Mind Your Muzzle!
By Tim H. Martin
How to take safe grin-and-grin photos:
Each year, Buckmasters' editors receive photos of hunters with their trophies. Many are unusable because the firearm has been propped on the animal's side with the gun muzzle pointed back toward the hunter.
Even if the gun is unloaded, no one is behind the trigger and the bolt is open, there's a strong likel... 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
Cheap Cleanup Tips
By Justin Miller
Deer hunters often need water for cleanup after field dressing a deer, but have to figure out what to do if there isn’t a convenient water source nearby.
Like most hunters, I carry a little drinking water, but nothing more since all my gear and gadgets take up precious backpack space.
I’ve found a great free item to keep in my pack a... READ MORE
Staying Put: Virtues and Perils
By Rich Williams and Tim H. Martin
When you are an invited guest on someone’s hunting property and they put you in a spot, DO NOT leave early or go roaming around, even if you aren’t seeing anything. Wait until your host comes to get you, because you could get lost or put yourself in a dangerous situation with other hunters. This happened to someone hunting with me; they... 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
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
Warmers in Extreme Cold
By William Sharp
My tip is a follow up to a 2013 Buckmasters Tip of the Week submitted by bowhunter Stacy Vaccaro.
Stacy explained how she uses disposable hand and toe warmers on her arms and shoulders to keep her muscles loose enough to draw her bow in the extreme cold of Wisconsin.
Buckmasters Tip Editor Tim H. Martin added how he learned to put hand and toe wa... READ MORE
Nifty Field-Dressing Tips
By Rob Fetterhoff Jr.
Photo: There's no need for nasty hands. If you haven’t added disposable vinyl gloves to your gear list, you are missing out. Here are some field-dressing tips every hunter should have on hand. Pun intended! Like many hunters, I use disposable gloves while field-dressing my deer. Obviously, gloves minimize the amount of blood on my hands and ... READ MORE
By Ken Piper
A positive mental attitude leads to better results in the woods. There are many factors that go into a successful hunt: scouting, practice and equipment are just a few. In addition to all these physical elements, there are important mental aspects of deer hunting that separate the average from the best. There’s nothing like experience to help... 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
Uses for Old Hunting Socks
By John Cuzzort
Here are a few ideas for turning your old hunting socks into something useful. You'll want to save them for a multitude of purposes you can use in the field — even that ratty pair with holes in the toes. One of the best uses of an old sock is as a padded arm guard for bowhunting. First, cut the sock in half at about the bend of the ankle. The... READ MORE
Raking in the Bucks
By Lee Hutcherson
Hunting is my new passion, but my wife would probably say it’s my new obsession. I took up the sport three short years ago at age 43, and I’ve loved chasing whitetails in my home state of Mississippi, as well as at my club in Tennessee. Although fairly new at it, I’m learning fast, and I’m having great success. As a newbie, ... READ MORE
Conquer the Dead Zone
By Tim H. Martin
Photo: Because it stepped into a dead zone, Buckmasters Tip Editor, Tim H. Martin, had to go southpaw in order to smoke this Alabama 10-pointer. Tim learned this trick from a U.S. Army shooting instructor. Try this test sitting down, as if you were in your treestand: Using an imaginary rifle, without moving below the waist, pretend a deer is direct... READ MORE
Old Timer's Bag o' Tricks
By Richard Brubaker
If you are like me, you enjoy saving and eating the heart and liver from your deer. The problem is getting these tasty parts out of the woods without losing them or making a mess. Sure, you can put them in a plastic bag or game pouch, but then you have to transport the bloody pouch in your hands, pocket or backpack while you drag. Here's an old tim... READ MORE
Don’t Fear the Grunt Tube
By Billy Wright
This season, I realized something about grunt tubes I’d like to share with Buckmasters fans. Sometimes bucks will not respond to one type of grunt, but another will bring them right in. This discovery came with a 9 1/2-year-old buck I took during the second weekend of Oklahoma’s 2017 rifle season. We only have a two-week rifle season, s... READ MORE