Tips & Tactics

Extend Hand Warmer Life

Extend Hand Warmer Life

By Randy Olson

Here in Minnesota, I go through a lot of hand warmers in a deer season, as you might imagine. If you hunt a lot, it can get expensive by the time you use them in your pockets, neck gaiter and boots or underneath your shirt. Over the years, I have discovered a way to get multiple sits out of my hand warmers. It’s really simple! Because the ing... READ MORE

Pressured Bucks? Try 10 ‘til 2!

Pressured Bucks? Try 10 ‘til 2!

By Buckmasters Life Member Kyle Albrecht

I’ve kept my key to public land success a secret for some time now, but am glad to share with fellow Buckmasters fans. I like to bowhunt Missouri’s public hunting grounds from mid-September through mid-January, which is a long archery season. This is permissible in Missouri because a compound bow is considered a legal weapon during all... READ MORE

Priority One: Take Kids Hunting

Priority One: Take Kids Hunting

By Yamaha Outdoors & Bob Humphrey

With the season now underway, it’s time to achieve those resolutions you made in January. If you’re an adult who cares about hunting’s future, there’s one resolution that should be a priority: Take kids hunting this year.   The future of hunting rests firmly on the shoulders of youngsters who take up the sport, an... READ MORE

When Jays are Squawking . . .

When Jays are Squawking . . .

By Donald Spotts

One of my favorite tips is something I suppose many hunters think about, but rarely talk about. Next time you hear blue jays making a fuss, remember this phrase: “When jays are squawking, something’s walking.” Blue jays consider deer to be intruders, and they often follow them just like they will a cat or other predator. Their ru... READ MORE

Add ‘Guest Vest’ to Your Checklist

Add ‘Guest Vest’ to Your Checklist

By Lee Hutcherson

Since hunting season has arrived, I want to remind my fellow hunters about keeping extra gear, including one special item that few of us keep as a spare. Exceptional whitetail hunters know success depends on preparedness before the season starts, beginning with archery and firearm practice. But what about after the season is underway? Checklist Re... READ MORE

Wild Game Buttermilk Bath

Wild Game Buttermilk Bath

By Rod Robert

Venison isn’t the only meat that sometimes has a gamey flavor, and that seems to be a recurring theme among people who eat wild game. For example, where I’m from, we have sharp-tailed grouse. They are practically inedible unless you do something to help them out. I have a simple trick that helps improve my wild game cooking, and it work... READ MORE

What Does ‘Antler Burn’ Mean?

What Does ‘Antler Burn’ Mean?

By Tim H. Martin

After 21 years in the outdoor industry and 40-plus years of hunting white-tailed deer, I thought I knew everything there was to know about antlers. Recently, I learned something about mysterious scrape marks I’d seen on several racks throughout the years, yet never paid much attention to. One of these subtle markings appeared on the outer mai... READ MORE

Keys to Early-season Success

Keys to Early-season Success

By Yamaha Outdoors & Bob Humphrey

For many hunters, deer season conjures up images of cold, frosty mornings and bare trees. But bow seasons, and even some gun seasons start early in many states, giving hunters a chance to ply their avocation under much milder conditions. But deer behavior patterns can be quite different this time of year and knowing how they differ from later in t... READ MORE

Better than Backstrap?

Better than Backstrap?

By Chuck Burklund

Backstraps and tenderloins are popular cuts of deer meat, but I never hear anyone talking about my favorite piece of the deer: venison flat iron steak, also known as mock tenderloins or shoulder tenders. That's probably because it's not the easiest cut to find and separate out. It's found inside the shoulder blade and is a distinctive muscle group... READ MORE

Extra Treestand Hands

Extra Treestand Hands

By Gary Whitbeck

When you climb into your treestand and get settled in, it seems like there are never enough limbs to hang all your stuff on. And those tiny screw-in bow-holder hooks that come with a rope won’t allow you to hang very many items. I’ve found that the larger screw-in hooks made to hang bicycles in your garage make really ample treestand g... READ MORE

