked uptick in scrape and rub activity, so there was nothing that was going to keep me out of my Pennsylvania treestand that morning. The nigh... READ MORE

Food Plots with a Purpose

Food Plots with a Purpose

By David Hart

Do you want to grow bigger deer or attract them for hunting? When Ray Scott started the Whitetail Institute in 1988, he sold a single product: white clover. Although Scott, better-known as the founder of BASS at the time, was interested in the nutritional value of clover, few hunters gave it much thought. They just wanted something that would draw ... READ MORE

Rainy Days and Mondays ...

Rainy Days and Mondays ...

By Rick Balzer

Don’t always have to get you down. My father introduced me to hunting when I was 10. He put an Ithaca single-shot 20 gauge (which I still own) in my hands and showed me the proper way to handle, respect and shoot a gun. He started my brothers and me on rabbits, and it didn’t take long for us to share his love of hunting. I took to the c... READ MORE

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