By Chuck Burklund
Backstraps and tenderloins are popular cuts of deer meat, but I never hear anyone talking about my favorite piece of the deer, venison flat iron steak.
That's probably because it's not the easiest cut to find and separate out. It's found on the top of the shoulder blade and is a distinctive muscle group.
The flat iron steaks are about 6 to 9 inch... 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
Gut Shot Prevention
By Lorelei Menist
I believe one of the most common fundamental errors made by hunters is shooting at moving animals. Whether hunting with guns or archery gear, knowing how and when to properly stop a whitetail will help you make a lethal shot and save a lot of long blood trails. Better shot placement starts with learning to be patient when a deer appears, and resist... READ MORE
Freeze & Fly Your Trophy
By Dave Graber
Photo: Dave Graber poses with his trophy of a lifetime, a mountain lion from Arizona. Dave shares a cost-saving tip that will help deer hunters fly home with their frozen capes as carry on luggage. Recently, I had a successful mountain lion hunt in Arizona. Like successful deer hunters who travel by air, I had to figure out the best way to get my t... 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
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
Whistle While You . . . Hunt?
By Oren Haney
I’d like to share a tip with Buckmasters readers that my dad taught me decades ago when I was only 10 years old. It happened when my father came to me and said he wanted me to go into the woods and collect some meat for the dinner table. Dad told me to take my .22 and try to get a rabbit or two. I had never stalked for rabbits with anything o... READ MORE
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
“Guinea Pigs” for Trophy Bucks
By Melody Jackson
When it comes to holding out for mature bucks, one thing I believe many hunters lack is patience — especially when other deer are on the field. It’s very tempting to quickly add venison to the freezer when fat does and bucks with marginal racks appear. I have learned the older, smarter bucks are lurking back in the shadows, sometimes f... READ MORE
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
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
Scent-soaked Sock Secret
By Armand Tetreault
Photo: Armand Tetreault wasn’t afraid to try an unusual tactic. In only four years, it has helped him put 13 deer in the freezer, including this Rhode Island buck. I am 54 years old and fairly new to the sport of whitetail hunting. Since my hunting career hasn’t been all that long, many hunters might assume I wouldn’t have much to... READ MORE
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
Don’t Fear the Grunt Tube
By Billy Wright
This season, I realized something about grunt tubes I’d like to share with Buckmasters fans. Sometimes bucks will not respond to one type of grunt, but another will bring them right in. This discovery came with a 9 1/2-year-old buck I took during the second weekend of Oklahoma’s 2017 rifle season. We only have a two-week rifle season, s... READ MORE
Do-It-Yourself Swivel Stool
By V. Crews
Here’s an easy-to-make and very comfortable hunting seat. It’s lightweight, portable, swivels and is a good height for just about anyone.
5 gallon bucket with handle
Jon Boat seat Swivel base (the square kind that will fit flat against bucket)
Pencil or marker Drill and drill bit (likely 1/4")
Bolts, washers... READ MORE