Tips & Tactics

It’s In the Bag

It’s In the Bag

By Ken Piper

There’s a better way to stay sweat-free during the walk to your stand. One of the keys to remaining undetected and comfortable in your stand is to arrive there sweat-free. It helps to take your time walking in, but heavy gear, the anticipation of the coming hunt and the rushed feeling from the extra 20 minutes of sleep you got can kick-start ... READ MORE

Never Say Never

Never Say Never

By Ken Piper

“Never” and “always” don’t apply to whitetail behavior. When I started hunting whitetails on public land in Pennsylvania, one of the first things I learned was to watch for the last deer in any group. If there was going to be a buck, it was almost always last in line. As I’ve traveled and hunted in other states, ... READ MORE

Carpet Tagger

Carpet Tagger

By Ken Piper

Hang onto a few sections of your old carpet to use in your deer stands. Old carpet has several uses for deer hunters. You can cut a section of carpet to the exact shape of the platform of your climber, lock-on or ladder stand. The carpet quiets shifting feet, but the best benefit is it creates a barrier between your boots and the bare metal. Metal ... READ MORE

See the Light

See the Light

By Ken Piper

Find an easily accessible spot to store your headlamp. Most whitetail hunters wear a headlamp into or out of the woods. Most also spend some frustrating minutes trying to locate said headlamp in a pack or pocket. Try to get into the habit of always putting your headlamp in the same place when you take it off. It can be a particular pocket in your p... READ MORE

Cold Slap in the Face

Cold Slap in the Face

By Ken Piper

A facemask can keep you in your stand, but don’t let it ruin your hunt. Deer hunting the late seasons requires you to endure one difficult obstacle: Staying in your stand through cold temperatures. Even if your cold-weather vigils are shorter than your hunts from earlier in the season, it doesn’t take long for your nose and ears to get ... READ MORE

January Scouting

January Scouting

By Ken Piper

This is a great time to get a better read on local deer behavior. One trait shared by whitetails and humans is we're creatures of habit. If something works and we're happy, we're not likely to change. This means that, barring significant habitat changes, next year's deer will likely use the same trails, bedding areas, staging areas and breeding gro... READ MORE

Silence is Golden

Silence is Golden

By Ken Piper

There’s a good reason the TV pros whisper after taking a shot. One of the more frequent questions we get at Buckmasters is, “Why do hunting celebrities whisper after taking a shot? The deer is already hit, so what’s the point?” There are several very important reasons to be quiet immediately after shooting a whitetail, and a... READ MORE

A Little Dirt Never Hurt

A Little Dirt Never Hurt

By Ken Piper

Extend the life of your expensive hunting clothing by neglecting it (a little). While deer hunting is just heating up in parts of the deep South, the season is a memory to the rest of the nation’s whitetail hunters. As you prepare to store your gear for the off-season, don’t stress too much about your clothing. Smart whitetail hunters a... READ MORE

Comfort Starts at Your Feet

Comfort Starts at Your Feet

By Ken Piper

Install a footrest on your favorite stand to make it even more lovable. The more time you put in a treestand, the more you become aware of the aches, pains and stiffness that comes with sitting immobile for hours on end (those of you in your 20s and 30s will know what we’re talking about in a few more years). There is one small add-on that do... READ MORE

Say No to Sweat

Say No to Sweat

By Ken Piper

Go slowly and carry your insulated clothes in a dry bag. The key to being comfortable in a deer stand in cold weather is wearing good-quality, well-insulated clothing. The right clothes will help you stay in the stand longer and make your hunt much more enjoyable. Unfortunately, those same clothes will make you sweat during the walk in to your stan... READ MORE

The Calm Before the Storm

The Calm Before the Storm

By Ken Piper

The last 30 minutes before shooting light can be the key to a morning hunt. Most deer hunters know it’s beneficial to get settled into a morning stand early. Even so, most of us try to get every minute of sleep possible, which means we often cut it close. On those occasions when you find yourself running a little late, we recommend making a... READ MORE

Better Late Than Never

Better Late Than Never

By Ken Piper

You can still tag a buck after the rut if you know where to look. We all want to hunt bucks during the rut. It’s just plain fun! The bucks are on the move; they respond to scents, calls and rattles; and you’re likely to see deer you never even knew existed. As exciting as the rut is, late seasons have some big advantages over the rut, a... READ MORE

Stop, Look and Listen

Stop, Look and Listen

By Ken Piper

Don’t let the excitement of the moment take your focus off the deer. We all put a lot of preparation into having our equipment sighted in and ready. We have done a great job of educating one another about the importance of making a good, clean shot. What happens immediately afterward can be vitally important, too. While your heart might be pu... READ MORE

The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

By Ken Piper

Scent control is critical, but don’t forget deer can see pretty well, too. If you can see a deer’s eye(s), it can see you ... or at least catch your movement. The side-of-head location of a whitetail’s eyes gives them a field of view of about 310 degrees, so they don’t miss much! As good as today’s camouflage patterns ... READ MORE

Open Wide

Open Wide

By Ken Piper

You can tell quite a bit about a deer’s age by examining its teeth. Whether you’re starting a management program or just want to know more about deer, determining a buck’s age is a great starting point. The good news is it’s easy and extremely accurate to tell if a buck is a fawn or a 1.5-year-old. It’s also easy and a... READ MORE

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