Lost in the Wild — Safety Gear
By David Hoogendorn
I am retired from the U.S. Army, and safety has been beaten into my head since I was a private. This discipline has carried over from my military career and into my life as a civilian who hunts.
Because I hunt in a vast, 5,000-acre area, getting lost could be a very real and very life-threatening proposition. I take special precautions not to get ... READ MORE
No Gutting Necessary
By Dave Graber
Photo: Quartering a deer properly, knowing to leave the hide on and knowing how to remove the loins without gutting are skills all deer hunters should know. In this age of ATVs, UTVs and 4-wheel drive vehicles that help us transport game to the processor quickly, we don’t always need to quarter up our animals like we used to. Still, the need ... READ MORE
Winter Preparedness for Hunters
Here are some tips for helping outdoorsmen and women stay safe during a nasty stretch of winter weather: Avoid overexertion when dragging out a deer or shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack — a major cause of death in the winter. Stretch well before attempting strenuous activities or climbing treestands. Do not attempt to c... READ MORE
Space Blanket Uses for Deer Hunters
By Bob Takeo
Before deer season starts, I buy a couple of space blankets to use in a number of different ways in the field.
I split one of the blankets into two smaller units by asking my wife to cut it in half and sew shut the cut edges.
Next, I fold up my blankets tightly, seal them in a ziplock bag and place in my backpack. They take up very little room an... READ MORE
Blood Trailing: Beware the Double-back!
By Jeff Gardner
After 36 years of bowhunting and following blood trails, you’d think I’d seen everything. But during Oklahoma’s 2017 archery season, I learned a new lesson I’d like to share with Buckmasters fans. I’d settled into my ladder stand around noon on a cloudy November afternoon, and I was highly optimistic. The wind was in m... READ MORE
Four Tools for Escape
In the event of an accident, these products will help you escape from your car or truck as quickly as possible, even if it is submerged in a body of water:
ResQMe ($12.95) is a convenient keychain rescue tool that fits in the palm of your hand and can cut through seatbelts and break glass.
LifeHammer ($19.95) does the same but is larger (6.75 inc... READ MORE
Deer Calls: Go All Out!
By Donnie Carroll
I’d like to share something with Buckmasters fans that I learned as a young hunter. When I was a kid, my dad wasn’t always as open to trying out new tactics as I was. We didn’t do a lot of exploring when we hunted together. When I finally reached the age when I could hunt all by myself, I found myself testing out things I’d... READ MORE
Avoid Taking Button Bucks
By Ken Piper
Harvesting does is the cornerstone of every deer management plan, but how do you know the doe you’re about to shoot isn’t a button buck instead? This can be especially challenging when hunting along greenfields. Button bucks haven’t had time to fully develop their survival skills, making them particularly vulnerable when their mot... READ MORE
Deer Journal Keeps Data & Memories
By Tim H. Martin
Photo: For more than 30 years, Tim H. Martin has kept an outdoor journal. He uses it to capture deer data, but more importantly, he uses it to capture memories. In Robert Ruark's beloved classic, “The Old Man and the Boy,” he describes March as “a fine month for remembering.” With deer season now gone, March is the perfect t... READ MORE
Dental Care for Hunting Dogs
Many hunters and dog owners don't realize just how crucial oral care is for their best friend, or just how deadly dental disease can be. Some simple preventive measures can help extend the life of your hunting dog.
"Dental care is key in maintaining a pet's overall health," says Dr. Cori Gross, a field veterinarian for Veterinary Pet Insurance (VP... READ MORE
Loading Heavy Animals Alone
By Hilario Pena
Photo: No, it’s not a world record whitetail doe; it’s a female nilgai antelope from South Texas. A hunter on a neighboring property wounded it, so Hilario Pena had to finish it off when it hobbled onto his ranch. Hilario uses a two-rope trick to load heavy creatures like this by himself. My tip is an easy two-rope method of loading hea... READ MORE
Emergency Fire Starters
By Tim H. Martin, Travis Wilson & Charles Ward
Lighter Knots (Pine Hearts) – By Tim H. Martin Recently, I watched a reality TV show where a man and woman were attempting to survive 21 days in the wilds of south Alabama. The location was just a few miles from my old hunting lease. I was dumbfounded when the couple struggled to make fire with a steel and scraper-style fire starter. Fo... READ MORE
Scent Surroundings & Odor Killing
By David Cruson
Photo: Matching cover scents to the areas you are hunting is as important as using topical odor killing sprays. At a time when companies are dedicated to putting the best possible cover scents on the market, I’ve found many deer hunters are buying products that don’t even apply to their hunting areas. This makes no sense to me. If a hu... READ MORE
Build Whitetails’ Tolerance for ATVs
By Al Zwick
One characteristic I’ve noticed among white-tailed deer is, when given proper conditioning, they will develop a comfort level with ATVs, farm machinery and motorized vehicles. Knowing this trait has helped make my life easier, and I use it to gain an edge when hunting season rolls around. Through conditioning, I’m now able to drive dir... READ MORE
Poor Man’s Rangefinder
By Shane Harper
As a father of four, finding time to hunt, let alone the money, can be quite difficult at times. Although the kids will eventually be old enough to stay at home on their own, the expense of hunting will never get easier. I don't let the cost of hunting discourage me from enjoying my passion for bowhunting. Still, it's hard not to be envious o... READ MORE