Tips & Tactics

Deer Calls: Go All Out!

Deer Calls: Go All Out!

By Donnie Carroll

I’d like to share something with Buckmasters fans that I learned as a young hunter. When I was a kid, my dad wasn’t always as open to trying out new tactics as I was. We didn’t do a lot of exploring when we hunted together. When I finally reached the age when I could hunt all by myself, I found myself testing out things I’d... READ MORE

Smooth Is the Groove

Smooth Is the Groove

By Ken Piper

We’d all like to improve our shooting, whether we use a gun, a bow or both. We owe it to the animals we hunt to make the best shot possible, and nobody wants to miss the trophy of a lifetime. There are books on proper shooting, but everyone can benefit from this simple tip: The moment of release is critical to a good shot. "Punching" the trig... READ MORE

Taming Hoist Rope Coils

Taming Hoist Rope Coils

By Bryan Lewis

There are several things that annoy me when it comes to cords we use to hoist and lower our bows, backpacks, guns and gear from the treestand. Strings often get tangled and twisted in saplings, noisy leaves, sticks and clutter on the ground, and I’ve never liked the way pull cords flap in the breeze when they are hanging free. Also, once you&... READ MORE

Using Ethanol-free Gas? Maybe . . . Maybe Not!

Using Ethanol-free Gas? Maybe . . . Maybe Not!

By Wayne Edgerton

Photo: If the gas pump you’re using has a single hose for a multitude of grades, you could be putting ethanol into your small engines. I recently read your Tip of the Week about off-season ATV and small engine care by Buckmasters Editor Ken Piper. This was a fantastic tip every hunter and ATV owner should read because we all use gas-powered A... READ MORE

Hay Bale Hideaways

Hay Bale Hideaways

By Frank Mayes

I’ve hunted in Missouri for many years. Until the past few seasons, ground blinds and ladder stands have been the main types of stands I’ve hunted from. Now, I’m discovering one of the most effective ways to ambush whitetails is from behind hay bales. I’ve had deer walk within 10 feet of me and never know I was there! My set... READ MORE

Cheap Cleanup Tips

Cheap Cleanup Tips

By Justin Miller

Deer hunters often need water for cleanup after field dressing a deer, but have to figure out what to do if there isn’t a convenient water source nearby. Like most hunters, I carry a little drinking water, but nothing more since all my gear and gadgets take up precious backpack space. I’ve found a great free item to keep in my pack a... READ MORE

Simple Solutions for Bowhunting Misses

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

Fences Concentrate Deer Trails

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

“Guinea Pigs” for Trophy Bucks

“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

Pressured Bucks? Try 10 ‘til 2!

Pressured Bucks? Try 10 ‘til 2!

By Kyle Albrecht

I’ve kept my key to public land success a secret for some time now, but am glad to share with fellow Buckmasters fans. I like to bowhunt Missouri’s public hunting grounds from mid-September through mid-January, which is a long archery season. This is permissible in Missouri because a compound bow is considered a legal weapon during all... READ MORE

Slick Broadhead and Field Tip Trick

Slick Broadhead and Field Tip Trick

By Martin Garthaffner

Considering I started my bowhunting career 53 years ago with crude wooden arrows and a primitive longbow, I view modern archery and bowhunting as an entirely different world now. The changes are remarkable! However, one thing that has not changed is that bowhunters still lose a precious arrow occasionally.  Whether it’s a stray one (or ... READ MORE

Misery and Mind Games

Misery and Mind Games

By Jason Reid

Through my experiences in sports and hunting, I’ve learned successful people are those who remain clear-headed, calm and patient under pressure. I’ve also noticed they remember to enjoy each and every moment God gives us, no matter the circumstances. I’d like to share a recent revelation about the mental aspects of hunting. Betwe... READ MORE

Aim Small, Miss Small

Aim Small, Miss Small

By Tim H. Martin

Photo: The aim small, miss small philosophy helped Buckmasters’ Ken Piper take this Illinois dream buck — and countless others — with a single arrow. When Buckmasters Executive Editor Ken Piper first started working with me nearly two decades ago, we shot our bows nearly every afternoon on a little range outside the office. At fi... READ MORE

Stopping the Gunsling Slide

Stopping the Gunsling Slide

By Mark Kay

One of my biggest pet peeves when I’m walking to and from my deer stand is constantly dealing with my rifle sliding off my shoulder. It seems like the gunsling slides down with every few steps I take, and I have to keep one hand on it most of the time. I’m sure you’ve had this happen, too, and you’ve probably done as I have ... READ MORE

Step Up to Your Climber

Step Up to Your Climber

By Tim H. Martin

Here's a dilemma most hunters have dealt with when setting up a climbing stand: You're scouting a new area and finally locate the right tree to give you the perfect vantage point. You can see, shoot and stay upwind, and the way the game trails intersect nearby, you just know this tree is The One to help you ambush a big buck. But there's just one ... READ MORE

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