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
Bowhunting Practice: Replicate Scenarios
By Shannon Shipley and Tim H. Martin
When getting ready for bow season, I have learned to practice shooting for all sorts of scenarios. No two situations are alike when it comes to the moment of truth for shooting whitetails. I like to prepare for the unexpected, and my practice routine includes shooting at every angle imaginable. The only way to properly do this is to replicate a hu... 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
Still-Hunting, Still Awesome
By Tim Knight
Photo: Still-hunting (stalking) presents a different set of challenges than hunting from a blind or stand. Still, it can be both fun and effective. – Photo Courtesy Luke Noffsinger Still-hunting (stalking) presents a different set of challenges than hunting from a blind or treestand. Still, this age-old method can be both fun and effective, a... READ MORE
Hand Warmer, Rubber Band & Tink's Trick
By Carl Harris
Here's a little trick I like to use during the rut, especially on cold days. It's really easy and will help you conserve your liquid scents, saving you money in the end. I like to take a hand warmer, like a HotHands pad, and secure it to my bottle of Tink's attractant with a rubber band. Before I get close to my stand, or sometimes before I leave t... READ MORE
Rock Solid in a Pinch
By Tim H. Martin
Photo: The shooting house where Tim H. Martin took this Texas management buck did not come equipped with a sandbag to steady his rifle, so the Buckmasters Tip Editor made one. There's an old shooter's adage that still holds a lot of truth today: "You are only as good as your rest." Today, most shooting houses and ladder-type treestands are equipped... READ MORE
Conquer the Dead Zone
By Tim H. Martin
Photo: Because it stepped into a dead zone, Buckmasters Tip Editor, Tim H. Martin, had to go southpaw in order to smoke this Alabama 10-pointer. Tim learned this trick from a U.S. Army shooting instructor. Try this test sitting down, as if you were in your treestand: Using an imaginary rifle, without moving below the waist, pretend a deer is direct... READ MORE
A Little Off the Top
By Ken Piper
Sometimes we focus so much on what we can see from a stand that we forget to consider what a deer sees from his angle. Whether you’re hunting with a gun, bow or muzzleloader, you will almost always have to make some kind of movement to get a shot. While a whitetail’s sense of smell is his best defense, ignore his vision at your peril. C... READ MORE
Deer Don’t Wear Watches
By Ed Ciersezwski
Photo: When was the last time you saw a deer wearing a watch? It might take abandoning yours to start seeing deer again. After spending many years hunting white-tailed deer, I have come to the conclusion that if they don’t wear watches, why should I? Think about it; they don’t care if it’s breakfast, lunchtime or even time to go ... READ MORE
Nifty Turkey Toter
By Bill Neibecker
If you've ever tried to carry a turkey out of the woods, you know how cumbersome it can be. Once the adrenaline from your big moment wears off, that bird can get heavy in a hurry!
I have a tip for turkey hunters that will make this task a breeze, even if the hike back to your vehicle or house is a significant distance.
Any kind of padded strap wi... READ MORE
Treestand Noise Dampener
By Thomas R. Kelley
Most of the time, I hunt from a ladder stand. They are awesome once you've settled in, but have a bad reputation for being noisy while you ascend and descend.
Even if I take my time climbing and am careful to be quiet on the way up, gear will often bang against the sides of the ladder, and the legs will sometimes creak.
Another noise factor is wh... READ MORE
Give the Most to Your Host
By Rob ‘Buck Rub’ Cyr
If you are blessed enough to have access to hunting on private land, be thankful, but also, get to know your hosts. Think about things from the perspective of the landowner and ask yourself these questions: Are you the type of hunter YOU would enjoy having on your property? Would you enjoy having YOU around? Hopefully, your host perceives you as a ... READ MORE
Speed Isn’t Everything
By Ken Piper
Both gun hunters and bowhunters favor a flat-shooting projectile. The flatter a bullet or arrow travels, the less the hunter has to worry about aiming high or low to compensate for varying distance to the target. Unless you’re hunting out West or on large greenfields, most firearms shots don’t require compensation. And if you do hunt in... 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
Kitchen Gadget Arrow Puller
By Jim Kotsones
Have you ever had trouble pulling wet arrows from targets, or buried your arrows so deeply into a new target that you struggled to remove them with bare fingers? I certainly have.
Slick aluminum or graphite arrows with small-diameter shafts can also be incredibly hard to pull from targets. You can actually develop shoulder and elbow injuries if yo... READ MORE