Tips & Tactics

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

Screw-in Tree Step Tips

Screw-in Tree Step Tips

By Brian Buzby and Tim H. Martin

I am a hunter who prefers hang-on or lock-on style treestands. Screw-in tree steps are my favorite method for getting up and down. As you’ve probably experienced, getting tree steps started can be quite difficult in certain species of trees with thick or hard bark. It can be a real pain to get a bite into wood, even with small screw-in access... READ MORE

Party Item Scope Cover

Party Item Scope Cover

By John P. Mason

When hunting season winds down, I get busy cleaning my gear, packing up my camouflage and giving my hunting vehicle a wash after months in the mud. One of the most important things I do is clean, oil and store all my firearms for storage until next hunting season. If you are like most hunters, several of your guns are topped with scopes. And if you... READ MORE

Love Those Rubber Gloves

Love Those Rubber Gloves

By Rob Fetterhoff Jr.

Photo: Rob Fetterhoff Jr. sends us a unique tip for using vinyl gloves. Here, the hunter poses with a pretty 8-pointer he took on the southern tier of the Empire State’s western side. Like many hunters, I use disposable gloves while field-dressing my deer. Obviously, gloves minimize the amount of blood on my hands and sleeves, but here’... READ MORE

Set Up for Muddy Boots

Set Up for Muddy Boots

By Tim H. Martin

In sections of my home state of Alabama, we have a supernaturally sticky type of mud that gives deer hunters fits. The evil gray stuff is not-so-affectionately known as gumbo. Found mostly in the Black Belt region, gumbo cakes up on the bottom of our boots to the point it often takes five minutes per boot to remove it with a stick. What a waste o... READ MORE

Longbeard Mementos Done Right

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

Build Whitetails’ Tolerance for ATVs

Build Whitetails’ Tolerance for ATVs

By Al Zwick

One characteristic I’ve noticed among white-tailed deer is, when given proper conditioning, they will develop a comfort level with ATVs, farm machinery and motorized vehicles. Knowing this trait has helped make my life easier, and I use it to gain an edge when hunting season rolls around. Through conditioning, I’m now able to drive dir... READ MORE

Four Tools for Escape

Four Tools for Escape

By Nationwide

In the event of an accident, these products will help you escape from your car or truck as quickly as possible, even if it is submerged in a body of water: ResQMe ($12.95) is a convenient keychain rescue tool that fits in the palm of your hand and can cut through seatbelts and break glass. LifeHammer ($19.95) does the same but is larger (6.75 inc... 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

Trail Cam Tip for Streetwise Bucks

Trail Cam Tip for Streetwise Bucks

By James Howell

Photo: This tactic helps you decide if a change in treestand sites is in order once mature bucks seem to vanish. Placing trail cameras to overlook a pile of corn or some type of feeder is probably the most common method of buck surveillance used by whitetail hunters. While you can have success capturing images of bucks in your area in the summer, p... READ MORE

Gun Slings: To Remove or Not to Remove?

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

Bottlenecks and Funnels

Bottlenecks and Funnels

By Ken Piper

Anything that brings more deer into less space increases your odds of success. Last week’s tip about fences was an example of the funnel effect, where a natural or man-made feature concentrates deer travel. But there are many types of funnels and bottlenecks that give you a better chance of seeing deer. When studying aerial photos or scouting... READ MORE

A Cameraman’s Advice for Learning Deer Calls

A Cameraman’s Advice for Learning Deer Calls

By Mark Oliver | Buckmasters TV Staff

Build your confidence by calling lightly at first. In time, you’ll learn when to REALLY go at it! I think a lot of new hunters are intimidated by the use of deer calls. Seems we get bombarded with advice from hunting shows and magazine articles to the point that we don't even know where to begin. It sure used to overwhelm me. It wasn't until ... READ MORE

De-stinkify Your Hands

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

Longer-Lasting Trail Markers

Longer-Lasting Trail Markers

By Albert Canady

My tip is a tree-friendly and longer-lasting way to mark the trials leading to and from your treestands. To begin, I like to use a quality electrical tape. I fold long strips around the limbs of trees along my trail, allowing several inches of the tape to hang from either side of the limb. Then I press the adhesive sides of the tape together to fo... READ MORE

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