Set Up for Muddy Boots
By Tim H. Martin
In sections of my home state of Alabama, we have a supernaturally sticky type of mud that gives deer hunters fits. The evil gray stuff is not-so-affectionately known as gumbo.
Found mostly in the Black Belt region, gumbo cakes up on the bottom of our boots to the point it often takes five minutes per boot to remove it with a stick. What a waste o... READ MORE
Virtually Perfect Practice
By Ken Piper, Executive Editor | Buckmasters
If I told you I’ve shot a thousand or more trophy bucks, you’d think I was either a poacher or a liar. I’m neither, and although the vast majority of those bucks were shot in a virtual setting, that experience has done more for my real bowhunting than any other type of practice or expensive gear. I’ve been shooting video hun... READ MORE
The Mock Intruder Trick
By Ed Rogers
Every hunter has his or her own method of convincing big bucks to come to their stand. Here is my favorite method of luring them in. Whenever I take a buck, I remove the tarsal glands. These are the dark, smelly patches of fur located inside the big bend of each hind leg. Some hunters call them hock glands. I scrape off any meat tissue, rub a littl... READ MORE
Nature’s Deer Alarms
By Cecil Adkins
Here’s a tip for Buckmasters fans I use when hunting in thick places such as overgrown fields, dense cutovers, heavy woods and sapling tickets. In places like this it’s often difficult, if not impossible, to monitor all directions for approaching whitetails. You simply cannot see far enough into the thick stuff. But Mother Nature has an... READ MORE
De-stinkify Your Hands
By Tim H. Martin
When I think back to the time I shot and field dressed my first buck, I can still remember the frustrations of trying to get the stink off my hands. That was nearly 40 years ago. Mind you, these were extra funky rutty hands, because I’d somehow managed to grab the buck’s hock glands while dragging it out of the woods — the classic... READ MORE
Extend Hand Warmer Life
By Randy Olson
Here in Minnesota, I go through a lot of hand warmers in a deer season, as you might imagine. If you hunt a lot, it can get expensive by the time you use them in your pockets, neck gaiter and boots or underneath your shirt. Over the years, I have discovered a way to get multiple sits out of my hand warmers. It’s really simple! Because the ing... READ MORE
Soldier’s Tip for Hunters
By Todd Davis
I learned a lot about how to stay quiet while I was in the Army. In the field, we constantly refined our equipment in ways that allowed us to move silently, without giving away our position to the enemy. Today's backpacks are usually covered with a number of buckles, straps, D-Rings and pulls. As you walk, all the added bells and whistles tend to j... READ MORE
Your Built-in Sandbag
By Tim H. Martin
In an earlier Buckmasters Tip of the Week, we discussed how using sandbags on shooting rails helps increase accuracy and steadies your firearm at the moment of truth.
Another tip discussed using an old sock filled with dirt as a makeshift sandbag to hang on shooting rails.
There are times when you won’t have access to sandbags or socks, but... READ MORE
Are You Shooting for Speed or Power with Your Hunting Crossbow?
By Bryan Zabitski, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies
These days, speed seems to be the primary selling feature of most hunting crossbows. With so much emphasis being put on speed, it is a good time to discuss an arrow’s kinetic energy and why it is important to consider its significance in the context of crossbow shooting and hunting. A lighter arrow that shoots faster out of your crossbow may ... 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
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
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
By Ken Piper
Which does are best to target for removal, young or mature? You’ve probably read many articles recommending taking big, healthy does to help reduce deer populations. And that’s not bad advice. It’s just not necessarily the best advice in all situations. Some biologists are taking a new approach to thinning herds and are recommendi... READ MORE
Living Buck Sensors: Other Deer
By Tim H. Martin
When a deer approaches a treestand or steps onto a food plot, the inexperienced hunter’s instinct is to shoot it as soon as possible, or before it gets away. There’s nothing wrong with that if the only goal is to quickly fill a tag and head to the processor, but it robs beginners of important learning experiences that will serve them w... 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