Tips & Tactics

Military-style Planning for Hunters

Military-style Planning for Hunters

By U.S. Army Maj. (Ret.) Ryan Choate

Critical to any military operation is Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB). I've found the military decision-making process (MDMP) is not unlike the preseason planning process a deer hunter must go through. In the military, we want to know how, when, where and with what the enemy will attack. We gather this information through variou... READ MORE

The Apex Predator = You

The Apex Predator = You

By Jeffrey Steigelmann

Have you ever been scouting in a large area that holds lots of deer sign and come across a tree that just felt right? You might have found this place among a confusing maze of crisscrossing game trails, giving you multiple choices for seemingly good places to locate your treestand. Still, there was just something about that one place you sensed abo... READ MORE

Doe-in-rut Lures Year-round? You Bet!

Doe-in-rut Lures Year-round? You Bet!

By Mike Beal

Photo: Whether the leaves are green, turning colors, or there is snow on the ground, doe-in-rut (estrous) lures attract bucks year-round. I've been bowhunting deer for 30 years, and I’ve heard many hunters argue that using deer scents out of season, particularly when there’s no rut, is a waste of time. After several experiences I’... READ MORE

Stopping the Gunsling Slide

Stopping the Gunsling Slide

By Mark Kay

One of my biggest pet peeves when I’m walking to and from my deer stand is constantly dealing with my rifle sliding off my shoulder. It seems like the gunsling slides down with every few steps I take, and I have to keep one hand on it most of the time. I’m sure you’ve had this happen, too, and you’ve probably done as I have ... READ MORE

Scent Surroundings & Odor Killing

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

It’s Deer Hunting, Not Deer Seeing

It’s Deer Hunting, Not Deer Seeing

By Ken Piper

We often preach the importance of checking distances to likely shooting locations after settling in for a hunt. And while double-checking distance is always a good idea, it’s at least as important to have a good idea of general distances before you even set up a stand. Bowhunters frequently set up too close to trails and get busted when tryin... READ MORE

The Tarsal Hoarder

The Tarsal Hoarder

By Jackie Bushman (as told to Tim H. Martin)

Photo: Jackie Bushman has tagged countless bucks using a combination of modern scents and a tactic he’s used since childhood. Saving and using tarsal glands might be the oldest trick in my hunting book, but those things still work. Something I’ve been doing since I first started deer hunting — long before scent technology arrived... READ MORE

When Hunters Share Property

When Hunters Share Property

By Maureen Janson

When hunters share hunting rights on a piece of property, I’ve found one of the main conflicts to be messing up each other’s hunts when going to and from their stands. If you are a landowner and allow more than one hunter or hunting parties to hunt your place, here are a few ground rules I’ve come up with that hunters must abide b... READ MORE

Know Your Nuts

Know Your Nuts

By Ken Piper

Acorns are not like wine, and white is definitely better than red. Acorns are one of the white-tailed deer’s favorite foods, but getting a buck isn’t as simple as finding an oak tree and setting an egg timer until a bruiser walks in. There are several different types of oaks, and the subtle differences are important. Deer prefer white o... READ MORE

Glow Stick Trail Marker

Glow Stick Trail Marker

By Chris Swanson

When trailing a deer after the sun goes down, it’s often very difficult to keep up with a blood trail using only a flashlight or lantern. I have found a simple kid’s product can make trail marking much easier after dark: Glow Sticks. When you first find blood and it’s nearing dark, activate the Glow Stick, then carefully cut it ... READ MORE

Set Up Ladder Stands Alone

Set Up Ladder Stands Alone

By Anonymous Tip Submission

Setting up ladder stands by yourself can be a chore, especially if the stand is more than 15 feet tall. The bottom nearly always slides as you attempt to walk the top-heavy ladder up the tree. The trick is to stake down the bottom rung of the ladder so it won’t slide. I am 71 years old, and have safely used the following method for years. H... READ MORE

Coming Home Alive

Coming Home Alive

By Rene Borne

Photo: A fist-sized survival item gives outdoorsmen a sense of comfort in the backcountry. Tip Editor Tim H. Martin knows all too well — shown here moments before getting slammed by an ice storm. Thirty years of elk hunting in the mountains of Western Washington have taught me an important lesson every hunter should practice: Be prepared... READ MORE

Small Property Water Holes

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

Easy Turkey Decoy (and Other Gear) Repair

Easy Turkey Decoy (and Other Gear) Repair

By Jim Harkless

Turkey decoys take a lot of abuse. After several years of folding mine and stuffing them into my backpack, the seams on the undersides have begun to split and separate. This seems to be fairly common with inflatable, foam and rubber decoys. The splitting usually occurs around the area where the stakes go into place. But the busted seam will eventua... READ MORE

The Mock Intruder Trick

The Mock Intruder Trick

By Ed Rogers

Every hunter has his or her own method of convincing big bucks to come to their stand. Here is my favorite method of luring them in. Whenever I take a buck, I remove the tarsal glands. These are the dark, smelly patches of fur located inside the big bend of each hind leg. Some hunters call them hock glands. I scrape off any meat tissue, rub a littl... READ MORE

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