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
Ice Water Venison Tenderizer
By Jack McCullough
“Gamey” is an adjective I frequently hear for describing the taste of venison. I hear this complaint from hunting and nonhunting friends alike. Years ago, on an evening hunt, I harvested a doe and hung it up overnight. Unfortunately, I had an accident later that evening which prevented me from finishing my butcher work on the doe... READ MORE
Barbed Wire Fence Tamer!
By Richard Burt
Snagging your pants on a barbed wire fence is something you will inevitably do if you are a deer hunter, fisherman, or like to chase birds, rabbits or squirrels — pretty much any kind of outdoor activity in the field. Over the years and on multiple occasions, I have ripped my britches on that wicked top strand more times than I’d like t... READ MORE
Get a Grip on Tree Steps
By Mitch Wagnon
Have you ever slipped or come close to falling off a ladder rung or tree step? I have, and it's not a fun experience. Losing a foothold or handhold almost always happens in the dark, when we hunters do most of our climbing. Rain or even heavy dew can cause climbing steps to become super slick, but I’ve found a quick fix I’d like to... READ MORE
Off Season Hunting Tips
By Russ Whalen
Just because the season ends doesn’t mean you have to give up hunting. Well, with a weapon anyway.
For many reasons, I like to try to spend as much time as possible in my hunting stand during the off season.
There is less hunting pressure then, so deer will be less skittish, and you can observe them acting more like themselves when the guns... READ MORE
Cool Camp Fridge
By David Widby
Have you ever been on a hunting, fishing or camping trip and wished you had a small refrigerator? I know an iceless way to keep your cool things cool in camp.
There are a couple of caveats, however. First, you’ll need a nearby body of water, like a lake or stream (preferably a stream). Secondly, it doesn’t work well if it’s blazi... READ MORE
Clear a Path to Success!
By Danny Rasnake
Photo: Small things lead to successful deer hunting. Raking a path to your stand could help put venison in your freezer. One of the most important aspects of deer hunting is getting to and from our treestands quietly. Without silent entries and exits, deer are alerted to our presence, which decreases our odds of success. Once leaves start to fall,... READ MORE
Rifle Targets Come Gift-Wrapped
By Ryan Noffsinger / Art Director Buckmasters Magazine
Photo: Before scoring their first Alabama buck double, Ryan Noffsinger (right) and his son Luke wanted to double-check the zero on their scopes. Ryan discovered a great target substitute when he lost his store-bought targets. As an avid bowhunter, I don’t usually knock the dust off my deer rifles until after Christmas. This season was no diff... READ MORE
Compass Usage for Treestand Setups
By Larry Brown
Experienced hunters use a compass for more than just map reading.
To make my treestands most effective during hunting season, I always carry a compass. I use it when picking out a tree and deciding which direction to face my stand. Here's why:
Knowing your bearings is essential for the initial stand set up. If you guess and get it wrong, you'll l... READ MORE
Small Property Water Holes
By Michael Malloy
Most hunters know the big three elements to keeping deer on your property: water, cover, and a good food source, even on small tracts like my 10 acres in Georgia. If any one of these three is missing, the deer will likely leave your area. Whether you have 10 acres or hundreds, recent droughts have taught us a lot about what deer do when water is la... READ MORE
Longbeard Mementos Done Right
By Dave Graber
After you have been turkey hunting for a while, you’ll accumulate a lot of birds, as well as lots of memories and gobbler souvenirs. I’ve taken 88 longbeards so far, and hope to reach 100 before I go to that big bird paradise in the sky. Whether it’s a full-body mount, a turkey tail preserved in a fan, a spur necklace or beard col... READ MORE
Are You Shooting for Speed or Power with Your Hunting Crossbow?
By Bryan Zabitski, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies
These days, speed seems to be the primary selling feature of most hunting crossbows. With so much emphasis being put on speed, it is a good time to discuss an arrow’s kinetic energy and why it is important to consider its significance in the context of crossbow shooting and hunting. A lighter arrow that shoots faster out of your crossbow may ... READ MORE
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
Avoid Bowhunter’s Surprise
By Jack U. Baker Jr.
Photo: Consider reducing your bow’s poundage when the weather turns cold. Failing to do so could cost you a deer. Bow season starts as early as August in some states, so it’s usually warm when we are practicing.Since it’s easy to draw a bow in warm weather while wearing a T-shirt, we often crank up our compound bows to maximum pou... READ MORE
Failing Food Plots?
By ACES at Auburn University
You might have noticed that some or all of your plots are not producing like they used to or that they seem to be prone to failure in the summer months. One factor that you might not have considered is hardpan.
Hardpan is a layer of soil that has become dense and compacted by heavy equipment, found from 2 to 10 inches below the topsoil.
Hardpan ... READ MORE