Create Antler Rubbing Posts

Create Antler Rubbing Posts

By William Cuthbert

One surefire way to learn if there is buck activity in your area is finding fresh rubbings on small trees, saplings or fence posts. Before the season starts, I have a buck indicator trick I like to use in or around the fields of my hunting property. Harvested agricultural fields are prime spots to check for rubs, but saplings don’t always gro... READ MORE

Trail Cam Tip: Don’t Just Pile It On

Trail Cam Tip: Don’t Just Pile It On

By Gail McKee

For those of you who use trail cameras like I do, I think you'll find this tip very useful. It might become part of your standard operating procedure when it comes to capturing images of whitetails. I've noticed deer will stay longer in front of my camera if I take a moment to broadcast the corn and other attractants instead of just dumping it in a... READ MORE

Hay Bale Hideaways

Hay Bale Hideaways

By Frank Mayes

I’ve hunted in Missouri for many years. Until the past few seasons, ground blinds and ladder stands have been the main types of stands I’ve hunted from. Now, I’m discovering one of the most effective ways to ambush whitetails is from behind hay bales. I’ve had deer walk within 10 feet of me and never know I was there! My set... READ MORE

Better than Corn?

Better than Corn?

By Jeff Maynard

If you use corn as an attractant for drawing deer to your trail cameras or feeders, sometimes it takes a while for deer to find it. I have a tip for something that brings them in faster than corn. And it will help keep them around longer. When setting up cameras and feeders in a new area or in pre-season, I pick a few trees nearby to rub down with ... READ MORE

Whistle While You . . . Hunt?

Whistle While You . . . Hunt?

By Oren Haney

I’d like to share a tip with Buckmasters readers that my dad taught me decades ago when I was only 10 years old. It happened when my father came to me and said he wanted me to go into the woods and collect some meat for the dinner table. Dad told me to take my .22 and try to get a rabbit or two. I had never stalked for rabbits with anything o... READ MORE

Stand Work — Summertime is the Right Time

Stand Work — Summertime is the Right Time

By Bob Humphrey & Yamaha Outdoors

Fall hunting season is still a ways off for most of us, which is precisely why now is the time to do a little deer stand work. The biggest reason is disturbance. You always want to minimize it around your stands, but a certain amount is unavoidable, particularly if you’re setting a new stand. The farther away from when you plan... READ MORE

Party Item Scope Cover

Party Item Scope Cover

By John P. Mason

When hunting season winds down, I get busy cleaning my gear, packing up my camouflage and giving my hunting vehicle a wash after months in the mud. One of the most important things I do is clean, oil and store all my firearms for storage until next hunting season. If you are like most hunters, several of your guns are topped with scopes. And if you... READ MORE

Add Rocks to Your Bag of Tricks

Add Rocks to Your Bag of Tricks

By Kevin Snyder

I’m an avid bowhunter and have traveled all over North America on hunting trips. I’d like to share one of my tricks with Buckmasters fans. It’s helped me take game on many occasions. Even though rocks add a little bit extra weight to my gear, I always carry a few carefully selected ones with me on hunting trips. Of all the technol... READ MORE

Use Your Hunting Skills for Fishing

Use Your Hunting Skills for Fishing

By Tim H. Martin

Because so many Buckmasters fans love fishing, and because it’s summertime, I thought I’d share a philosophy on angling you might not have considered. Angling is a form of hunting, especially if you are fishing from the bank. My grandfather taught me this way of thinking when I was a kid. It’s why I’m one of the world’... READ MORE

Pre-seasoned Venison Trick

Pre-seasoned Venison Trick

By J. R. Reisinger

I really enjoyed the venison tip and memories in Harley Trumbo’s “A Venison vs. Deer Meat Story.” The funny stories about how his father field dressed, handled and cooked their venison brought back memories of my own father. Dad did many of the same things when I was a kid, and our venison always turned out tough and gamey, too! A... READ MORE

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