Wooden Ladder Love
By John F. Bruce
My tip expounds on an earlier Tip of the Week about treestand care — specifically, what happens to wooden ladder stands after the tree grows and sways in wind and rain for a year. Between tree growth and weather, nails and screws holding together wooden ladder stands are especially susceptible to becoming loose or growing into the tree. Look ... 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
Extra Water Bottles
By Bob Buckalew
It might make my backpack weigh a little more, but I have always liked to carry extra bottles of water with me while hunting and scouting.
Of course, the main reason is to have something to drink and stay hydrated, but there are also other uses for the bottled water and empties.
After field dressing a deer, an extra bottle or two is handy for was... READ MORE
Fences Concentrate Deer Trails
By Ken Piper
Use these obstacles to your advantage when selecting stand sites. Fences are common in many deer hunting areas, and it’s easy to find heavily used crossings. Deer cross fences by ducking under or jumping over. Either way, they tend to leave hair on the wire or wood. Where they duck under, they wallow out a distinct depression and kill the veg... READ MORE
Reverse Trail Blazing
By Tim H. Martin
Here's the way to come and go like a ghost.
I like to hunt in the hard-to-get-to places. This often means finding a stand site where most hunters won't go, simply because it's too hard to get to quietly. These are the places where the big bucks are!
Here in Alabama, some of the places I like to hunt are thorny, surrounded by deadfall and downrigh... READ MORE
Best to Bomb That Blind
By Jamie Terrell
The first time you hunt from a deer stand could be one of the most dangerous. This is especially true in early season. As many hunters have experienced, wasps, hornets and wild bees find box blinds and shooting houses to be perfect places to build their nests over the summer months. Getting stung while climbing a ladder is a scary scenario. Some pe... 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
Unwanted Scent Trail Visitors
By Christine Miller
Photo: Montana’s Christine Miller took this fine 8-pointer at her favorite spot. She shares her story about being followed from that stand by an unknown creature, along with advice on when not to leave a scent trail with buck lure.
I'm a female hunter from Montana who doesn’t mind the strong smell of buck-in-rut lures. They are highly ... READ MORE
More Unusual Tactics & Tips
By Jamie Gemino
I’m just being honest when I say I’ve been very successful the past few years to have taken some monster bucks in my home state of Indiana. Buckmasters fans have been sending some very unusual tips to Tip of the Week, and I’d like to share some of my own methods for putting nice bucks on my wall. Pop-up Blind Backdoor Ambush Matu... 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
Doe-in-rut Lures Year-round? You Bet!
By Mike Beal
Photo: Whether the leaves are green, turning colors, or there is snow on the ground, doe-in-rut (estrous) lures attract bucks year-round. I've been bowhunting deer for 30 years, and I’ve heard many hunters argue that using deer scents out of season, particularly when there’s no rut, is a waste of time. After several experiences I’... READ MORE
Trail Cam Tip: Don’t Just Pile It On
By Gail McKee
For those of you who use trail cameras like I do, I think you'll find this tip very useful. It might become part of your standard operating procedure when it comes to capturing images of whitetails. I've noticed deer will stay longer in front of my camera if I take a moment to broadcast the corn and other attractants instead of just dumping it in a... READ MORE
2-D Man Decoys
By Jack Baker
As an avid bowhunter, I'll use every trick in the book, no matter how crazy, to fool a deer's senses. This particular tip will help deceive their eyes.
How many times has a deer approached your stand only to suddenly notice you because it wasn't used to seeing a bulky shape there before?
Boom - you're busted!
When hunting from treestands —... READ MORE
Hunting’s Most Overlooked Resource?
By James Blackmon
As hunters, we are always looking for resources to improve our scouting and hunting. If you are like me, you have spent a lot of time scouring maps, walking properties and talking to farmers and other hunters about where they’ve seen deer. We also invest a lot of research, time and money into scouting technology and hunting gear: digital top... READ MORE
When Jays are Squawking . . .
By Donald Spotts
One of my favorite tips is something I suppose many hunters think about, but rarely talk about. Next time you hear blue jays making a fuss, remember this phrase: “When jays are squawking, something’s walking.” Blue jays consider deer to be intruders, and they often follow them just like they will a cat or other predator. Their ru... READ MORE