During the Crunch, Pack a Lunch
By J. Dement
Public land can be one of the most challenging places to hunt white-tailed deer. The same can be said about heavily hunted places with a high deer-hunter-to-deer ratio. I have been hunting on public land since 1975, and I have learned a thing or two about both deer and deer hunters. The first thing I learned is when deer hunters get cold, they get ... READ MORE
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
It’s in the Bag
By Joe Palermo
Several years ago, I started carrying an ordinary household item that has proved itself valuable for a variety of hunting purposes: heavy-duty plastic garbage or leaf bags.
Initially, I used the bags to tote meat out of the woods. I’d quarter my deer and place the venison in them to keep dirt and leaves off the meat. This also kept blood off... READ MORE
Open Field Yardage Markers
By Neal Gagner
Open fields always seem to be my favorite places to hunt. Where I live, the deer appear at the woods edge, then enter the hay or cornfields where I then have to figure out the yardage. In the deep woods, I can use my rangefinder to mark objects such as trees, rocks and stumps. But open fields rarely have distinguishing features to mark with a rang... 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
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
When Jays are Squawking . . .
By Donald Spotts
One of my favorite tips is something I suppose many hunters think about, but rarely talk about. Next time you hear blue jays making a fuss, remember this phrase: “When jays are squawking, something’s walking.” Blue jays consider deer to be intruders, and they often follow them just like they will a cat or other predator. Their ru... READ MORE
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
Gun Slings: To Remove or Not to Remove?
By Joe Palermo
Photo: Joe Palermo took this gorgeous Kentucky buck in November of 2015. Joe has contributed numerous tips to Buckmasters Tip of the Week, including this week’s thoughts on detaching gun slings. Gun slings are one of the handiest things most hunters use, yet we rarely give them much thought. You don’t always need to have a sling, but tr... READ MORE
Wild Game Buttermilk Bath
By Rod Robert
Venison isn’t the only meat that sometimes has a gamey flavor, and that seems to be a recurring theme among people who eat wild game. For example, where I’m from, we have sharp-tailed grouse. They are practically inedible unless you do something to help them out. I have a simple trick that helps improve my wild game cooking, and it work... READ MORE
Sometimes it's the bow.
By Tim H. Martin
Sometimes it's the Indian. When I first started working for Buckmasters in 1997, it didn't take long to realize I was going to learn a lot from the people around me. One of the first really great tips I picked up was from former Buckmasters editor Russell Thornberry. He basically overhauled my bow form and taught me how to reduce torque and prevent... READ MORE
Bow Sight Covers
By Victor Ortiz
Last summer, I read a Buckmasters Tip of the Week about using different types of koozies as covers for riflescopes. This made me happy, because I have been doing something similar for a long time, except I use koozies to cover and protect my bow sights. A koozie, in case you are not familiar, is an insulating sleeve used to keep a canned or bottled... READ MORE
How A Crossbow IS NOT Like A Rifle
By Bryan Zabitski, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies
Photo: Today’s high-performance hunting crossbows, like the TenPoint Nitro XRT pictured here, shoot arrows at high speeds, but still do not “shoot like rifles.” With the rise of a new generation of high performance hunting crossbows, the temptation to compare crossbows to rifles has become almost irresistible. Each year, technolog... READ MORE
De-stinkify Your Hands
By Tim H. Martin
When I think back to the time I shot and field dressed my first buck, I can still remember the frustrations of trying to get the stink off my hands. That was nearly 40 years ago. Mind you, these were extra funky rutty hands, because I’d somehow managed to grab the buck’s hock glands while dragging it out of the woods — the classic... READ MORE
Be Still, My Beating Heart!
By Mike Bolinder
I can’t speak for other bowhunters, but after sitting stone still in a treestand for several hours and a shooter buck comes walking in, my heartbeat goes from zero to 100 in about three seconds flat! There’s nothing wrong with that reaction because it means you are excited and having fun, however, an accelerated heart rate can mean big ... READ MORE