Don’t Split that Neck! Use the Y Cut
By Dave Graber
Photo: Dave Graber says there’s no need to split the entire neck of your buck when removing the cape. A small Y cut is MUCH better. Next time you shoot a buck you’d like to mount, but plan to cape (remove the skin from the skull) and freeze for later, do your taxidermist a favor. Don’t split the skin all the way up the back of the... READ MORE
A Heads Up on Tree Safety
By Ed Ciersezwski
Like most hunters, prior to the opening of deer season we all have projects to be done in preparation for a good, safe year of hunts. In 2017, I spent most of my pre-season time working on maintaining my trusty old stands and getting them spruced up for the season. I changed out rusty nuts and bolts, tightened loose ones, applied new coats of paint... READ MORE
Trail Cam Hang ’em High Setup
By Heath Tinker
With all the new scouting camera technology today, you’d think all the angles would’ve been explored by now. But a couple of years ago, someone gave me a great tip that has produced the best trail cam pictures I’ve ever gotten, even on public land! In my early years of hunting, I was blessed with places to hunt on private land, li... READ MORE
Scent Surroundings & Odor Killing
By David Cruson
Photo: Matching cover scents to the areas you are hunting is as important as using topical odor killing sprays. At a time when companies are dedicated to putting the best possible cover scents on the market, I’ve found many deer hunters are buying products that don’t even apply to their hunting areas. This makes no sense to me. If a hu... 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
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
Reverse Trail Blazing II
By Jon Harris and Tim H. Martin
My tip expounds on a stand location trick by Tim H. Martin on how to come and go like a ghost (see Reverse Trail Blazing I, below). For years, I’ve used a method similar to what Tim described, but I’ve added a twist. In reverse trail blazing, deer definitely use the easy-to-follow main trail and often, they make it all the way to the ba... READ MORE
A Different Kind of Resolution
By Diane Mormando and Tim H. Martin
Photo: Appreciating every moment in the deer stand and reflecting upon blessings is a New Year’s resolution every hunter should practice. This New Year, my hunting resolution is to appreciate my precious time in the woods. Hunting is not just about taking a big deer; it’s a special time to look inside your soul and enjoy life. – Diane M... READ MORE
Natural Boot Deodorizers
By Bernie Moss
Photo: Bernie Moss sent us a unique tip for deodorizing boots he learned from his uncle. Here, Bernie poses with a nice Ohio 8-pointer he took on his birthday. You know how new boots have a strong odor that’s difficult to get rid of? My uncle taught me his trick for deodorizing new boots, as well as his old, well-worn boots. I grew up on a fa... READ MORE
Simple Solutions for Bowhunting Misses
By Bob Humphrey and Yamaha Outdoors
Photo: There’s usually a simple solution for eliminating bowhunting miscues. There are many reasons why bowhunters miss deer. The most common is simply misjudging distance. That one’s relatively easy to remedy. Use a rangefinder. You should also spend idle time on stand practicing your range estimation. Pick a spot, ... READ MORE
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
Easy Turkey Decoy (and Other Gear) Repair
By Jim Harkless
Turkey decoys take a lot of abuse. After several years of folding mine and stuffing them into my backpack, the seams on the undersides have begun to split and separate. This seems to be fairly common with inflatable, foam and rubber decoys. The splitting usually occurs around the area where the stakes go into place. But the busted seam will eventua... 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
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
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