Pass? Shoot? Wait?
By Michael O’Brien and Tim H. Martin
Photo: A deer’s body angle, your adrenaline, a deer’s demeanor and confident shooting are all part of making effective shots. Have you ever panicked when a deer showed up? Have you ever fired a shot with the adrenaline pumping and before the optimum shot was offered? If you are an experienced hunter, you probably know what happens next,... READ MORE
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
Take Time to Take Photos
By Tim H. Martin
In hunting, the chance to capture a special memory on film passes like lyrics to a song by Kansas: “Only for a moment, and the moment’s gone.” I learned that lesson the hard way in 1977 on Thanksgiving Day when my father took me deer hunting for the very first time, but we never took a single picture. We’d jumped a herd of ... READ MORE
Dark Woods Dilemma?
By Cyndie Fox
Photo: Alaskans like Cyndie Fox are prepared for short days and handling situations in the dark. Shown here with a black-tailed buck and gorgeous Arctic fox, Cyndie shares a great tip with whitetail hunters. Buckmasters fans, hello from Anchorage, Alaska! Although we don’t have whitetails like you in the lower 48, we do have black-tailed deer... READ MORE
Eliminate Tree-hugger Stands
By Mike Stamp
Have you ever tried to stand up and draw your bow in a fixed-position stand that had been set up crookedly? It can be scary and dangerous. When I set up my stands, I like to get them comfortably level from the get-go. That’s why I bring a 6-inch level with me on treestand setup day. First, I lay the level on the foot platform, making sure it ... READ MORE
No Knife Sharpener, No Problem!
By Karl Bechtel
Whether you are filleting fish or field dressing a deer, there are times you need to touch up the edge of a knife in the field but there simply isn't a sharpener on hand.
I've found a great way to touch up the edge of a knife in almost any situation.
Next time you realize you have a dull edge and your sharpener is at home, roll down your truck or... READ MORE
Flashlights Save Lives
By Tim H. Martin
Several years ago, something terrible happened that caused me to re-think the value of a flashlight. It’s the reason I carry multiple flashlights in my backpack today, just in case one stops working. About 10 miles from my hunting land, a man was hunting with his son and a family friend. There was a tragic incident that has haunted me for yea... READ MORE
Go With Your Gut!
By Mike Handley
Photo: The night before he arrowed this Nebraska brute, Rack magazine editor Mike Handley bought The Can on a whim. Going with his gut has worked well for Mike during his long and successful hunting career. Going with your instincts is an important element of deer hunting. Sure, experimenting in the field will sometimes result in flubs, but experim... READ MORE
Curing the Wet Slate Blues
By Christopher Anderson
Here’s a question for my fellow turkey hunters. Have you ever gotten set up on some birds just before sunrise; the hens and gobblers are all talking. You pick up your favorite slate call just as the turkeys begin to pitch down only to find morning dew has dampened the call surface and it won’t make a sound? This has happened to me more ... READ MORE
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
No Sweat? No Sweat!
By Ron Miller
Photo: Ron Miller poses with a nice 10-pointer he took on top of a hard-to-get-to hill in Montana. The tip he shares about reducing sweat will help hunters keep dryer, warmer and sit still longer.
Here in Montana, getting to my hunting area usually involves hiking steep hills in frigid conditions.
One of my favorite spots is on top of a small mou... READ MORE
Rattling & The Be-Bold Mindset
By Willard Sullivan
Photo: Whether bowhunting or firearm hunting, many hunters are losing their fear of rattling. I have a story I’d like to share with Buckmasters fans. What happened inspired more of a mindset than a tip, and it’s incredibly worthwhile. Last season, I watched a massive-bodied buck appear across the property line and, at first, I simply ho... READ MORE
The Eyes Have It
By J. Everett Moore Jr.
With the average age of hunters being in the mid-40s, many of us are at the point in our lives when it pays to be aware of potential medical complications that can begin to creep in during midlife. Most everyone knows of the increased risk of heart disease, colon or breast cancer or even stroke. Other than purchasing a cheap set of reading glasses,... READ MORE
Curiosity Killed the Buck
By Mike Smith
In my home state of Missouri, it is currently illegal to use bait for hunting deer or wild turkey. But I’ve figured out another way to attract them that’s perfectly legal, and it will work anywhere.
I use an ordinary garden rake to take advantage of the curious nature of deer and turkeys.
I rake the ground about 15 to 20 yards from wh... READ MORE
What’s the Rush?
By Anthony Smith
Photo: You’ll never know if your buck of a lifetime was on its way if you shoot the doe it was chasing. My tip is a bit of advice that could help deer hunters whether they are inexperienced or have been hunting whitetails for years. It’s something I learned by chance one morning while in a treestand, but I plan to practice this from now... READ MORE