Nature’s Alert Systems
By Matthew Weiser and Tim H. Martin
Part I: Pay Attention to Blue Jays: When hunting, if you hear blue jays making a ruckus, there might be some deer coming your way. So, pay attention to the direction of their noises. — By Matthew Weiser Part II: More on Nature’s Alarms: Experienced hunters pay attention to local animal behavior to predict the approach of whitetails as w... READ MORE
Field Test Before D-Day
By Brion Whitten and Tim H. Martin
Whether you are a bowhunter or gunhunter, make sure to wear the same clothes and use the same gear you will be hunting with. This will prevent problems before the moment of truth arrives. — Brion Whitten
Editor’s Note, by Tim H. Martin: When I think of grand mistakes caused by not practicing with the same gear used in an actual event, ... READ MORE
July: Time to Set Stands
By Bob Humphrey & Yamaha Outdoors
It’s July during some of the longest and hottest days of the year. Deer season, in most cases, is still months away. What better time to set your stands? It might sound a bit crazy, but right now is actually a great time to get some of your larger treestands in for the coming season.
First and most importantly, whatever distur... READ MORE
Dealing with Anti-Hunters
By Steve Hickoff and Yamaha Outdoors
Photo: The restoration of the wild turkey due to sound management practices is a wildlife success story. Let anti-hunters know about this, and other positives about our lifestyle.
I handed her my long black gun case. She put it behind her driver’s seat, saying, “Sure hope that thing doesn’t fall on me! What’s in it?”
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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
Hunting’s SECOND Handiest Item?
By David Johnson and Tim H. Martin
Don’t Trim It — Zip It! — Tip Submission by David Johnson I’m one of those hunters who believe the less brush cutting and trimming you do, the less likely Ol’ Big Boy is going to notice your intrusion into his world. Instead of hacking tree branches, I use zip ties to pull back and secure obstructing foliage from of my... READ MORE
Still-Hunting, Still Awesome
By Tim Knight
Photo: Still-hunting (stalking) presents a different set of challenges than hunting from a blind or stand. Still, it can be both fun and effective. – Photo Courtesy Luke Noffsinger Still-hunting (stalking) presents a different set of challenges than hunting from a blind or treestand. Still, this age-old method can be both fun and effective, a... READ MORE
Virtually Perfect Practice
By Ken Piper, Executive Editor | Buckmasters
If I told you I’ve shot a thousand or more trophy bucks, you’d think I was either a poacher or a liar. I’m neither, and although the vast majority of those bucks were shot in a virtual setting, that experience has done more for my real bowhunting than any other type of practice or expensive gear. I’ve been shooting video hun... READ MORE
Take a Nap; Kill a Turkey
By Steve Hickoff
Turkey seasons are in full swing this month in places like the Deep South and even Hawaii. Chances are you’ll encounter some henned-up birds in the process — ones that could care less about your calls. Despite your winter-weary enthusiasm now to hunt spring gobblers, it might be time to scale back a notch or two. Relax. Take a nap in th... READ MORE
Cool Hunting Product Alert: OMEALS
By Tim H. Martin
I’m always on the lookout for cool new products for Buckmasters fans. When I received an email from an agency promoting a ‘self-heating home style meal requiring no stove or flame,’ I was intrigued. The email explained all you need is 3 to 5 ounces of liquid to activate the heating pack — even old coffee or creek water! I h... READ MORE
Wooden Stands . . . Just Don’t
By Ray Thiel
Photo: With so many safe and affordable modern stands on the market, avoiding homemade stands is sound advice. Recently, I read Gary LaLone’s Buckmasters Tip of the Week, which recommended using play sand to increase traction on slippery treestands, especially those constructed of wood. He describes a scary incident in which he nearly lost hi... 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
Old-timer’s Scent Mask
By Thomas Bradford
For hunters who need a scent mask in a pinch, or those who can't afford to buy scent killer sprays, there’s a simple solution I've used all my life: cedar trees.
In the Tennessee foothills where I'm from, cedar trees are abundant. When I head out hunting, I always cut a little limb off and roll it in my hands, then rub it all over my clothin... 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
Add Rocks to Your Bag of Tricks
By Kevin Snyder
I’m an avid bowhunter and have traveled all over North America on hunting trips. I’d like to share one of my tricks with Buckmasters fans. It’s helped me take game on many occasions. Even though rocks add a little bit extra weight to my gear, I always carry a few carefully selected ones with me on hunting trips. Of all the technol... READ MORE